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Praying in Jesus’ Name

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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March 23, 2022 8:00 am

Praying in Jesus’ Name

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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Jesus's name is not a name to be playing with Dr. Tony Evans talks about people who think that calling on Jesus name is kind of like saying abracadabra. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker and pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative is one of those things Christians do good. Don't always understand. I'm talking about wrapping up a prayer with the words in Jesus name. Well today Dr. Evans takes us to John chapter 16 as he talks about connecting with the power in that name by using it the way God intended. Let's join name for personal benefit and privilege to illegitimately and in an unauthorized way seek to benefit from somebody else's identity is against the law. Unfortunately, many Christians are spiritual forgers because often we as believers use Jesus's name to get what we want when we've not been authorized to do so and that becomes a gentleman easily go pray.

It is normal for us to conclude our prayers with Jesus is name and yet for many of us when we conclude our friends that way. We just canceled our request because it was forgery.

It was an illegitimate use of his name.

Yet it is the most important phrase in a prayer when you conclude your prayer in Jesus's name to determine whether you get what you ask for, or whether you don't. He says when you asked for anything in my name you will receive it. Yet we often testify that we've use the name and not.what we asked for what I want us to look at today is whether we been using it legally or illegally, because the use of the name and it's legitimate. See all that will determine whether we get what we pray for if we pray at all.

So I want to look at three things because if you grab what I said would you today, you will see prayers answered like you've never seen that before.

You'll see kingdom authority leave in eternity and come in the time leave heaven and come down the earth leave the infinite enjoying the finite, because we will have made contact with eternity.

Now the first thing we gotta answer is what is this concept. What is this principle of bonhomie what what does that even mean to understand that we have to understand a little bit of theology here. God has already determined that what he does in history on earth where you and I live. He will do by means of Jesus Christ.

God is in the words of theologians only other another word for that is transcendent. Another homegrown work that is the way out there.

God is way out that he exists in a hall another round. But we live here in the realm of the five senses. How can I get that realm way out there to join me in this room way down the way that vibrant and meaningful. God is establish a mechanism a means through a person to cut the two rounds that's why first Timothy 25 says there is one mediator, one in between person between God and man.

And that is the man Christ Jesus. When we talk about his name when not talking about his nomenclature alone when talking about the person who stands behind the name.

So when you talk about in the name of Jesus, you need to know the Jesus whose name you just you can't just be the word and has to be the authorized use of the person whose name you just called in John chapter 11 tells mother to move the stone.

He says mother want to move the stone verse 39, 42, John 11, Martha says well. He states he been there for days Jesus that did not tell you. You wouldn't see what I'm up to tell you believe which one the feeling was move the stone when she finally got around to moving the stone yes were Jesus as a says Jesus after she gently told the Duke then Jesus raised his head toward the father and this is what Jesus says father you do always answer my prayers.

You do always answer my prayers and guess what happened after that a miracle a change of a situation that this is called for, because Jesus has been engaged legitimately authorized way, and his name is you so the question on the floor is not whether you're using the nomenclature, but whether you're using it in an authorized way because an on authorized use of his name means a meaningless prayer request because the father loves the son and response to the sun any response to us who responded to the son of the father response to so he makes the statement that the username you must use it in an Authorized Way, #2 what are the prerequisites for me being able to use the name legitimately and with kingdom authority so that I can get seven to come down in the mine history and blow my mind to answer my prayers to respond to my request to go to the beach, But it will change your prayer life will empower your prayer life and you will see, you will have to live on the testimony because you will see that your prayers got through and that God actually heard your request so what are the prerequisites for answered prayer. I can sum it up in one word that was on the introduction today. If you want Jesus's name have authority in your prayer life that must meet total surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This is not about say for most Christians commitment to Jesus Christ is a buffet when you go to the buffet line of what this I don't want that. I want that I don't want that we pick and choose the path of Jesus. We like we prefer and we want this is not about say God demands total surrender Romans chapter 14 verses eight and nine says Jesus live and Jesus died to control all of your life not a part of it, not Sunday morning. He wants everybody to the 23rd Friday Saturday Sunday again 24 seven and everything you do in each one of those minutes of each one of those days that he wants that we know we're not perfect people, but he wants that to be the mindset that mentality, the orientation, if you expect him to listen to your prayers. If you are a part-time Christian.

Don't expect big time answers. He demands total surrender.

When you tell your child you want them to do something you want total surrender.

You want more than commitment. They may make a commitment and you have to you want surrender that you don't want a whole lot of discussion I would like for you to do this but mama no no no no I want you to surrender to my instructions. What even when it's not preferred because that's what surrender is to read it just because I like it.

Serenity is because you said it is submission to his Lordship or, as in Luke 646 says. Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and don't do what I say. In other words you can't say Lord and rebel because if you say Lord and rebel.

The word Lord was wasted compensation not mean you are now my master. I am now your servant and slave I get to do what you say do what I preferred one like it or not it is the absence of Lordship that keeps prayers on answer.

It is the absence of its comprehensive rule because God knows that we go pick and choose what we like pick and choose what we want so you don't have total control. PS some commitment sometime and he wants absolute complete surrender, Dr. Evans will come back in a moment to continue this lesson from a series igniting kingdom. Prayer this two-volume 12 message collection will teach you how to pray with the power that can move mountains, solve problems, heal relationships and even change God's mind.

Contact us today is yours with our thanks when you make a contribution to help keep Tony's teaching coming your way on the station just visited Tony or give us a call at 1-800-800-3222 will get back to Dr. Evans in today's lesson right after this last designer's plans. I swing in creativity and tied on full display of an amazing opportunity to experience it out with Tony Irvin altering this coming August 6 immersed herself in God's creation. That's where he received great things and either get six to Harry Seri Tony Evans.when you look at Colossians chapter 3 something very interesting. Beginning in verse 17.

These words what ever you do in word or deed in the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the father. Let me read that again. Whatever you do in word what you say or do what you do, always saying or doing something you all, not some in the Lord Jesus. When you decide not whole life is all by him; another verse you will like it, but I need to quote it is found in first Corinthians chapter 6 verses 19 and 20. Hello do you seatbelt because this will rock your world. He says conference review 619 and 20.

You are not your own. You been bought with a price. You don't get so you want to become a Christian, you don't get all you said you are not your own.

Bought and paid for you with my blood on the cross so don't say what you do. When I say something different.

You don't know you see the problem with too many of us as we still own ourselves and you all you you know you want to pray to you because you will pay says you have been bought with a price.

You are not your own. If you are willing to give up ownership of your life.

Now you can have access and kingdom authority in prayer you can see God move he wants. Though your home your life, your money, your time after you work late.

It was hello once total ownership.

If you want answered prayer. If you want to see happen. If you want to see kingdom authority manifested in your life if you want to see the will of God demonstrated must be surrender for kingdom authority to be realized against kingdom authority of the divinely authorized right and responsibility for believers on God's behalf, and spiritually. Ruling always creation of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Listen, the more you surrender, the more you'll see the supernatural will become more neutral now.

This is going to involve your growth in spiritual intimacy because the closer you get to him, the more you'll trust his Lordship. See, it's scary to say. Only me, let him hold me if you not close to him because then you wonder what he going to do me so that's why growth and intimacy is critical to experiencing his authority you want to draw near to him you want to get close to him.

That's why the Scripture talks about how much the father loves the son, they are so into each other that they never turn to jump down because they so into each other. He wants us to be into him like that you abide in me and my words abide in you asked me what ever you want to and I will do it for you because we hang out together. You settled the Lordship issue. Matthew 624 no man can serve two masters. You can have the Lord and anything as a final decision-maker know everybody has ideas. Only the Lord, gets the final decision maker to rule and overrule your manhood over your marriage, your single work of finances overruled activities all the entertainment she wants to hold that is if you want to see Kevin's authority on earth. So we dealt with what it means to pray in his name we look at the prerequisites of the pregnancy may if you are a rev. Three. If you have not surrendered your prayer is hit the ceiling and bouncing back. So what can you expect when you pray in his name, you can expect God to intervene in the affairs of earth on your behalf. James chapter 5 verses 13 to 15. He says if you pray in the name of the Lord, the prayer will heal the sick and address the sin that all sickness is not due to sin but a lot of sickness is what God is saying is if I can ever get to the spiritual we could do a lot better with the physical sleep most of our prayers. Once we want God to change them in the physical give me more money give me better health. Give me a new car. Give me a new housekeeping is close to me. If we want God to do something in the physical is nothing wrong with that but we often wanted to do stuff in the physical without touching the spiritual don't touch my sin, but give him a blessing. Don't touch, not rebellion, but give me my blessed know he doesn't mind changing the physical, but he wants to address the spiritual that brings in a monster authority kingdom authority when it came about is the monster. The name of Jesus gives you power over the devil, because much of what we deal with has come from him, or through him by in Luke chapter 10 versus 17 to 19.

He told his disciples. These have a come sit with his disciples and he says you have authority over the devil in my name.

You tread among the demon to tread on top of the demons instead of the devil and the demons walking on you. You walk in on them, tread means to walk when the last time he walked on the steps walked all devil and he welcomed you revenue. Walking over you. He says I give you authority to use the word authority to tread on the devil and his demonic scorpion. Why because many of the issues we have are demonically exacerbated. See, we think the problem in the divorce book personalities that won the problem.

The problem is, the devil got holier personalities with the demons got a hold of your personality, your personalities got amped up and you immediately when you thought you were you ever said more irresponsible than you thought you were because what demons do if they infiltrate a simple situation and they magnify so they make it worse than it is worse than it was. So unless you can trample on the day when you can't solve the problem that the demon exacerbated but if you don't even think the devil is involved in demons on about not going to have to spiritual. You will just try to address a social, political or other financial without addressing the demonic inspiration of it that you can travel this in the street. I love this in chapter 19 of acts verse 13 to 17 okay Paul is casting out demons in Jesus's name. He does get rid of demons in Jesus name the sick of being healed supernatural is occurring regularly in Jesus's. While some dudes see this and they say women. Women are you listening Jesus stuff happening while we do because they concluded there's magic in his is a magical name. So they came to this demon possessed person son Steven and they use the name of Jesus.

I do like Jesus Jesus Jesus James states an act 19, said the demon spoke up. Demon spoke up and the demon says Jesus. We know all we know will know you folks are just the man and jumped onto the was used in the name of J strip that clause and it says and they ran out. Why, because when you don't know how you and you still use the name you invite all to jump all over you and make things right on you, in Jesus's name, James's name is not an to be played with no magic, you just throw out the person behind the name. You don't know the person submitted to the present with the person following the person yielding to the person submitted to the products and don't expect Dr. Evans will come back in a moment with a final thought about how that power can be accessed, but first I wanted to let you know that the popular film journey with Jesus, starring Dr. Evans, Crystal Priscilla and Anthony is now available to stream online for a limited time journey with Jesus previously only shown in theaters was filmed on location in Israel and follows the steps of Jesus through the holy land. Get more information on how you can stream this powerful film. When you visit Tony as we the learning kingdom. Prayer isn't just any prayer. It starts with understanding God's comprehensive authority over every area of life.

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Prayer CD or digital download is a way of saying thank you, when you make a donation to help continue this listener supported ministry make the arrangements or call 1-800-800-3222 again that's Tony or by phone at 1-800-800-3222. Our resource team members are available 24 seven. The call anytime of the day or night. God has unlimited power. We have continuing needs. It literally seems like a match made in heaven so why aren't more believers seeing their needs met. Dr. Evans will have the answer for us tomorrow. Right now though his back with his closing story.

When you go to the bank to withdraw some money. I guarantee you say show me your ID when you go to a hotel, you say I have a reservation. My name is John Jos give me your ID because I want to make sure all that you're not a fraud that want to make sure that you will you declare yourself, the beach, you have the right and privilege to get what is being when you get on your knees to pray you go to your heavenly father said father I want this. I may help me over here deliberately over that God have a question, show me your ID what right and authority do you have right now to come to my throne and make this request and you expect me to let you win. Is your ID you got to do is tell them, in the name of the Lord Jesus submitted my life to rose out of my life controls my life who are not ashamed to be identified with the words of the apostle Paul said, I'm not ashamed of the gospel is the power of God unto salvation.

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