Have you ever wondered what it means to pray in the name of Jesus? When we end our prayers, we usually always say “in Jesus name, amen.” And we believe because we have been taught, praying in Jesus name guarantees a reply. (John 14:13). At the same time, we all know from experience; this is not the case. No one, in our day and age, has prayed in Jesus name and experienced healing every time or even a solution to your financial situation every time. Most of the time we have to pray again and again before something starts to happen. So why is there such a discrepancy between John 14:13 that says He will answer our prayers, and what we experience when we say our prayers?
Gotquestions.org defines praying in the name of Jesus as praying according to His will. And that is what most denominations preach and teach, praying in the name of Jesus is praying according to His will. Because we so often dont get answers to our prayers for healing, we have accepted the idea that we are not always healed even when we ask for something that is His will. From experiences like these comes a lot of weird theology. As human beings, we need to explain what we dont understand, so when we see a discrepancy between what the Bible says and what we experience, we come up with a lot of unbiblical explanations in an attempt to explain why our prayers go unanswered.
If we believe what the Bible says that we are healed by His stripes, we believe His will is to heal us in every area of our life. Nowhere in the Bible does it say He might not heal you, or He might not heal right away. When Yeshua and the disciples prayed for someone, they were healed there and then right away. So why then are we not seeing healing in our lives when we ask for it. ? When we pray for healing our prayers are not always answered. When we pray for financial healing and deliverance, our prayers are sometimes not heard, and it can take years before we see any result. So if John 14:13 is true, why then are we not seeing more healings, deliverances, and prosperity when we pray according to His will?
It is painfully obvious something is wrong somewhere, and it is not the Bible, it is our understanding of the Bible and what we have been taught. It has become normal for us to expect Yehovah to say no when we pray for healing, but where in the book of Acts do we ever see the apostles tell someone “it might not happen”? When the Apostles prayed for healing everyone was healed, when Yeshua prayed for healing, everyone was healed. So why are we not seeing this today in the church amongst faithful believers in the cross of Christ?
John 13:14 says whoever prays in His name, the name of Jesus is guaranteed an answer to prayer. The Apostles and Yeshua prayed in the name of Yeshua; they had their prayers answered. We believe we are praying in the name of Yeshua when the truth is we are praying in the names of Martin Luther, Constantine the Great, Marcion, Augustine, and other church fathers. Some of us are even praying in the names of our pastors or our favorite TV evangelists. This is why we are not seeing the book of Acts lived out in the mainstream church today because they prayed in the authority of Yeshua’s name, but we are praying in the authority of human beings.
To understand the difference between what we are doing, and what they did, we have to understand what the Bible defines as healing. We also have to accept it is always the will of Yehovah to heal us (Deut 28:1-13, Isaiah 53:5)
We are so used to thinking healing always equals physical healing. But most of the time, our physical problems has its roots in other areas of our lives. If we expect Yehovah to heal our physical problem, and we dont give Him the opportunity first to heal the root that might be in other areas of our lives, we can end up rejecting His healing all together. He is the one who made us, so He is the one who knows the best way to heal us.
Every time Yeshua and His disciples healed someone they always told them to repent and come back to Torah obedience. We see this in Deut 28:1-45 where it says sickness, disease, and poverty are a result of our disobedience to the Torah. So if you are sick right now, or you need healing in any area of your life, the root cause of your sickness lies in your attitude towards the Torah.
Most churches will tell you healing is a gift to anyone without any conditions. The only thing you have to do is ask and believe, and He will heal you no matter what you believe in. As we have seen from the Bible, this is not true. But why do most churches preach something that is not true? Because they have lost sight of the Jewishness of the Bible. They have forgotten that up until the time of Constantine the Great, every believer in Christ was a Messianic Jew. And the interesting thing is this, if we read church history we will soon notice how believers in Christ lived the book of Acts until Constantine decided it was a crime for a believer in Christ to participate in anything Jewish and obey the Torah. So when Christians obeyed Constantine and stopped following the Torah, the supernatural life of the book of Acts stopped as well.
Up until Constantine made it a crime for a Christian to obey the Torah and live as a Messianic believer, Christians lived the supernatural life from the book of Acts we all dream of. Does this explain why we in our day and age dont see healings as they saw in the book of Acts?. The one thing that separates the mainstream Church today from the believers in the book of Acts is Torah obedience. They lived their lives in obedience to the law of Moses, believing in the cross of Yeshua. We live our lives believing in the cross of Yeshua, not being obedient to the Torah because we have been told and believe the lie that the Torah was done away with at the cross. The Bible, on the other hand, says if we want to be united with Yeshua, we have to keep Torah (1.John 2:6). So we see how the Apostles were united with Yeshua, and that is why they lived the supernatural life. But we who are alive today, we are not united with Yeshua, and we do not see the miracles of the book of Acts. Our prayers are not always answered, but the prayers of the Apostles were always answered.
When we live in obedience to the Torah, believing in the cross of Christ, everything we do will be done in the name of Yeshua. When we pray or bind the devil being obedient to the Torah, believing in the cross of Christ, we are acting in authority and the name of Yeshua. John 13:14 says that is when our prayers are heard and answered all the time. This is how the first Christians lived, up until Constantine made it a crime for a Christian to obey the Torah.
When we live believing in the cross of Christ, but not obeying Torah, we are living our lives and praying in the name of men like Constantine, Augustine, Marcion, Luther, our pastor or our favorite TV evangelist.
If we started praying in the name of Jesus again, by being obedient to the Torah, we would see the supernatural life of the believers in the book of Acts. If we started living as Messianic believers in the cross of Christ, being obedient to the Torah, we would live the supernatural life every Christian lived up until Constantine made it a crime to obey Torah.
Yes, healing does take place in mainstream Christianity, and there are people in the church who have been given the gift of healing even though they disobey the Torah. These people believe they dont have to obey the Torah because they have been deceived, not because they dont want to. When a person does not obey the Torah because of deception Yehovah but believes in the cross of Christ, Yehovah knows the heart of that person. He sees how that individual is deceived so He can still grant spiritual gifts to that person, and work through him or her for His glory. The Bible even says in Matthew 5:19 that individual is still saved because they believed in the cross and disobeyed out of deception.
The group in Matthew 7:21-23 are the Christians who are not deceived. They know what the Bible says and that the Torah still applies today, but they have chosen to ignore it, so they are disobeying the Torah by choice not by deception. When you see what the Bible says, but you choose to ignore it because you “feel that does not apply to us today” and “we know better in our day and age,” you are living very dangerously.
The Bible shows us how health, shalom, healing, prosperity is a gift that comes with being in covenant with Yehovah. Another word for covenant would be marriage, and this helps us to understand expressions like “the marriage supper of the lamb” and how Yeshua is described to be our bridegroom. Yehovah wants to be married to us and to live as our spouse always caring for us, protecting us the way a spouse should. But as with any spouse, He expects us to remain faithful to Him and to choose to love Him, respect Him and be obedient to Him. No marriage would work if one of the spouses said “I feel as if I love you” or “I feel love for you” but never showed their love. Marriage works and runs smoothly when both spouses see how they are loved by the way the other one lives and treats them. So when you see love being expressed in a marriage, you feel loved. It is the same thing with Yehovah when He sees us expressing our love for Him by being obedient to His law, the law of Moses He feels loved by us (John 14:15).
Another way of saying this is that a marriage where both take the time to show their love for one another has authority. So when a married couple shows their love for one another, they live and act in the authority of that marriage, and everyone around them knows they are in covenant with each other. Oneness in marriage can only happen when the two spouses actively work to prove their love for one another by how they live their lives.
When a married couple does this they are given authority and oneness they carry with them everywhere they go, even if they are sometimes separated from each other.
We are in covenant and married to Yehovah when we obey His law the law of Moses (the Torah). When we obey His law, the law of Moses, we show our love for Him (John 14:15). It is also the outward sign of our faith in the cross being able to save us (James 2:10-26) Our guarantees us shalom in our life. When we have shalom, we have everything we need, prosperity, healing, health, peace, and victory over our enemies. (Deut 28:1-13) . When we obey the Torah Yehovah feels loved, and He wants to show His love for us by meeting all our needs. He wants to shower us in His love and His good gifts when He sees a spouse He can trust to be faithful to Him. (Psalm 23, 91, Deut 28:1-13)
So if you want to pray in the name of Jesus, you have to live in the authority of Yeshua and Yehovah. That can only happen when we choose to show our love for Him by obeying the law of Moses.
When we sin we lose our authority, and we become unable to pray in the name of Jesus. Sin is always a choice, and never something forced upon us. When we choose to sin we are unfaithful to Yehovah, to the one who died for us on a cross. If we choose to claim that sin is something forced upon us, something we can’t help yourself from doing, we are like the spouse who is constantly unfaithfully telling his wife/husband they want to remain faithful, but they cant. Nobody wants to be married to such a man/woman. James 2:10-26; 1.John 2:6 says Yehovah does not want to share eternity with someone like that.
The result of sin will be that Yehovah divorces Himself from us, we will lose our authority in Jesus name, and we will never be able to come back to Him. At the same time, He loves us, so He is willing to do everything possible for us to come back into covenant and remarry Him. This is why He chose to die on a cross for our sins, taking upon Himself our punishment and all the negative consequences of breaking of committing adultery against Him. (Deut 28:14-45). His death on the cross frees us from the law of jealousy in Numbers 5 that says it is an abomination for Yehovah to take us back as His people. If we believe He died for us on the cross, we will as a result of our faith, choose to repent back to Torah obedience and remarry our first spouse Yehovah. (John 1:12, 3:16). Our choice to continually walk in obedience to His law, the law of Moses shows our faithfulness and love for Him. (John 14:15). It also makes us one with Him (1.John 2:6), and if we are one with Him, everything we pray for He will give us (John 14:13) because now we are praying in Jesus name walking in His authority by obedience to the law of Moses and righteousness.
This is what Isaiah 53:5 says, everyone who wants to become a Messianic Jew will be guaranteed healing in every area of their lives. But they will also be guaranteed to have their prayers heard and answered (John 14:13). So if you decide to live as a Messianic Jew asking for healing, you know you are asking in His name for something that His will. Asking for something that is His will, in His name, guarantees an answer to prayer because now you are praying in the name of Jesus by walking every day in the authority of His name being obedient to His law.
This is the life the Apostles lived in the book of Acts, and this is the life that we as Christians are supposed to live. But is this what most Christians experience today? No, most Christians do not live the book of Acts. They are so accustomed to a life where prayers are sometimes answered, and others time they are not answered.
Praying in the name of Jesus is not saying the words “in Jesus name.” It is praying with His authority which will only be given to us if we will live our lives the way He did, in obedience to the Mosaic law. (1. John 2:6). Then and only then are we guaranteed to have our prayers answered and live the book of Acts (John 13:14). Then and only then are we guaranteed salvation by grace through faith, because if our faith in the cross does not show itself in obedience to righteousness and the law of Moses, we are not saved. (James 2:10-26)
So we see there is a huge discrepancy between how the Bible describes praying in the name of Jesus, and how most mainstream Christians describe praying in the name of Jesus. Even though we claim to believe in the Bible, and we know John 13:14 says whatever we ask for in His name we will receive, we have for some reason accepted the idea that praying in the name of Jesus does not always guarantees an answer even when we are asking for something after his will
So to try to explain what is happening, we make up explanations like it has to do with a lack of the Holy Spirit or a lack of faith, or perhaps we have to do more spiritual warfare. This is part of the reason why we are seeing 40 000 + different Christian denominations in the world right now. They are all trying to answer the question: if the Bible is true, why are not our prayers heard and answered like it was for the Apostles in the book of Acts.
Instead of going to the Bible to answer this question most go to their denomination, their pastor, their favorite TV evangelist or church fathers to find the answer. Church fathers who founded the mainstream theology hated the Jews, so it is very difficult for us to understand a Jewish book based on the opinions of someone who hated the Jews. That makes it very difficult to understand the Bible based on the opinions of men who base their opinions of the Bible on the church fathers who hated the Jews.
The answer to this question is that our prayers are not heard and answered like it was for the Apostles because we are not Torah obedient. When we are not Torah obedient, we have lost the authority we need to pray in the name of Yeshua.
When we read the book of Acts, we see that everywhere the disciples went people were healed, delivered from evil spirits and set free by the power of the name of Jesus. This is what most Christians today dream of experiencing, but most Christians have not seen this happen in our churches because we have lost our authority. When we on a Sunday come forward for prayer for healing, we normally do not see any big miracles happening except if the one doing the praying has the gift of healing.
This is not how the Bible describes a normal Christian life.
According to the book of Acts, if we are believers in Christ, we are supposed to do what He did. He never told anyone they might not be healed; when He prayed they were instantly healed. When Paul, Peter, John prayed for people, they were instantly healed. But because we are no longer praying in the name of Jesus, we do not see this happening anymore.
In the early years of Christianity, it was considered a sect within Judaism. Christians who believed in Yeshua (Jesus) as their Lord and Savior kept Torah, so today they would be called Messianic Jews. According to the Bible, these Christians prayed and lived in the authority of the name of Jesus because they kept the Torah.
When Constantine the Great came to power, he made it illegal for a Christian to keep Torah. The Bible says in 1.John 2:6 and James 2:1-26 we must keep Torah if we believe in Yeshua as our Lord and Savior, obeying the Torah is our way of showing our Savior we love Him. So what Constantine did was not only denying us the right to show our Savior we love Him, He also made it impossible for us to pray in the name of Yeshua.
Before this happened, church history shows us miracles, healings, exorcisms were a normal part of a Christians life. If you were a Christian back then, you never questioned if your prayers would be heard or not. You knew that because you believed in Yeshua and kept Torah, your prayers were always heard and always answered.
Stop for a moment and compare this to our situation today. When someone in our churches comes forward for prayer, we know they might be healed, or they might not be healed today. Back then, before Constantine outlawed Torah, Christians never doubted if a person would be healed or not. Christians back then were living the book of Acts, we who are alive today are dreaming about living the book of Acts, but we are not living it.
Early church fathers like Eusebius of Caesarea (260-341) wrote how great crowds of people converted to Christianity because they saw the wonderful miracles that happened when Christians witnessed to them. Ramsay Macmullen, professor of classics and history at Yale University, has done extensive research trying to show why Christianity was so quickly embraced by 5 million people within the first three centuries. He found repeated accounts of mass conversions directly attributed to the miracles performed by the evangelists and early believers.
In his research, he discovered how the early Christians did not promise the new believers anything. They did not promise them prosperity, social status or psychological benefits. Christians back then were looked at as a plague of the society and scum of the earth, but within this context, we see an explosive growth of Christianity, and it has all to do with the miracles that were performed. Because these Christians kept Torah and believed in the cross, everything they did was in the name of Yeshua and His authority.
Compare this to what we are experiencing in mainstream Christianity today. When people come to us for prayer, we try to counsel them by using psychology, or we use literature and promises of prosperity, psychological benefits to convince them to become Christians. Perhaps we tell them they need to be saved because they are sinners. All of those things are true and a good way to do it, but the early Christians did not do it that way.
They healed people wherever they went and did great and mighty miracles, so people knew there is a God and His name is Yehovah. People were saved because they saw things that told them beyond a shadow of a doubt there is a God, His name is Yehovah and He is holy.
These early Christians lived the book of Acts; we are not living the book of Acts.
What is the difference between them and us? The difference is Torah; they kept the Torah we have chosen not to keep Torah because we have been told the lie that the Torah is not for us. We believe that lie, and that robs us of our authority and we become unable to pray in the name of Jesus even when we say the words “in the name of Jesus.”
Today it is Friday, and the Shabbat will begin in a few hours from now. When the sun sets, the Torah says that if you love Yeshua, you will not work for money or make others work for money. So make sure to do your groceries today. There are exceptions to the rule; if you have a medical emergency, you are allowed to break Shabbat. If you have a medical condition that makes somethings impossible to do during the week, and only possible to do on Shabbat, you are allowed to break Shabbat. If it can wait until tomorrow, it has to wait.
Today we have learned what it means to pray in the name of Jesus. Praying in the name of Jesus is something we do when we obey Torah, and we are reconciled to Yehovah by faith in the cross. So choose today to walk in covenant and marriage to Yehovah by showing Him how much you love Him when you obey Him. Then you will see the Bible is true and the prayers you pray will be answered right away. Then you will see, and know what it means to be a follower of Christ, a Christian.
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Until next week, Yehovah bless you.