Prophesy re: ‘Man’ praying in God’s Name PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 November 2015 14:47

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Who stirs up this one from the east? Who officially commissions him for service? He hands nations over to him, and enables him to subdue kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, like windblown straw with his bow…I have stirred up one out of the north and he advances, one from the eastern horizon who prays in my name…” (Isaiah 41:2 and 25, the Holy Bible).

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STARTING AND ENDING PRAYERS IN THE NAME OF JESUS: There are many ways of effective praying that the Bible has shown to all believers, but to the members of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (AND KNK, or the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church, all prayers start and end with the Name of Jesus, our God and Savior.

Thus, AND KNK members open their prayers like this: “Oh Jesus, our God and Savior, You who are God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…” and, after their thanksgiving have been said and their petitions and requests have been raised, AND KNK members end their prayers by saying, “… these we ask and pray for in the Name of Jesus, our God and Savior, Amen!”

Now, one may ask, how did the AND KNK Church come to have this kind of a concededly unique prayer? I really cannot say now, but, what I do remember is that, ever since the forerunner of the AND KNK Church started its Bible studies and prayer sessions in the late 1990s, this was already the style of praying that came to all of us.

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ASKING ANYTHING IN THE NAME OF JESUS: Indeed, there are specific verses in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, spoken by Jesus Himself, where believers are taught to ask anything from the Father, using His, Jesus’, Name (anyway, the Bible also teaches us that Jesus is the Name of God the Father, right?). The first verse that comes to my mind on this is always Matthew 18:19-20.

In this verse, Jesus is saying, whenever two or more are gathered in His Name, He will be with those persons and that, when these two or more persons ask anything from God using His (Jesus’) Name, which is the same Name of the Father, it will be surely and without fail given to them.

The other verse about praying in the Name of Jesus is John 15:16. This verse shows Jesus telling His believers that it was God who chose us to believe in Him (in Jesus, as God and Savior), for the purpose of preaching to the world and that, if we go and preach, we can ask anything from God, in the Name of Jesus, and it will be given to us.

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THE PROPHESY OF A “MAN” PRAYING IN GOD’S NAME: There are more verses about this, of course, but then, our further readings of the Bible shows that this style of praying was actually prophesied to be made by a man (or, perhaps, a select people) chosen by God to be His worker/s from the “east”, even at a time when the Name Jesus was not yet associated or even thought of as the Name of God the Father.

In Isaiah 41:2 and 25, God was talking of a man (or, perhaps, a people) He has “stirred up and commissioned” from the east, in whose hands God has handed nations and subdued kings, turning their kingdoms into dust and windblown straw. This man (or people) from the “east” would be known, the prophesy goes, by one single act—that of calling on, and praying in, the Name of God.

Now, many will say that, they too, also ask, at the end of their prayers, in the Name of Jesus and so they might as well be part of the “man” or “people” and that is fine. But, these verses do not just refer to simply asking anything in the Name of Jesus, but rather in consciously and deliberately calling on, and praying to, the Name of Jesus as God and Savior, isn’t it? Try praying to Jesus as God now!

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