Praying in Jesus Name in the Public Square

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Believers are mandated to pray “In Jesus Name” and to “ask” or direct our prayers to Him “in Jesus Name.” Today, I received an email that six Virginia Troopers who serve as Chaplains had resigned in protest to the policy of banned references to Jesus Christ in public prayer by Governor Tim Kaine of the Sovereign Commonwealth of Virginia. They have now removed the direct God-given mandate to pray “In Jesus Name” from the public square and censored these servants of God and their speech. It is the same sinful ignorance of the Pharisees — these leaders believe that censorship will remove Jesus Christ in total. How ignorant and unlearned are these men and women of God’s person and attributes. The very God that holds their next breath in His sovereign and providential hands is Jesus Christ, God Himself. It is sheer folly but not unexpected as this is what sinful and unregenerate man will continue to do until Christ returns and brings all things to conclusion. Man will surely give an account as Scripture has promised and woe to that man who God brings into judgment. Thanks be to God that there are still faithful men and women serving Him in obedience and willing to “stand” for righteousness and truth and to our God for such great salvation that will be proclaimed in spite of opposition.

As I read that email, I was reminded of many Scripture verses relating to God’s “name” and attributes ascribing to Himself His own Godhood. Interestingly, I also had Michael Horton’s book, “Putting Amazing Back Into Grace,” on my desk for an upcoming “JoyPals Moment” selection from “God With Us.” Thus, I share it here instead. Read and be encouraged…

“When we say that Christ is the word of God, among other things we are saying that Christ is the eternal wisdom (logos) of the Father. Becoming the translator between God and a fallen race that could not speak His language, Jesus proclaimed, “Any one who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Trying to understand God apart from Christ is like trying to understand a foreign nation without an ambassador. We are finite and limited in our reason and will, and our nature is blinded by selfishness and sin. Therefore, Jesus had to be God so He could tell us the truth about the Father. Yet, He had to be one of us so that truth could be communicated to beings like ourselves. Hence, Christ is the bridge from the infinite to the finite. Jesus was and is God saying, “Here I am — right in front of you! This is what “I’m like.” John calls Him God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16). Isaiah proclaimed Him “Mighty God” (Isa. 9:6). The angel heralding His birth called Him “Immanuel …God with us.” (Matt. 1:23), p.96.

This is truly amazing grace. Thanks be to God that when we pray whether it is a quick prayer on our feet or one of long duration in our prayer closet, our God hears, answers and prays with us “In Jesus” because we are His. The ignorant will be ignorant still but God will bring His purposes to pass and no one, not even a “government enforced policy” to stop the outward utterance of “In Jesus Name” can remove from us, His children, that we are always, without exception, praying “In Jesus Name.” We serve the “one true and living God, whose name is also “Jesus” name above all names. Thanks be to God! _TheologyGirl

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For those of us who understand the importance of religion in American life and value the free expression of religion as one of our essential rights, the Kaine administration’s directive is disappointing and disheartening,” House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem

“Censoring what these chaplains can say is a violation of their First Amendment right to freedom of expression,” Del. Charles W. Carrico Sr.

You can read the article here: CBN

This article was posted in 2008, a reminder to us that this is a continuing battle for Christians and the Christian church.

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