Praying to the Father in the Name of Jesus was the disciples’ only guarantee for answered prayers. As a matter of fact, Jesus didn’t only teach His disciples on the necessity to pray in His Name, but He also taught them that all of their gatherings should be in His Name.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in MY NAME, there am I in the midst of them.
Jesus taught His disciples what would guarantee His Presence anytime or anywhere they gathered. What they needed was to make sure that their gathering was in His Name and not in someone else’ name. The disciples were conscious of this. THEY KNEW THEY WEREN’T TO GATHER IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Jesus didn’t teach them that. He didn’t teach them to gather in any other name except in His Name.
Apostle Paul wasn’t present when Jesus passed these instructions to His then disciples, but he tells the Christians in Corinth of the necessity to gather only in the Name of Jesus, when he quipped: “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ…” [1Corinthians 5:4].
Look at this: Gathering in the Name of Jesus is what guarantees the availability of His Presence, which is demonstrated through the manifestation of His power in the midst of His people, in order to supply solutions to every situation. The Name of Jesus is His power; and His Presence and power will always be wherever His Name is.
The big question now is this: How did Paul know this, given that he wasn’t present when Jesus said this to His disciples? Paul himself tells how he got that important information in his letter to the Christians in Galatia.
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
What Paul said here is that he was taught directly by Jesus Christ himself. That sounds consistent with what Jesus told Ananias He would do at Paul’s conversion: “…Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I WILL SHEW HIM how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake” [Acts 9:15-16].
What Paul tells us in Galatians 1:11-12 was exactly what Jesus had told Ananias that He would do. So I’m not therefore surprised that Paul had access to something which Jesus told only His then disciples in Matthew 18:20.
All our prayers and gatherings are supposed to be in the Name of Jesus and not in any other name. That’s the only condition that guarantees answers to prayers; and His Presence and the demonstration of His power to supply solutions to every situation in spite of how critical it is.
The fathers of the early church continued to function in the Name of Jesus as revealed in the following scriptures:
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, by what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Now, this is what they have to say to Christians all over the world:
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
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