Say my nameIn the nineties there was a popular singing group called Destiny’s Child. One of their more trendy songs was called “Say My Name”. At first glance, the title alludes that the song has promiscuous intent.
Actually, the song speaks about a gentleman who would not mention his girlfriend’s name over the phone. Although it was easy for him to do it previously, now something has changed. He is hesitant to just say a name…
But what is the big deal about saying a name?
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26 NKJV)
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV)
There is a child in our youth department that has somewhat of a speech impediment. When he talks it is difficult to make out what he is saying and many of his words are garbled beyond recognition.
Every Sunday we pick a child to either open our service with prayer or a scripture reading. This particular Sunday, the little boy wanted to say the prayer. I was nervous! How would the other youth react? Would they laugh? Would he get embarrassed? I believe in encouraging children and not limiting them with of our own expectations. We let him lead the prayer. Honestly, 95% of his prayer was difficult to comprehend.
Just as he was about to conclude his open communication with Christ, he closes his prayer with, “In Jesus name, Amen!”
I could have hit the floor! He mumbled every word of his prayer and triumphantly closed clearly and audibly with the name of Jesus!
I don’t know what the little boy said but God does! Placing the name of Jesus in your prayer is a stamp, seal, and signet mark of who is really in control.
It is when we mention the name of JESUS that confusion is clarified and struggling tongues make sense! So, instead of claiming and calling everything else, say the name that carries the power to fix, heal, mend, break, and bind.
It is a name above all names that commands respect, brings items into submission and should be said everywhere. Don’t hide behind opinions – say the name! Don’t wallow in depression – say the name! Don’t claim defeat – say the name! Don’t take all the credit – say the name! I dare you to do it right now – SAY THE NAME!
One final thought...
Have you ever had a document notarized? The point of the notary mark is to verify the authenticity of the document. In ancient Egypt and for many years afterwards a signet ring was dipped in wax and placed on documents to convey personal identity.
If you saw the notary mark today or the wax seal, embossed with the family crest of a signet ring, back then – there was no need to verify – it was properly sealed.
A document can stand by itself, but when you add the seal - that gives the document strength and credibility! Say your prayers and properly seal them.
In the matchless name of Jesus – Amen!