Revelation knowledge is very exciting to me. Ephesians 5:20 is a scripture I know and have quoted so many times in my walk with the Lord. I bet you too can quote it …… “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” but here is the revelation.
I have always said “always” give thanks to God our Father, I have always said give thanks for “all” things. That in itself can be a lesson, We are to always give thanks. No matter what we give thanks. We are to give thanks in “all” things; the good, the bad, the ugly. Not giving thanks for the problem, but instead for the strength we are gaining. Or for what God is removing out of us in the situation, or what He is placing in us, in this situation. But that was not the revelation…..
This scripture specifically tells us “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!” We are to declare out of our mouths and in our prayers, “Thank you Father for ————- in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!” Do you see that? Why? Why are we to be thanking our Father God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ?
We seem to throw around “the name of Jesus” like a cliché sometimes. I am just as guilty! We are praying and we finish “in the Name of Jesus, Amen.” We have forgotten these are not just words! They are power house declarations! When we pray or declare in the Name of Jesus we are speaking by the authority of Jesus! We are not speaking in our own authority but because Jesus authorized us to take action in His name we have the right! (John 14:13 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.“) When David battled against Goliath, he came to him “in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). He did not go in his own power and authority but in the power which belonged to God! This authority gave David the ability to fight Goliath and be victorious.
When we come in someone else’s name we come in their stead. In other words the person to whom we go to is expected to react to us, not based on who we are, but as if the person who sent us was there himself. They are to treat us as they would treat the one who authorized us to come! Jesus authorizes us to come in His name, and the Father is obligated to treat us as He would His own Son, because we came in His stead. We are representing Jesus when we come to the Father by using Jesus name! Romans 8:17 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” We are joint heirs with Jesus Christ, we share the same inheritance!
When we open our mouths to thank our Father in Heaven for ALL things we are to use the authority given to us and thank God in the Name of Jesus!