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Holy Name Dropping
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:33:20

One of the bad habits of a lot of people these days is what's called "Name Dropping."  It's the habit where, if want something badly enough, you'll say "I know so and so and he'd do this" or "So and so is my friend" in order to get what you want.  Basically it allows you to stand on someone else's name, rather than your own, and get many of the same honors and privileges the other person would get where they there.  If used properly it's not a bad thing to do and is even encouraged by Jesus.

John 14:14 (KJV) - "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."

Holy name dropping.  Interesting, no?  So what's the problem with it?  Well, too often it's misused, and grossly so on many an occasion.  So how is name dropping, in this case calling upon Christ's name when requesting something, misused in our daily prayers?  It's when we treat it like a magic talisman to get our own way when requesting things in prayer.  IE, when our own will is expressed in a prayer rather than God's will.  Allow me to explain by stepping back one verse in John to add some context to this.

John 14:13 (KJV) - "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

Bingo!  There's the key.  Our prayers, while they may often be requests for our own well being, or that of others, are one of the many tools God has given us by which we are to give glory to God.  So when we pray and add, "In Jesus's Name" or "in the name of Jesus" to our prayers we're asking God to move on our behalf.  But when we do this we should also be asking that God's will to be done in the fulfilling of this request, and not our own.  Where we start going wrong is when our prayers become based on OUR WILL and not God's.

That's when our holy name dropping becomes wrongly used.  This can happen with simple things like prayers for food, praying flippantly (yes, everyone does it from time to time, so don't deny that you do it too.) for something you want that doesn't bring glory to God (Lord, let the Lions win today, in Jesus name!) or if your prayer is not rendered with a sincerity of heart.  Think of it like this.  You go into a restaurant and say, "I'd like to order a cheeseburger, in Steven's name."  Sounds stupid, doesn't it?  What reason is there to say you're ordering that cheeseburger in my name if it'll end up in your belly?

Doing so is pointless not just from that standpoint, but also the fact that, if you have the cash and they have that burger available for sale you're gonna get it anyways, right?  So where's the value in name dropping?  There is none.  If anything, using a name flippantly like that will actually reduce its power and effectiveness, and may even result in such names being ignored, meaning that any once powerful name will eventually become of no effec ...(read more)

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