John 14:13-15 (NIVUK)

13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Not long ago, I was in an office where a man was delivering a parcel. He asked the office administrator for her name, of which she stated it quite clearly. The man mispronounced her name as he recorded it for the delivery. The lady said, “No. It is pronounced…” The man quickly responded with “Ah, what’s in a name.”

Your name is important, especially when it comes to such things as bank accounts, passports, loans and other business dealings. Your name does have a special meaning and it is often the case that the meaning of your name reflects your personality. This is the same in Scripture in relation to the names of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

There are many Hebrew names of God in the Old Testament, each one revealing an aspect of His identity. El Roi – The God who sees me, Yahweh Shalom – The Lord is peace, Yahweh Tsuri – The Lord is my rock, to name just a few. Jesus Christ is also referred to by many names throughout Scripture.

As leaders, we are always in need of wisdom to best minister to those that God has given to us to disciple. Sometimes there is a need for strength, especially as we get closer to the end of the year. There are many different needs we have both in our capacity as a leader and as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Whatever your need is today, pray to Abba Father (Daddy God) and ask in the name of Jesus. It is because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we can ‘approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ (Heb 4.16)

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