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Topic: Acts 3:16
Acts 3:16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him the perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
A name is what helps us to remember the CHARACTER, REPUTATION, INTEGRITY, VIRTUES, QUALITIES, AND MORAL CREDENTIALS of a person. And having faith in that person is knowing we can rely on what their name stands for. THAT is what Peter is saying here. That through the QUALITIES and CHARACTER of Jesus, this man was healed. Peter and John allowed themselves to be used as channels for the action of Jesus' character to heal this man. Relying on Jesus, and all He stood for is what healed this man...NOT just His name, for a 'name' alone is just a word. The name of Jesus is NOT a magic word.
When I pray for someone, I am to allow Jesus to channel His reputation through me. This gives the 'action' to 'asking', because just saying the name of Jesus won't do a thing. I need to allow His qualities, virtues and moral credentials, to flow through me. I need to ask the Father for my petition with the heart and mind of Jesus; His faith, His love, His compassion, His desires. This knowing of Jesus' reputation can only come through intimacy with Him. When I KNOW Him, I can ask Father God the way that Jesus does and with HIS heart...because I KNOW His character!
Father, I thank You for Your Son. I pray for revelational knowledge of His character because He ALWAYS glorifies You! This is my desire, too, Father. I pray for Your Son's character in me!