We all pray. For those who prefer another word, how about this. We all have hopes, wishes and wants, presented to an unknown but innately-recognized entity we believe can provide what we desire. If you are of the Christian faith, you believe your requests or pleas are heard and provided through the name of Jesus. In John 14:14 Jesus reminds us that “if you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” As a result of this, every Christian prayer usually ends in some variation of “in the name of Jesus… Amen.” But what does it mean to ask or pray in the name of Jesus? What does it truly mean to invoke that name besides the perfunctory religious act taught to us by our elders?
“If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14
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The Bible is one of the most circulated and best selling books of all time. Many believe it to contain the word of God. Meaning, God, for the purpose of our guidance and instruction, either commanded or inspired certain people throughout history to chronicle certain events, lessons and prophecies. Others believe it a book of stories, partly fiction and non-fiction, but nothing more than that. Others still, think it was written by man as a means to control the masses, keeping them docile and subservient for their own purposes.
Regardless of your view, whether believing it a religious text or man-driven, it is undeniable that the Bible has endless practical applications. At the bare minimum, it is a book bursting with knowledge. It is the jack-of-all-trades of ‘How-To’ books. The Bible offers:
- Marital relationship advice
- Child upbringing advice
- Advice on personal conduct
- Advice on how to treat one another
- Advice on how to live a healthy life
- Advice on self-improvement
- Historical account of events
- Perspective on different matters
- Encouragement, inspiration and guidance
- Much more…
If you have not read the Bible because you have considered it a “religious” text, you should reconsider. It is a one-stop-shop for all things life related. You may surprised by what you uncover.