The Name Behind the Miracle
What will cause God to work miracles for you? And what will qualify you to be a channel for God’s miracles to flow through? The answer is found in the healing of the lame man in Acts 3. And it’s not your own holiness or power.
While entering the temple grounds for prayer, Peter and John met a man begging for alms who had been crippled from birth. On other occasions, no doubt, Peter had given him money. But not this day. Prompted by the Spirit, Peter looked upon Him with boldness and compassion, and said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” He was instantly healed.
The people witnessing this miracle could not believe what they just saw. For forty years this man had never walked! How could this be? Who were these men who had worked such a miracle? How special, how great, how holy they must be!
“So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: ‘Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, … 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 this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.’”
Notice, Peter takes no credit for the miracle at all. He categorically denies it had anything to do with him and John being powerful, or being especially holy. This was not the reason. Peter identified one reason, and one reason only for the miracle, the Name of Jesus. Period.
God works miracles on earth by one name and one name only, the Name of Jesus. It is not man who is powerful. It is not man who is holy. It is the Name of Jesus that is powerful. It is the name of Jesus that is holy.
It is because of who Jesus is and the standing His name has in heaven before God and angels that miracles happen on earth when a child of God utters that Name in prayer. It is because of who Jesus is and the standing His Name has in hell before Satan and demons that demons tremble and flee when a child of God issues a command in that Name. His Name, His reputation, His standing!
Child of God, stop saying, “I am not powerful enough, or holy enough, for God to work miracles for me and through me.” Understand that God’s miracles are not based on our own power or holiness. If they were, no man would ever receive a miracle. Not you, not me, not Peter, not any man!
Remember, miracles are gifts of grace. They happen for one reason only, the Name of Jesus. It was the Name of Jesus behind the healing of the lame man. And it will always be the Name of Jesus that is behind every miracle in your life.
But what about holiness and power, are they not important? Yes, very, but not the holiness you can manufacture or the power you can generate through self-effort. They are worthless. The holiness and power that matter are the ones only God can impart. They too are gifts of grace, the miracle of God performed on the human spirit, made possible by the same Name that is behind every other miracle, the Name of Jesus!
So, when you need a miracle, don’t hesitate to pray to God in that Name, or to speak to your problems in that Name, or to lay hands on the sick in that Name. The Name behind miracles will work for you just as well as it works for others. That’s because the only qualification you need to use that Name is to be a child of God. And if you are, then like Peter, you too can say, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
“Thank You, Father, for Your grace. I am so grateful for the Name of Jesus. I rejoice that it is not the standing of my name that matters to You, that You do not take into account my reputation, when I pray to You. Thank You for the privilege You have given me to approach Your throne of grace in my time of need and be heard because of the Name of Jesus. Help me never to forget that I have a covenant right to the Name of Jesus and that is all I need to walk in the miraculous. In Jesus Name, amen!”