The Stamp

August 19, 2017
by Lynne Phipps

I was watching a program recently where the power of the name of Jesus was the topic. As I listened, I thought about the post office in the store where I work. People come in all day long with letters and parcels to be mailed. Those letters and packages don't go on to their destinations, however, until they bear the appropriate postage stamp of the land.

Likewise, when we, as God's people, send our prayers heavenward, we need the stamp of His eternal kingdom: the stamp of the name of Jesus. On their own, our prayers carry no power. Through the power of the shed blood of Christ and His name, however, they are carried straight to the throne of God and are answered according to His good and perfect will. They arrive in the imperfection of our words and thoughts, but as they pass through Christ, they are perfected by His wisdom and love.

In today's world, awe and reverence for God seem to be fading away more and more, even within our church communities. We have become very familiar with God in our ways, but God is still God, and He not only deserves but also requires our worship, and part of worship is awe and reverence. Just think about it: Christ laid down His life for us; His precious blood was shed; and He rose again from the dead. As Paul states:

Philippians 2:9-11 – Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV 2011)

Peter demonstrated the power in the name of Jesus when he commanded the lame man in the Beautiful Gate, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk" (Acts 3:6b NIV 2011). So, may we remember, as we pray, to invoke spiritual power in the name of Jesus, Who has paid our postage in full through His work on the cross, now and forevermore.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the power which You have bestowed in the name of Jesus. Remind us, Lord, day by day, to have faith in that wonderful name as we lift our voices to You in both private and public prayer and witness. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great thoughts Lynne.


    Thank you, Lynne, for sharing this timely devotional with us. Blessings.


    Good one! Keep writing.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for reminding us that our imperfect words and thoughts are made perfect by Jesus. I often feel as though I am stumbling around and not making sense when I pray.


    Lynne Phipps,
    Thank you for the precious devotional.
    Can we say that Jesus is both the parcel and the stamp?


    Thanks, Lynne.
    What a new thought to compare postage on a package to our special mail to Heaven in Jesus’ Name!


    Again, Lynne a very inspiring, well written devotional. It makes me think of what prayer is. Thank you.
    Blessings.


    Oh Lynne,
    Such a simplistic yet relatable analogy. You’ve done it again. So many people don’t like to, or have not been given the reason for, ending their prayers in Jesus name but this devotional not only explains why we should. It also makes the heart want to! There is power in the Blood and there is power in the Name. Praise God!
    Thanks. I’ll never forgot this easy and heart-warming explanation.
    Blessings.


    Yes, what a powerful name. There is salvation in no other name. We are buried with him in baptism and tale on his name. We must be born of the water and the spirit to enter the kingdom of heaven. Acts 2:38 was the first message to the church after Jesus ascended. We must be baptized in his name to be born into the family. We die to our sins by repentance and are buried by baptism and then we are promised the gift of the Holy Ghost. I received this experience at a young age. My children and grandchildren have also had this beautiful born-again experience.
    Praise his Holy Name.


    Hi Lynn
    You make a very good point, “Reverence for God seems to be fading away” as you wrote, even in our church community.
    I recently attended our local church and there was a guest preacher who started his message with two jokes, totally unrelated to the message, and insulting to seniors. I don’t go to church for a standup comedy routine but rather for worship.
    I have been fretting over the trend and I had to tell you how much I appreciated your devotional today, and the one a week or so ago as well.
    Blessings.


    Lynne, I must briefly share a miracle which vividly portrays the Power of prayer you spoke about in your devotional.
    My sister has been extremely sick. Many have been praying for her healing.
    She forced herself to go to church and as she was being prayed for, her symptoms stopped instantaneously and HAVE NOT RETURNED.
    Has she been healed? She is meeting with the doctor very soon.
    I am waiting with bated breath to see how the Lord will work this out.
    I am learning daily more and more about this Great Power called prayer that our Father has given to us as His children. I ask that I shall never take it for granted.
    Blessings on you and your writing.


    Dear Lynne;
    On second reading, I think you are very correct.


    Amen! Thank you Lynne for this wonderful devotional. Keep up the good writing! Blessings.


    I think some prayers come to God “postage due”.

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