Jesus' All Powerful Name

The Key that Unlocks Heaven's Resources

by Pastor John Hamel


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Pray to the Father, Not to Jesus or Anyone Else

Pray to the Father in Jesus' Name

Praying to the Father Brings Supernatural Results

The "Pleading the Blood" Error 

Vital Keys to Proper Bible Interpretation

"Pleading the Blood" Is No Substitute for Proper Use of Jesus' Name

The Deceitfulness of Deception

There Is Only One Way to Enforce Satan's Defeat





"And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.”  (John 16:23)  


If you have been having difficulty receiving answers to your prayers, you have come to the right place.  If you are willing to discipline yourself, reading each of the multiple studies here at our Supernatural Prayer Centre, you will become successful at prayer. 


Prayer was never meant to be a hit or miss situation.  God wants to answer your prayers.  


That is the first thing you need to know.  God wants to answer your prayers.  


It is always God’s will to answer prayer.


Have you ever been locked out of your automobile or your home because you lost your key?  Without the key, you have no access even to those things that belong to you.  


Prayer is like that.  Without the proper key you are locked out of all the things the Bible says belong to you. 


There are many keys to effective prayer and we cover the majority of them in this Supernatural Prayer curriculum.  Today we will study some simple basics that Jesus taught about effective prayer.


Notice something Jesus said in John 16:23 above.  


He said, “…in that day ye shall ask Me nothing.”  The day that He was referring to is the day of His return to Heaven.  


Jesus has indeed returned to Heaven so from now on His Disciples are instructed to no longer pray to Him.  


While He was on the Earth, His Disciples went to Him for everything.  Because He has gone back to Heaven, the rules for prayer have changed.


Pray to the Father, Not to Jesus or Anyone Else


Look at something else Jesus said in the above verse.  He said, “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.”


This is very important.  Jesus said that all prayer requests must be made to the Father, in His Name.  


This means that it is improper to pray to Jesus.  This is why so many people go without answers to their prayers.  They insist on praying to Jesus when Jesus said, in essence, “Don't be asking Me now, ask the Father in My Name.”


Some religious-minded people struggle with this prayer rule of Jesus.  


They cannot seem to stop praying to His Mother Mary because that is the way their Denomination taught them.  Yet even Mary herself said, “Whatever Jesus says to do, do that.” (John 2:5)  


People who wrongly pray to Mary would do well to take Mary’s spiritual counsel.  Mary said to do what Jesus said.  Jesus said pray to the Father and to the Father only.  Jesus and Mary were both pretty good at prayer.  We would do well to hook up with them.


If you'd like to know more about what Mary said concerning prayer, click right here on Mary's Prayer Secret.  But you probably should wait until you finish this study before doing so.  You've heard the saying, "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream."


Now it is perfectly fine to love Jesus with the words of your mouth, to worship Jesus, to fellowship with Jesus and to talk to Jesus.  


However, it is wrong to petition Jesus with prayer requests because He said it was wrong.  So did His Mother, Mary.  All prayer petition must be addressed to the Father in Jesus’ Name.  It is unacceptable, according to Jesus, to pray to His Mother Mary, deceased family members or anyone else.  All prayer is to be address to the Father.


Miss it here and you will end up angry that your prayers are not being answered.  It won't be God’s fault either.  He has made His will clear in the Bible.  It's up to us to obey now.


Pray to the Father in Jesus' Name


Again, in our opening text, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.” (John 16:23)

Notice Jesus said to pray in His Name, whenever prayer is offered to the Father.  Some people pray to the Father as they should, but they conclude their prayer with the words “I ask this for Jesus’ sake.”  Jesus did not say to pray for His sake.  Pray for your own sake.  We are to conclude our prayer with the words, “I ask this in Jesus’ Name.” 

Somebody said, “What’s the big deal?  Who really cares?  God knows what I mean.”  Well, God cares.  He wants to help us.  But the only way to get God’s help is to approach Him according to His rules, not according to religion, tradition, opinion or man-made rules.


God is not moved by our needs.  He is not moved by crisis situations, tears or anger.  God is moved by faith in His Word.  His Word says to petition Him, and Him alone, in Jesus’ powerful Name.  You do want your prayers to be answered, don't you?


Some prideful people believe that God will answer their prayers because they live a better Christian life than others.  That is a good way to get in trouble with God.  That is self-righteousness and God calls it “filthy.” (Isaiah 64:6)  If you have been thinking that way, ask God to forgive you and He will.  But only if you ask in Jesus’ Name, that is.


Years ago I had a friend whose Dad needed a heart transplant.  Thirty years earlier his Dad had signed a waiver on his insurance policy excluding heart transplant coverage. Back in the 1960's when he signed the waiver, heart transplants were uncommon and this man never suspected he would ever need one.  


Unfortunately for him, the day came when he indeed did need a heart transplant. However, he had signed the waiver, releasing his insurance company from any responsibility.  


My friend was desperate now to help his Dad.  For two months he contacted anyone who he thought might be able to change the mind of his Dad's insurance company. He contacted and pleaded with his State Senators.  He pleaded with the American Heart Association, surgeons and lawyers.  He pleaded with insurance company personnel continually and got absolutely nowhere.


This young man had recently purchased a home and was now missing house payments due to time taken off from work to plead his father's case with anyone who might listen.  


He was making absolutely no headway whatsoever.  


His State Senators, the American Heart Association, surgeons, lawyers and insurance company personnel all assured him that his Dad's insurance company had absolutely no responsibility or obligation in this matter as his Dad had signed the release waiver thirty years earlier.


One day I went to my friend's place of employment to see if he was making any progress.  


He was distraught as he assured me absolutely nothing had changed.  


I asked my Christian friend if he was praying and he assured me he was.  I asked him to tell me exactly how he was praying.  He didn't understand what I meant. I said, "Show me exactly how you're praying.  Pray right now and give me an example of how you are praying for the insurance company to change their mind."  


He said to me, "I'm praying like this.  I'm praying, 'Jesus, please change the mind of the insurance company for my father's heart transplant.'"  


I immediately said to him, "There's where you're making you're mistake."  


I stood there and showed him what you learned in this lesson today, instructing him to redirect his prayer to the Father in Jesus' Name.  I told him he was going to have to stop praying directly to Jesus and pray to the Father in Jesus' Name.


I then handed him a little book I had brought with me to help him.  It was a book by Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin called "Prayer Secrets."  I encouraged him to read the chapter on praying to the Father in Jesus' Name.  I left him alone to read the chapter, explaining I would be back shortly.  


When I returned I asked him, "Do you see clearly now where you've been making your mistake?"  He answered, "Yes, I do."  I asked, "Would you like to re-pray the prayer on your Dad's behalf?  We'll pray to the Father in Jesus' Name."  


He quickly responded, "I've already done so."  So I assured him, "Then it will be done."


I left the room to take care of some other business I had in the print shop where he was working. Twenty minutes later the phone rang in the print shop and it was a call for my friend.  He took the call as I stood there, listening to him repeat the words, "Thank you. Yes, thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you so very much" before ending the call.


Turning from his call he looked at me and said, "That was the Insurance Company. They told me they don't normally make exceptions like this, but in my Dad's case they had changed their mind and they are going to grant him the money for his heart transplant. They are going to allow him full coverage for his heart transplant."  


He told me they said they didn't know why they were doing it, but in his case they were going to do it.


We knew why they did it.  My friend had changed the way he was praying.  He was praying to Jesus and not to the Father.  


Praying to Jesus was creating another obstacle for him.  When he corrected his prayer, petitioning the Father in Jesus' Name, every obstacle was supernaturally removed within twenty minutes.


If you have been praying to Jesus, experiencing limited or no results, now you know what your problem is.  You also know what your solution is.  Jesus said, "Verily, verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you." 


Praying to the Father in Jesus' Name Brought Supernatural Results Once Again


Some months later this same friend began missing work again. He was feeling ill and unable to perform properly on the job. He went to the doctor and received the report that he had contracted a disease called "Lupus."  Upon being given the diagnosis, the doctor explained that the disease was incurable and the best my friend could hope for was to learn how to live with it as comfortably as possible.  


However, this time my friend was no longer at a disadvantage when it came to prayer.  


Immediately upon receiving the diagnosis at the doctor's office, he went out to his truck in the parking lot and prayed to the Father in Jesus' Name.  He asked the Father to heal him of lupus and to remove it from his body, in Jesus' Name.  


Soon after that prayer of faith and obedience, the Father did just that - He eradicated every symptom of lupus from this young man's body.  


The doctor was amazed to discover that every symptom had been removed and there was now no longer any indication of the disease left in his body.  


The doctor told my friend, "I don't understand this. This disease is incurable." 


To which my friend responded, "Not in my case. I know how to pray now." 


Pray to the Father in Jesus’ Name and receive supernatural results.   


Unquestionable obedience to God's written Word always sets the stage for the miraculous.


We have numerous New Testament witnesses that the Blood-backed Name of Jesus is to be used for prayer (John 16:23), salvation (Acts 4:12), against sickness (Acts 3:16), against Satan and demon powers (Mark 16:17), etc., for Jesus' Name is the Name above all names. 


"Wherefore God hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth." (Philippians 2:9-10)


The "Pleading the Blood" Error


"The thing that hath been, is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, See this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us." (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)


Ever since the birth of Christianity, Satan has circulated certain popular teachings and deceptions amongst believers. No sooner do the Prophets and Teachers come along to reveal from God's Word the error of a certain popular teaching, then Satan will produce yet another popular deception which is also not based on God's Word. 


Satan is a deceiver and he is constantly on the prowl to deceive Christ's Body in an attempt to destroy their effectiveness against him. 


The Bible says "there is no new thing under the sun" and certainly this is true with the false teaching commonly referred to as "Pleading the Blood."


The "Pleading the Blood" error has been around for a very long time. One generation of believers will adhere to it for a period of time only to discover its ineffectiveness and it will fall by the way.  The error will lie dormant for a decade or two, or more, at which time Satan will reintroduce it to a new, unsuspecting generation.  


This is what Solomon meant when he said, "There is no new thing under the sun."


The "Pleading the Blood" doctrine teaches believers in Christ to "plead the Blood" against sickness, poverty, danger, fear, loved ones being blinded to the truth of God's Word, etc., in place of using the Name of Jesus in these areas.  


However, there is nothing in either the Old or the New Testament that specifically teaches any such practice as "Pleading the Blood" in these and other areas. It is not a Bible-inspired doctrine.


The single verse of Scripture that this unbiblical practice is commonly based upon is found in the narrative of Israel's first Passover in the Book of Exodus. 


On the night of Israel's exodus from Egypt, God told the Israelites to brush the lintel and side posts of their entry doors with a hyssop branch dipped in the blood of a sacrificed lamb. This was to keep the Death Angel assigned to Egypt from visiting the Israelites' homes that evening.


"And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood ... For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not suffer the destroyer to come in to your house to smite you." (Exodus 12:22-23)


Vital Keys to Proper Bible Interpretation


Every astute Bible student knows the Bible is to be interpreted literally, unless one is reading a passage that is very obviously figurative.  Even when it is figurative, we must always look for the literal meaning. This is the first key to proper Bible interpretation.


This passage of Scripture literally instructs the Israelites to brush the blood of a lamb on the lintel and door posts of their homes using a hyssop branch.  It does not instruct New Testament believers to "plead the Blood" of Jesus over themselves, their circumstances or their loved ones.


If one is going to insist that this passage of Scripture applies to the New Testament Church today, they must literally do as it says.  They must brush the blood of a slain lamb on the lintel and door posts of their homes using a hyssop branch to hold back the Death Angel. 


Of course, that would be foolish because this passage is not talking to the New Testament Church in any way, for any reason. It is talking to Israel under the Old Testament.    


No one, not even the present day Preachers who have popularized this error, has the authority to teach "Pleading the Blood" based upon this one Old Testament passage of Scripture.  To do so is to take this passage completely out of its intended literal context.  


This Old Testament passage of Scripture is commanding Israel to literally brush lamb's blood on the doorframes of their homes.  


It is not teaching Born Again believers in Jesus Christ to "plead" Jesus' Blood.


One popular Christian author has written a book about "Pleading the Blood" of Jesus. In that book she stated that Israel applied the lamb's blood with a hyssop branch.  However, she says Christians now apply the Blood of Jesus with their lips.


Initially this sounds rather spiritual, possibly even Biblical, until one realizes that no such thing is found either in the Old or the New Testaments. 


Taking one passage of Scripture out of its intended literal context to build a doctrine is not the way to properly interpret the Bible.  


Jesus said nothing can be established without two or three confirming witnesses, preferably from the New Testament. (Matthew 18:16)  


Every astute Bible student also realizes this is the second key to proper Bible interpretation - two or three confirming witnesses in context and preferably from the New Testament. 


The Prophet Moses said nothing can be established without two or three witnesses. (Deuteronomy 17:6)  


The Apostle Paul also used the principle of two or three confirming witnesses. (2Corinthians 13:1)  


It is wrong to attempt to build a Bible doctrine on one verse of Scripture which is being taken out of its context.  There must be two or three confirming witnesses, in context, preferably from the New Testament, in order to do so.


So let us look again at the two primary keys to proper Bible interpretation.  


First, the Bible is to be interpreted literally, unless one is reading a passage that is very obviously figurative. Even when it is figurative, we must always look for the literal meaning.  


Second, one must have two or three confirming Scriptural witnesses, in context, preferably from the New Testament, in order to establish a Bible doctrine.  


Where does Exodus 12:22-23 specifically state that New Testament believers are to "plead the Blood" over anyone or anything?  It does not.  


Where are the additional two or more New Testament Biblical witnesses to prove we are to do so today?  They simply do not exist.  


I have read the New Testament from cover to cover many times and can speak experientially when I say that those New Testament Scriptural witnesses do not exist.


Nowhere in the New Testament did Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John or any of the other New Testament authors "plead the Blood" over anyone or anything at anytime. They always and only used the Name of Jesus to enforce their authority in every situation. 


Because the New Testament authors did not "plead the Blood" in place of using the Name of Jesus, we should not do so.  We simply do not have the required confirming New Testament verses that teach us to do so.


There is absolutely nothing in the New Testament concerning "pleading the Blood" by either precept or example. To do so in spite of this is to go cross-wise and contrary to Moses, Jesus and Paul's teaching on proper Bible interpretation and the proper use of the Believer's authority.


"Pleading the Blood" Is No Substitute for Proper Use of Jesus' Name


We do, however, have numerous New Testament witnesses that the Blood-backed Name of Jesus is to be used for prayer (John 16:23), salvation (Acts 4:12), against sickness (Acts 3:16), against Satan and demon powers (Mark 16:17), etc., for Jesus' Name is the Name above all names. 


"Wherefore God hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth." (Philippians 2:9-10)


Notice the Apostle Paul said that "at the Name of Jesus," not by "Pleading the Blood" of Jesus, every knee should bow.


Paul also said, "And whatever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him." (Colossians 3:17)


The Apostle Paul never once in the New Testament instructed to do anything by the power of "pleading the Blood."  Yet he did say that we are to "do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus."


On and on and on the list goes in the New Testament. There are literally dozens of times where we are instructed in the proper use of the Name of Jesus.  However, never are we instructed to "plead the Blood" of Jesus at anytime, for any reason, in place of using His Name.  


The New Testament believer must have confirming Biblical witnesses to believe and to teach such a practice, and these Biblical witnesses simply do not exist.  


It is a deadly and a dangerous practice indeed to lift one or more verses of Scripture out of context attempting to build a doctrine.  Christians around the world are being whipped up on by the devil through the false doctrine of "Pleading the Blood" when they could experience tremendous victories through the proper use of Jesus' Strong Name.  


Yes, of course, the Name of Jesus derives its power from the shed Blood of Jesus.  Without the shedding of Jesus' Blood to satisfy the Justice of God, man would have no fellowship with God.  He would therefore not qualify to share in God's power through the use of Jesus' Name. 


"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission ... So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:22, 28)


The Blood of Jesus was shed to protect us in our Adamic sin from the wrath of God, clearing the way for humanity to be reconciled to Him.


The most microscopic drop of Jesus' Blood is greater than the greatest concentration of evil. 


The precious, shed Blood of Jesus paved the way for man's redemption and the forgiveness of sins.


"God hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:13-14) 


However, the New Testament specifically and clearly teaches, over and over again, it is the Name of Jesus, not the Blood of Jesus, that we must speak forth to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the wrath and rip-off of Satan.


The Deceitfulness of Deception


Many would be surprised to know that the most popular present day "Plead the Blood" Minister has publicly admitted that the practice of "Pleading the Blood" is found nowhere in the New Testament, nor is it found anywhere in the entire Bible.  


Yet he continues to teach it because, "My mother taught it to me and it works."


Recently, in defense of the false "Pleading the Blood" doctrine, someone expressed to me, "I have seen many plead the Blood over a situation and something happened.  The enemy had to let go."  


I reasoned with them, "If you were the devil, wouldn't you initially respond obediently to someone 'Pleading the Blood' against you? That way you could trick them into thinking it's really working. Then, later during a crisis, you could turn their unscriptural practice against them, ignore their command and slaughter them." 


Satan commonly operates this way. He's the great deceiver. (Revelation 12:9)


This is why Jesus said, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Mark 10:16)


This is why the Apostle Paul wrote, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." (2 Corinthians 2:11)


Certainly Satan and demons would respond obediently to a believer "Pleading the Blood" against them in order to deceive them into believing it's working. This would entice the believer to continue to do so even though it's not found in the Bible. 


Satan and demons will respond so it appears to be working for a season. But then, in the face of an extreme crisis Satan and demons will stop responding in order that they may now take advantage of the believer to destroy them in their error. 


The believer was fooled because they did not have the two or three required confirming witnesses, but they thought it was a real Bible doctrine because after all, Brother and Sister So and So preached it for years and it seemed to be working.


When Satan realizes a Christian is stepping out on something unbiblical that will ultimately get them in trouble, initially he will cooperate with it wholeheartedly.  


"Pleading the Blood" of Jesus against Satan, demons and life's circumstances is a classic example of this.


In many cases it can be extremely difficult to convince one who believes in "Pleading the Blood" that what they are doing is unscriptural, because Satan has deceived them with the "But it works!" justification.  


Satan himself knows it is easier for him to deceive someone than for a knowledgeable Preacher to convince them that they are deceived.


Deceived people do not know they are deceived because they are deceived.  


There is only one way out of deception.  That is to go to God's Word and look for the two or three confirming witnesses for what one is believing.  If those witnesses cannot be found in the Bible, then one has been deceived.


There is no doubt about it, the Blood of Jesus and the Blood of Jesus alone empowers the Name of Jesus. Jesus' Name derives its power from Jesus' Blood.


We are not saying that there is something wrong with the Believer reminding the devil that they are Blood-bought and in Blood covenant with God through Jesus Christ. 


However, we are saying that it is the Name of Jesus we are taught to use in the exercise of our spiritual authority and the Name only.


Many today have been misled into replacing using the Name of Jesus with "Pleading the Blood."   


Do not allow Satan to trick you with false doctrine just because it is being preached by popular Ministers and it appears to be working for the moment. 


Satan is setting a trap for you.


There Is Only One Way to Enforce Satan's Defeat


We can sing about the Blood.  We can teach about the Blood, for it is the Blood of Jesus from which His Name derives its power. We can thank God for the Blood. But nowhere in the Bible does "Pleading the Blood" replace exercising our God-given authority through the proper use of Jesus' Name. 


In closing, let's look at another verse of Scripture together.


"And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelation 12:11)


Another individual came to me believing the above verse of Scripture is instructing Christians to verbally "Plead the Blood."  


I explained that this Scripture, in context, says absolutely nothing whatsoever about verbally "Pleading the Blood" against Satan, sickness, fear, for family salvation, etc., the way it is being taught by many Charismatic / Word of Faith Preachers today.  


This verse of Scripture is a reference to the believer enforcing Christ's defeat of Satan which He accomplished by the shedding of His Blood.  


There is only one way for a believer to enforce the defeat of Satan and demon powers on this Earth.  That is through the proper use of Jesus' Name and not by pleading His Blood.


"And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name shall they cast out demons..." (Mark 16:17)


"But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the Name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour." (Acts 16:18)


The Master Jesus and the Apostle Paul stand together in Biblical agreement. Demons must obey only believers who use Jesus' Name, not those who "Plead the Blood."


Generation after generation, many well-meaning Christians have walked away from demonic confrontation in total defeat because they were using the wrong weapon for the job. 


No matter how popular a teaching may be, or how effective Satan may initially allow it to appear, if it cannot be proven by two or three New Testament witnesses, it will ultimately lead to defeat and despair.


It is always best to stay with the New Testament.  


It is always best to stay with the power of Jesus' Name.  


Unlike "Pleading the Blood," Jesus' Name works not only initially, but it keeps on working, time and time again.


Both the Old and New Testaments agree, the power is in the Name of the Lord.


"Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high because he hath known My Name.  He shall call upon Me and I will answer him ..." (Psalm 91:14-15)


"I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy Name for Thy loving-kindness and for Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy Name." (Psalm 138:2)


"The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe." (Proverbs 18:10)


"And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My Name, I will do it." (John 14:13-14)


"Ye have not chosen Me but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you." (John 15:16)


"And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing.  Verily, verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it you." (John 16:23)


Be Blessed in Jesus' Strong Name ... John and Barbara Hamel



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