How I Used Truth - Lesson 3 - Annotation 6
How do we ask "in His name"?
6. We ask "in His name" by asking for that which is divinely right and good. We ask "in His name" when we ask in the God nature, or in the consciousness of our own Christ self, the I AM within. The text states very clearly on page 45,
The name Jesus Christ has come to represent all that God is, expressed in and through man. However, speaking the name is more than the use of just two words -- it is the actual expression of the I AM (or Son of God) nature which Jesus manifested.
"Quite a few Truth students ask why we emphasize Jesus Christ so strongly in our writings and statements of Truth. Spiritual psychology proves that the name of a great character carries his mind potency and that wherever his name is repeated silently or audibly his attributes become manifest. Jesus Christ knew this and commanded His disciples to go forth in His name" (Jesus Christ Heals 155).
We ask "in His name" when we think, feel, and speak or declare for ourselves all that God is. We have already established that God's name designates His nature of Absolute Good. In order to bring forth health of body, harmony, success, abundance of affairs, we have to ask "in His name," that is, from spiritual consciousness and not from the limitations of human consciousness. Jesus did His mighty works through His conscious identification with God, until the human and the divine were merged into one.
We must never assume that just by asking audibly in "the name of Jesus Christ," without a raising of our consciousness, we will do the "greater works" (John 14:12) of which Jesus spoke. The consciousness of Jesus Christ is the consciousness that never doubts God as the source of good, or man as heir to that good. We cannot claim the heritage that rightfully belongs to us if we are "double-minded" as our Scripture says in James 1:6-8:
"But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord; a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways."
We are asking in the nature of God who is love when we declare "I am love" and then proceed to follow that assertion by actually loving our fellow man, our fellow creatures, and God's whole creation. We are asking "in His name" when we desire health and strength for ourselves and others and declare, "I am health; I am strength," or for another, "You are health; you are strength." We then follow this realization by actually living it. We are asking "in His name" for peace, wisdom, joy, wholeness when we identify these words with "I am."
"Jesus said, 'Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do.' We ask in His name when we pray in the Jesus consciousness of universal Spirit. He attained unity with Divine Mind, and realized that His thoughts and words were not from Himself, but from God. When we pray in His name we enter into His unity with the Father, and attain the same consciousness that He attained" (Charles Fillmore Christian Healing 81).
As we remember our divine origin, we will think, speak, and act accordingly. Only as we do this will we have the right to claim our inheritance of good "in His name" for we will be making our claim in the name of the I AM in us.
Preceding Entry: Why should a Truth seeker not use such phrases as "I am sorry" and "I am afraid"?
Following Entry: What did Jesus mean by the statement: "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be made full" (John 16:24)?