The way to life and freedom is to trust in the name of the Lord. The wise man says: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:12).

But what does it mean to trust in the name of the Lord? In my personal life and in my ministry as a psychologist and spiritual mentor, I have learned that we must learn to bring our reliance upon the name of the Lord into our daily life challenges and struggles.

Today, I was about to hurry as I drove until I breathed the name of Jesus in prayer. That made all the difference!

I helped a man who was feeling guilty about hurting his wife and daughter to stop condemning himself and take a hold of the name of the Lord of mercy. I taught woman struggling with being critical to “watch and pray” in Jesus’ name so she wouldn’t fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41). I showed an alcoholic how he could pray the sweet name of Jesus to resist drinking.

Try Abiding in Prayer with this little prayer I wrote that was inspired by Psalm 52:9. It features four of God’s precious names revealed in a glorious procession through the Scriptures.

Sloooowly repeat the lines. You might want to try using your breathing in and out as a prayer, whispering the first half of each line as you breathe in and whispering the second half as you breathe out.

Jesus, In Your Name I Hope

Yahweh, in your name I hope… for your name is good.

Immanuel, in your name I hope… for your name is good.

Jesus, in your name I hope… for your name is good.

Abba, in your name I hope… for your name is good.

After you’ve abided in the name of the Lord for a few minutes try using the prayer to do some Soul Shepherding…

  • Identify a struggle in your life and then use this prayer to train your heart to turn away from temptation and to Jesus…
  • Try using “Jesus, in Your Name I Hope” to abide in prayer for people the Lord puts on your mind…

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