I woke up this morning to a Whatsapp message from a cousin getting married tomorrow in a far away land. I’m happy for her. A devout young sister that finally got discovered by a Christian brother. God bless them.
As we started chatting, I reckoned there were some prayers bubbling in my heart for her. So I started releasing them and at the end of the prayers I wrote In Jesus Name!
Then and then my flash point began. In Jesus Name! I noticed that many people nowadays end their prayers with IJNIP! I quickly tweeted on my TL – “When your prayers are not answered don’t blame God o, because He doesn’t know who’s IJN at the end of your prayers. You are on your own! Continue”
I nearly wanted to say jokingly, “The 140 character constrains you to shorten God’s name. Is okay! If He shortens your blessing don’t complain o!” Well I know that is not true. Again, I decided to tweet another one – “I just hope IJN does not represent the nickname of one terrible demon in Hell, yet to be released else will be glad he’s got many converts! Lol”
To the first tweet someone replied that at a prayer meeting, people even whispered “IJN” at the end of prayers. Haaa! Are you serious? What is wrong with you? Did you ever see IJN in the Bible? We can play too much sha! Or too lazy to say. May I never be in that kind of assembly o! Or I pack my Bible and leave immediately.
Have you even noticed on many Group Chats we belong to where people pray and end it with IJN or IJMN or IJNIP? I never say Amen to that prayers. Not me. Come on! Even children are fast adopting it as a closure to prayers. What’s their own, since mummy and daddy, aunties and uncles, friends and enemies are using it. Imagine what we are passing down to the children. They have started adopting IJN as the closure of prayers! Continue. Right before your eyes, sooner or later, they will soon forget what that name means or does!
If your pastor finished praying and end it with a loud IJNIP, will you say Amen to that? Answer now! Will you?
Brethren, you know what! The Word of God says in Acts 4:12 that, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Philippians 2: 9-11 says, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
God didn’t say “IJN every knee should bow”. Well, if demons don’t run from you, you should know that Jesus they know, but IJN they don’t know. Acts 19:15.
Stop trivialising the name that is above all names, all in “IJN”. He is not your homie! No! He is not your buddy! He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Or show me one place in the Bible that Jesus “funkified” His name. If you like, you can gratify yourself by thinking those words makes you trendy or current with modern day slangs. Continue! Actually, desist from such!
Don’t let the slang rub you of the power in the name of your Messiah. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. He is God, our Deliverer. There is no other name that can save except the name of Jesus! Give Him His Honour. The honour due to His name.
God bless you. I encourage you to listen to the song below. When you are done, I want you to read my new post on why the Book of Revelation is the sweetest book in the Bible. Click here to read it.