“Nothing happened when I prayed in Jesus’ name,” I said to the wise man, who was sitting under a white oak tree. He motioned for me to sit down, and I did.
The sage looked at me, peering into my eyes as if searching for the bottom of a water well. “Yes, Christ has promised that if we ask anything in His name, He would grant it. It is obvious that since you did not receive, you did not ask in His name.”
“But I did ask in His name. At the end of my prayer I said, In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
“You are trying, my son, but you are asking without knowledge of what His name is and what His name means. That is the key to answered prayers.”
“His name is Jesus, isn’t it?” Confusion was starting to set in.
“We in the English speaking world know Him as Jesus. But He was not known in the days of His earthly sojourn by the sound of that name spoken.”
“What do you mean?”
“The arch-angel Gabriel appeared to the virgin, known to most people as Mary. He told her that she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit and that the child would be called by the Hebrew name Yahshua.”
“You mean His name is not Jesus?”
He smiled at me knowing that I was having trouble believing Him. “Millions know Him by Jesus, but that is the name given to Him in the English versions of the scriptures. ‘Jesus’ is not, however, a Hebrew name. Gabriel did not speak English because English did not exist 2,000 years ago. He spoke in the timeless language of heaven, telling her that the Messiah’s name would be Yahshua. Christ did say that He came in His Father’s name. Biblical scholars confirm that the Father’s name is YHWH, pronounced Yahweh, or Yah.”
The sage saw that my mouth was agape with no sound issuing forth, so he continued. “The English name Joshua is taken almost verbatim from the Hebrew name Yahshua. Joshua the patriarch who took Moses’ place, whose book of Joshua we have today—that patriarch had the very same name as the Savior who came 2,000 years ago. You may read and confirm all this by the study of books. The point is that if we ask in His Hebrew name Yahshua, He will answer our prayers.”
“But they taught us to say at the end of our prayers, ‘In Jesus’ name.'”
“Yes, we were young children of God. And as all children believe in magic, we took the words ‘in Jesus’ name’ to possess a magical promise of getting what we want. Then we thought as children, but now He commands us to be young men and women in Him, where we put away those concepts of the past and strive for more of His understanding on ‘asking in His name.
“So how do we ask in His name?”
“If we ask anything that agrees with what His name means, then He will grant it. If we ask anything that comes under what His name means, then He will grant it. If we ask anything that glorifies His name…If we ask anything that trusts in the promises contained in the meaning of His name…If we ask anything that can be seen as having to do with what’s in His name…If we ask anything that honors the meaning of His name—then, He will grant it.”
“So, what does His name mean?”
“His Hebrew name Yahshua means ‘Yah is Savior.’ Yah means ‘the Self-Existent One’ and shua means ‘Savior.’ This means that the Father Yahweh is the Savior and the Father dwelt bodily in the Son and was and is the Savior. Christ confirmed this when He said, Believe me that the Father is in me, and when He said, I and my Father are one. Christ was called Immanuel, meaning ‘God with us.’ If you ask Him with all this in mind, giving honor to His name, which glorifies the Father, then you will get God’s attention. He will answer your prayers if you ask in His name this way.”
I thanked the wise man for his help and went my way. I did not understand it then, for it was a lot to take in. But I studied it out, and now I see confirmation all the time of what he told me. One example: In Mt. 1: 21 there is a footnote on the word “JESUS” in my King James Version published by World Bible Publishers. The footnote in the column says, “SAVIOR.” There it is. The translators and publishers knew that His original name meant SAVIOR. “You shall call His name YAHSHUA (which means ‘Yah is Savior’), for He shall save His people from their sins.” Kenneth Wayne Hancock [See my book at the top of the website Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality]