Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Do You Want God’s Name to Be Honored?

July 13, 2018

“Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” Joel 2:17

These people are bringing an argument to God. They’re making a case. This is a powerful way to pray, by the way.

In response to this prayer, God gives them the promise: “I will restore the years that the locust has eaten.” This promise is given to people who are concerned for God’s name, his honor, his reputation.

Do you see the point of the prayer? “Lord, your name is at stake here! Unbelievers are watching, and when they see trouble come to one of your children, they will use it as an opportunity to speak against your name.”

Many younger Christians, when they are learning to pray, are taught to end their prayers with the words: “For Jesus’ sake. Amen.” Perhaps you learned to do the same. Like an attorney who makes his (or her) case before a judge on behalf of a client, you are saying: “Lord, I am asking these things for the sake of your Son! He gave his blood to redeem a people. I am one of those people. Now hear my prayer, not because of me, but because of him.”

The promise of restored years is given to people who want God’s name to be honored. If you feel your need for God’s help and mercy, and in your heart you want to honor his name, then this promise is for you. These people had been on their knees. They’d been asking God for his mercy, and God answered: “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (2:25).

Perhaps you are mourning some “lost” years of your own, but have you ever really considered how these years have impacted the way other people look at God? Take some time to consider this, and talk to God about it.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


Explore this topic further

Don’t Miss the Central Message of the Bible

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” John 3:10 (NIV) Nicodemus had the Old Testament Scriptures, not the New. The words “born again” do not occur in the Old Testament. But Jesus makes it clear that a person with the Old Testament should be...

Read Post

This Is Beyond Your Power

“How can this be?” John 3:9 (NIV) “Nicodemus, you must be born again! That’s what needs to happen in your life. Please understand—this does not lie in your power.” It’s not surprising that Nicodemus said “How can this be?” “You must be born again” is not the gospel. It is...

Read Post

You Are Never Too Old for the New Birth

“Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” John 3:4 (NIV) Jesus says, “Your whole life needs to be remade and relived. You must be born again. And… unless that happens you cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus says, “My whole life remade...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

How Can I Be Sure About Heaven?

From Pastor Colin S. Smith

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.