Peter and John were going to prayer when they passed a man they presumably had passed many times, who was over 40, but had never walked. The man was brought to the Beautiful Gate to beg each day. This day, Peter had no money, and it seems to have caused him to think differently than the previous times he may have seen the man – this time, Peter thought about healing him.
He grabbed the man by his hand, and pulling him to stand on his paralyzed feet, said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk!” So, the man did that!
When the crowd, gathering for the prayer hour, heard the freshly healed man shouting and saw him running and leaping in joy, they gathered around him to see what was happening. Peter told them what was happening, including, in verse 16, how it had happened. The name Jesus, and the faith in that name that comes to us from Jesus, had healed the man. The name healed him.
I suggest that prayers that in with “…in Your name, Lord,” or “…in the name of Christ,” instead of speaking His name, may have less effect than ones in which we actually invoke the power of the name Jesus. It may be even better to use the name His mother probably called Him: Yeshua, which is the same name as Moses’ trainee: Joshua. Even the Greek-influenced name Jesus has power, though. Many people have been saved, healed, delivered of demons, and filled with Life and courage by even that version of it.
Speak His name often. Especially in prayer or prophetic proclamation. Messiah, Christ, King, these are titles. Like Gabriel told His mother, “His name will be called Jesus.”
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. In Your hand are power and might, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:11-13 HCSB ©®)