"…do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus..."
One of the more difficult jobs of a pastor is making hospital visits. If I walk into the room by myself, all I have to offer is my sterling personality (which I think you will agree is limited at best). But if I spend time in prayer before making a visit, asking the Lord to go with me and make his presence flow through me, how much more do I have to offer!?
There have been times when a person has said to me, "John, remember when you visited me in the hospital and you said _____? Your words helped me make it through that horrible time." And, to tell you the truth, I don’t remember saying that at all. I know that was a moment God worked through me and maybe even in spite of me. That is what I believe Paul means when he writes, "…do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…"