Friday, April 12, 2013

Pray Under Authority

In whose authority do you pray? What do you expect to happen when you pray?  In order to have authority in prayer, you must be under authority.

Romans 13:1-3 says,

1. Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.

Do you want authority to see your prayers answered? Then you must be under submission to God. You may say, "I go to church. I read my Bible. I serve. I am under authority."  The question I have for you is, do you bad-mouth your spouse, your church leaders, secular governing authorities and speak to or of them disrespectfully?  If your answer was yes or you hesitated because you tried to rationalize some incident, then
FLASH Bulletin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have stepped out from the protection of authority in your life. 

  "Therefore the woman ought to have a sign of submission to authority on her head for the sake of the angels." Cor 11:10

The spirit world works based on authority (Ephesians 6) and power that rules.  Jesus had power over demons. Sometimes his disciples did, too, and sometimes they did not. It often depended on how much authority they had given to God in their lives (Matthew 17: 21). We are told that if we submit to God, we can resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7) We have been given authority in the heavenlies to sit and reign alongside Jesus (Ephesians 1:18-23) and we are joint heirs with Jesus (Romans 8:17). So, how does authority work? 

Pretty much the same way it does in real life only without pride. In fact, you must be humble and not take credit for the power that flows through you. You must give God the glory. 

If you are going to pray with authority over your children, you must know from where the authority derives. To pray in Jesus' name, you need to have a relationship with Him that gives you authority as His ambassador. 

You must read His Word so that you know what you are to do with His authority. Pray God's Word over your own life. Pray it over your children. Pray it over your husband, your friends, your neighborhood. All this is God's Kingdom. Not the visible but the invisible. A submitted warrior is a powerful warrior because he or she has been well-trained to know how to fight and is confident in his or her war tactics.

Let's go where the rubber meets the road. Praying generic prayers for your family is not praying effectively. Praying while crying out your sorrows is not really always praying with faith or authority.  Praying cute little plattitudes is not genuine and not powerful. How many times do we pray, "Lord, bless (person's name) today."  While the Lord does hear your prayer, you haven't really asked Him for anything or claimed victory to the enemy over anything that you want to conquor. 

It may seem strange to pray God's Word over your own self. I want you to think of it as following instructions like you would a flight attendant's directions on how to use an oxygen mask on yourself first before helping your child.   You must pray to God and receive his divinely-breathed strength in order to infuse them with the breath of life.  

The Bible tells us to build ourselves up in our most holy faith, to build ourselves up with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This is where the strength of a warrior comes in. As you sing your battle cry, the enemy will be scared, you will become stronger, you will rescue others and you will stand firm in the battle despite not being able to see the end of it. Don't worry. The battle is already over. You will see the enemy flee. You just have to notify him that he has lost and Jesus has won. 

The best way to do it, is to pray as Daniel prayed, despite the opposition. He didn't engage the evil angels in a war of words; He simply kept on praying, kept on living as he always did, a faithful follower of God. It was the authority that he had in the spirit realm by being in submission to God that caused the angels to pay attention.     
 James 4:7 Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.