A Praying Life: Authority in Prayer
In Jesus Name
God has given us the ability to pray from a position of strength when we pray for His will. God gives us the authority to activate His will on earth; the authority to bring His power into situations on earth. The proof that we are to pray with authority is that we have been authorized to use the name of Jesus. The One who has all authority in heaven and on earth has authorized us to speak in His name.
Read! Mathew 28:18
· “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”
When Jesus gives us the privilege of using his name, it is an indication of trust. He is saying, “Use the credibility I have earned to establish your own. You will not need to prove yourself in order to have immediate access to the benefits I have earned because you will be coming in my name and not your own. My reputation will be imputed to you. You will be received as I am.” This is the privilege Jesus has given us. We approach the Father in His name. Because Jesus has given us permission to use His name, we are accepted in the Father’s presence as Jesus is.
· Have you ever used someone else’s name in order to establish credibility? Share.
· When a person gives you permission to use his or her name, what trust is implied?
· In your words, what does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
The authority we have in Christ is delegated authority. We are to use His name to access His resources to fulfill His purposes through prayer. Jesus is the One who has been given the authority; He has only authorized us to use it. Delegated authority is only in effect when it exactly matches the original authority that backs it up. The authority that we exercise in prayer flows from Him. We do not have our own authority. We exercise His authority. Any time that our prayers are outside His will, they have no authority.
· Can you pray with authority unless you pray in Jesus’ name?
· Can you pray in Jesus’ name if you are not praying Jesus’ desires?
· What is the key to praying with authority?
A Praying Life
The longer we live a praying life, the more focused we are on God. The secret to powerful praying is not a method, but a relationship. Little by little we are freed from the uncertainty induced by scrutinizing our prayer methods to see if they measure up. Did I have enough faith? Did I pray fervently enough, or long enough, or eloquently enough? Did I present my case with enough passion? In the praying life, we can forget the method and look to the Master. The secret to prayer lies in Him alone.
Dean, J.K. (2010) Live a praying life: Open your life to god's power and provision. United States: New Hope Publishers (AL).