PRAYER AND AUTHORITY
Prayer is a great weapon that Jesus Christ has left with the church to use and release the power of the Holy Spirit and Angels to come and do God’s will on earth but this prayer weapon goes in line with authority and they work together.
Meaning of Prayer,
A prayer is a conversation with God and a devout petition to God. And we all know what is in a petition is, a petition is a request made to the coarts of law when someone has not been satisfied with what has been going on especially if it were elections and he thinks he was rigged his votes and therefore such a candidate goes to petition to coarts of law that he may get sorted about his issues but one thing about petition is you must have participated, you must have identity, you must have faith in the team of justice and you must accept whatever they tell you in the coarts of law as final and you should not grumble about the result coming from the chief justice justification or declaration, you must have a lawyer to represent you in the coarts of law regarding your petition and must partner with him because he understands the behavior of the coarts of law, you must also be willing to submit to the requirements they want from you without hesitation for your own good, and also lastly you must give coarts of law the time to analyse your petition as they get evidence so it will be just a coversation and hearing but a trial.
Meanwhile Christians when praying to God they are making a devout petition about what is wrong with their lives and many may not be satisfied with what is happening in their lives so they want to know what God can do for them and to give them a solution and analyse their cases but since we have looked what a petition is, then if prayer is a devout petition the Christians praying will require all these components to make his petition to go through.
1. The Lawyer to guide him or her, and our Lawyer is the Holy Spirit, he is the only who understands the will of God and therefore he should guide a person whatever he needs according to the will of God. He knows the rules of the coarts of law and what is needed.
2. Repentance is another component required before you make your petition before God and you must be pure to make that petition or to start a coversation with God you must be clean and upright in the heart and that will open the gates of the Spirit to be with you.
3. Faith is another component needed for the prayer before it is made, like a petition we saw in the coarts of law have faith in the judicial team also a person praying to God must have faith that his or her prayer will be answered and must be willing to take whatever God decides but most Christians are contrary to that, they want God to do what they decided which is wrong.
4. Humility is another aspect of a prayer needed because a person praying must be humble before God, not arrogant, proud, the person praying must be humble in the heart otherwise his prayer will be lame and it will go un answered before God. Example is here where a pharisee and a tax collecter went to the temple to pray and that Christians must read and understand the nature of prayer made to God.
Jesus also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves, thinking they were righteous, but who looked down on everyone else: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, ‘O God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—thieves, dishonest people, adulterers, or even this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of my entire income.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven. Instead, he continued to beat his chest and said, ‘O God, be merciful to me, the sinner that I am!’ I tell you, this man, rather than the other one, went down to his home justified, because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke18:9-14. You can see how humulity is needed the Pharisee was just exalting himself and even reading himself before God and was proud in the heart, so he went home when his prayer wasn’t answered because he never needed God’s help in petition only was boasting about himself but the tax collecter understood the components of a prayer and he was humble and needed assistance from God to be merciful to him, he repented in his heart and he never wanted to reach the presence of God, he stood afar and beat in his breast showing he acknowledged he was a sinner before God and did the right thing and he went home when answered because God saw his humulity and cry because he showed he cannot manage by himself so he needed help from God. So then most Christians mess up the nature of prayer and just speak many words and quoting scriptures thinking God will justify them and that perception is wrong, because the pharisee was quoting and made very many words but he was not answered, while a tax collecter only spoke with sincerity in the heart with humbleness and spoke a few words but he was answered so Christians by careful about your communication with God, do not just shout your empty prayer. “ The Nature of Prayer ”
5. Wisdom is another component required in making a supplication or a prayer, God wants us to pray with wisdom when we are praying because he doesn’t expect you to pray for car or a house really when you do not even have a job or having a mattress in your rented house, that is lacking wisdom in prayer, you must be honest with God, you cannot ask a car when he sees you need a mattress at that time, many Christians have misguided prayer and lame prayers that cannot reach God and then they blame God for not answering them.
6. Authority is another important component of a successful prayer, that is having identity and also showing in what authority you are praying in, many christians pray but they do not know in what authority they should be praying for, forgetting that Jesus Christ said that if you are asking the Father then you must be born of Christ and you are praying as a child of God. And many people pray as old people in the kingdom of God not as children of God and now like Catholics pray in the name of bikira maria and that is not written anywhere in the bible so those are just wasting time only doing vain repetitions and calling upon demons not God through Jesus Christ. God wants us to pray in the authority of Jesus Christ and be guided by the Holy Spirit and all things of God are taken as children of God.
Prayer is also an expression of thanks addressed to God and prayer is about assigning God our authority to him in order to act in our lives, on our challenges and in other people’s lives. So prayer is to beseech and implore about the will of God for us.
Prayer is an intercession as well especially for someone who needs help in his life. And prayer also is an object of worship to God, so if we are praying to God its another aspect to show God we belong to him and have faith in him but this must be accompanied by submission of a Christian to God in obedience, keeping righteousness and holiness and then God will answer you as you raise your hands towards heaven because the Father knows exactly what has brought you.
Christians TODAY spend a lot of time and effort into a prayer, but sometimes this can often seem like a waste of time especially when there is no answer to the prayer made to the Almighty God therefore Unanswered prayer is a huge source of frustration for many believers.
Part of the problem is misunderstanding about the way that prayer works. Misguided prayer is a major cause of distress. One of the most serious problems is that Christians often pray as if they were trying to change God’s mind. They are concerned about a problem in their society and ask God to act to change the situation. If nothing happens, their prayer turns into pleading and even they transfer to the most people who have more faith than them so that God may change the situations. Now in this world there are things that happen which God has allowed to happen due to his will, and even if you spend a lot of time praying you won’t do anything as long as God is not willing to change that as a result we often get frustrated about the things we are praying for that were unanswered which is very dangerous to our lives and this will lead to much disappointment which will lead to Offense To God.
Changing God’s Mind
Changing God’s mind is not something we should focus on as the believers or Born Again Christians, we should put our minds on the will of God and understand what God’s will is. Something good needs to be done, and he is able to do it, but has chosen to nothing, but some pleads fervently, he might change his mind and act. They try getting other people to pray thinking it will help. If may be enough good people beg God to take up this cause, he might be persuaded to act. If some of those praying are really godly people, that might help swing him around.
Under this approach, God is all powerful. He can do anything, so if prayer is not answered, it must be because he is reluctant to answer it. The purpose of the prayer is not to change his mind and get some action.
The underlying idea behind this approach is that prayer changes God’s mind. This is a dangerous principle, because changing God’s mind is just about impossible. The scriptures are quite blunt on this topic.
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind (Numbers 23:19).
He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind (1 Samuel 15:29).
Humans change their minds all the time, but God is different. He does not need to change his mind.
A possible exception is Abraham arguing with the angels about Sodom in Genesis 18; 16-. God seemed to give into Abraham’s persuasion by agreeing not to destroy Sodom, if there were ten righteous men in it. However, it is not clear that God did change his mind. Sodom was still destroyed, although the angels saved Lot and his family. It is possible that God agreed with Abraham, because he knew that there were not ten righteous men in Sodom. God did not change his mind, rather Abraham was persuaded to agree with the justice of God’s action against Sodom. There may be some debate about this interpretation, but anyway this incident does not give me much confidence that I can change God’s mind.
The truth is that we should not want to change God’s mind. His will is good. He only wants what is best for us, so a sensible person will not want anything that is not God’s will. We get the best by seeking God’s will, so we do not need to change his mind.
Praying to change God’s mind is generally a wastage of time. This does not mean that prayer is a waste of time, because prayer is about assigning authority, not on persuading God to act. To understand the purpose of prayer, we must understand the way that authority works in this world he has assigned, and to understand that we must go right back to the beginning.
Authority on Earth
When God created the world he gave dominion over the earth to mankind.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion.” (Genesis 1:26).
God gave mankind authority over every living thing upon the earth. This was an amazing gift. Creating something wonderful and beautiful and giving authority over it to someone weaker was a risky decision, but this bold act transferred authority over the earth from God to man. The earth became our domain and sphere of control. This is confirmed in Psalm 115:16:
The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.
God has full control over the heavens. The angels do his bidding without resistance. He has given authority over the earth to us.
Adam and Eve soon surrendered their authority to evil, by disobeying God and eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. To understand the seriousness of this action, we need to understand an important principle.
When we agree with someone, we give them influence in our lives.
When we submit to another person, we give them authority over our life.
By agreeing with Satan’s lies about the tree, Adam and Eve gave him influence in over them (Gen 3:6). When Adam and Eve submitted to Satan’s advice, they gave him authority over their lives.
This transition dramatically changed the working of authority on the earth. God had given control to humans. The representatives of humanity had given authority over the lives to the devil. This gave the forces of evil significant control over the earth. From that day forward, humans only had partial authority, because the spiritual powers of wickedness have usurped substantial authority. This is why Satan could boast when he was tempting Jesus.
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to (Luke 4:4-6).
Although he is a liar, especially when boasting, in this case he was close to the truth. He had authority over the kingdoms of the world, because it had been given to him, by those who had been given authority by God.
This transfer of authority created a huge problem on earth and explains why evil has often been rampant on earth. It also created a huge dilemma (further explanation of this problem is provided in God’s Big Strategy to bring a savior
God had the power to put things right, but he did not have authority to act, because he had given authority on earth to humans. God is trustworthy and faithful, so he does not change his mind or go back on his decisions. He does not say one thing and do another. His promises are irrevocable, so despite humans making a mess with their authority over the earth, God could not just take it back and intervene on earth.
God could not go back on his word, but had another solution. Only a human has authority to sort out the problems on earth. So God sent his son Jesus to earth as a man. Because Jesus Christ never submitted to Satan, he did not come under the authority of evil. Because he was truly man, he was able to take back the authority that God had given to Adam and Eve that they had given to Satan. His ministry and death destroyed the authority of the devil after the resurrection.
He too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14).
Jesus Christ had to share our humanity, because that gave him authority to defeat the devil. The power of the devil came through human disobedience and sin through Adam and Eve after submitting to the Devil Lies. So it needed a savior through human life to get back the authority which Jesus Christ did by paying the penalty for sin on the cross, Jesus destroyed his authority.
He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:13-15).
Forgiveness of sin translated into defeat of evil powers and authorities. Therefore, when Jesus had risen from the dead, he was able to say,
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matt 28:18).
Jesus Christ always had authority in heaven. He now had authority on earth. He had completed his main task, by recovering the authority that God had given to mankind and evil had stolen.
Jesus Christ still holds this Authority up to now. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the son and those to whom the son chooses reveal him. Mathew11; 27’’
Authority is important. Jesus Christ died on the cross to recover stolen authority for the people of God. Once we understand the importance of authority, we will know why prayer is important.
Prayer in conjunction with authority for authorizing God to do his purposes.
Prayer most of the time is not changing God’s mind towards where we have challenges or facing problems it could be in a business, our lives and nation. Rather prayer should be focused on the will of God and what he wants to do, in many cases we pray as if we want to change God’s mind which is misguided instead we should focus on what God is willing to do and if we know his will about the issue we are facing with he will do it.
Prayer is an invitation to God to come and do his will on earth and in our lives, so humans with legitimate authority give God authority to work on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit. God is made redundant and powerless if we do not involve him or invite him but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t see what is going on, so then God will work and work in our lives if we permit him by praying but invitation should be aligning with his will for you. But many people pray to force to do what they want not he wants to do, God will always keep silent on such issues where people are not considering his will and view.
God has given authority over the earth to mankind. Despite man stuffing things up, God keeps his word, so he will not act on earth without getting permission from a human with legitimate authority on earth. This is an important principle.
God will not act on earth unless a human gives him permission to act.
Jesus Christ has defeated the enemy and given God’s people authority on earth. When we pray we are not asking him to change his mind, we are giving him the authority that he needs to take action on earth.
To give God permission to act, we need to know what he wants to do earth. The first part of prayer is listening to his voice and finding out his will.
Once we know what he wants to do, we can give him permission to do it. This is the second important principle.
Prayer is finding out God’s will and giving him authority to do it.
Prayer gives the Holy Spirit permission to do God’s will. He cannot act without getting permission from a human with authority on earth. When we pray for something, we give him the authorization that he needs to act on earth to accomplish God’s purpose.
Partnership with the Holy spirit of God for God to accomplish his purposes on earth
Prayer is a partnership. The Father has many things that he wants the Holy Spirit to do on earth. The Holy Spirit has immense power, but no authority. We have authority on the earth, but no power.
When we use our authority to give the Holy Spirit permission to use his power, we can do great things for the Father together. Without him we can do nothing. Without our permission to act, he is constrained. By joining together his power with our authority, he can do great works on earth for the Father. Let’s look at the examples in the bible where we have people that were upright with God
Hannah and Samuel
The birth of Samuel is a marvelous example (1 Samuel 1:1-20). Hannah, a faithful woman of God had cried out to God for a son for many years, but without success. The problem was that she did not understand what God was doing. This was a critical time in Israel, because the people would soon want a King, so God needed a prophet to speak to the nation. This prophet would eventually anoint David as King of Israel. However, God could not act, because there was no prophet because the priests at that time were corrupt, so no one was giving him permission to act.
After some years, Hannah changed her prayers and cried out for a son who would be a man of God. This was what God wanted, so her prayers were answered immediately and Samuel was born. He went on to be one a great prophet during a pivotal time in Israel’s history. This was not just a lesson about seeking God’s will. The incident demonstrates that God needs praying people to give him authority so he can do what he wants to do.
Lessons learnt from Hannah experience of a prayer for a son.
The example of samuel reveals that before we start praying for what we need, we should inquire from the Lord about his will for the situation and that make our prayer successful if Hannah had known what God was planning she could have prayed rightly about the son.
God wants people or Christians with legitimate authority to invite him to accomplish his plans on earth, God used an advantage of hannah praying for a son and he also brought a prophet he had wanted to bring to work through pivotal time in Israel since they needed a king with time and priests were corrupt by that time so he had wanted a prophet to speak to the people.
Also Christians limit God’s plans alot by praying wrongly he could be doing many things on earth but many Christians are misguided like Hannah so there’s a need to change the nature of praying like Hannah in order to make it through and make answered prayers.
This pattern is repeated throughout the scriptures. Before God acts in a powerful way, faithful, obedient and upright people will be praying and giving him permission to act. This even applies to the birth of the Messiah. Jesus Christ was able to born as a baby, because people like Simeon and Anna had been praying for God to send his Messiah (Luke2:25-38).
Prophets involved in the prayers
Prophetic people have an important role in supporting effective prayer. For this is not that anyone who calls himself a prophet would pray and God hears them no. For this one I mean the Prophet who is standing Upright with GOD and you have been revealed by God and the Holy Şpirit and he is obedient to God’s commands , For there are so many false Prophets who have risen up so take heed and Test the spirits not all the prophets are serving God so this should be known all over the world.
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7).
God does speak to prophets to make them feel good. He reveals his plans to get faithful people praying for his plans. This gives him authority to implement his plans on earth. Like Anna, Simeon was a prophet.
The Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. (Luke 2:25-26).
God have Simeon this revelation, so he would pray for the coming of the Messiah. His prayers gave God permission to do fulfil his plans, and Jesus Christ was born to Mary and Joseph. Simon saw his prayers fulfilled when they took baby Jesus into the temple.
In other words Prayer is finding out God’s will and giving him permission to act on the earth where we have authority. Understanding this will strengthen our faith. If we know we are praying for something that God wants to do, we can be confident that he will do it. This confidence should inspire us to pray with great faith.
Keys to the Kingdom
Jesus spoke to Peter about the Keys to the Kingdom.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matt 16:19).
Jesus was not giving Peter authority over the church, but was explaining the way that prayer and authority works.
He repeated these words, so they must be important.
I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven (Matt 18:18-19).
The additional sentence makes the meaning clear. Two or three people on earth agreeing on something gives the Father in heaven authority to do it. This is the key to the kingdom. We can bind up heaven by failing to pray, as without our authority, God cannot act. On the other hand, by praying correctly and wisely, we can release the powers of heaven to work on earth.
In the next verse, Jesus confirms the number of people needed release God’s power on earth.
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them (Matt 18:20).
Two or three people in agreement can give God authority to act. We do not need hundreds of people praying to persuade God. We just need two or three people who agree with what God wants to do. They have sufficient authority on earth to release him to accomplish his purpose. Simeon and Anna had sufficient authority to allow God to send Jesus Christ as messiah. Eli’s agreement with Hannah gave God authority to open Hannah’s womb for Samuel to be born (1 Sam 1:17).
Understanding the nature of prayer will change the way we pray. First of all it means we can stop babbling on. Long prayers change nothing especially if what you are praying for is not under God’s will. For God is not a man that you will just come and ask as if you were persuading him to do for you after praying for many hours. In this context we need to Know God’s will, and pray wisely, and correctly with the authority that we have in order to give him permission to work out his purposes
When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matt 6:7-8).
Babbling on in prayer is a waste of time, because God already knows what we need. We do not have to persuade him. We pray to give the Holy Spirit freedom to act. How do we babble in prayer by sayings things repeatedly and infact Christians of today command God in prayers and they think they will make him hear them? Oh for God did not give us his authority to command him. Now so many Christians today are praying for Materials things to acquire them but as long as what you are praying about is not in God’s will or he is not willing to do it at that particular time then you are just wasting your time.
After making this statement, Jesus gives an example of the way that we should pray. The second clause of the Lord’s Prayer is not a petition or a plea, but a declaration of what should happen. Translated literally it reads like this.
God’s kingdom, Come!! God’ will, Let it be done on earth!!
These words are closer to a prophecy than to a prayer. They are a declaration calling the Kingdom of God into existence. This is how we should pray. By declaring God’s plans, we give the Holy Spirit permission to bring them into being. By announcing the kingdom, we allow him to do God’s will on earth.
Authority is more important than numbers for effective prayer. Here is another important principle.
We can only give God permission to act on earth in situations where we have authority
Every Christian has different levels of authority in various spheres of activity. This affects their authority in prayer.
Christian parents have authority in their family, so they can give God permission to work in their family. Employers have authority over in their business, so they can give God authority to work there. Managers have authority over their staff, so they have can give God authority to work in their lives. A king has authority in his a kingdom, so he can give God permission to work in his kingdom. Elders have authority over people in their care, so they can give God authority to act in their lives.
When people ask us to pray for them, they are giving us authority in their lives. This gives us authority to speak to God on their behalf. Hannah had submitted to Eli, so he had authority to agree with her prayers. If she had not submitted to him, his agreement may not have meant anything.
Two or three people with earthly authority over a situation will be more effective than hundreds who have no authority. This is a reason why Christians should take up positions of authority that are offered to them. Being given authority in the world, gives a Christian wider and broader authority in prayer.
Much of the prayer for cities and nations is wasted, because the people praying do not have much authority over the political systems they are praying for. If the rulers of a city are not Christians, they are by default, continuously giving the forces of evil authority to act in their city or nation. Christians can bind these principalities and powers and command them to leave the city, but they do not need to depart, if they have been invited to be there by leaders of the city, because the leaders have more authority in the city than the people praying.
Now to pray for a city we need to find what God wants to do in that particular city then seek his guidance and permission to go and exercise that authority he has given to us then we would allow him to act on that city for his purposes
Christians should be careful about submitting to political authorities, because when we submit to them, we are vulnerable to the principalities that control them. If we are standing to together in unity with other Christians, that may not be a problem, but if we are isolated from spiritual support, we might came under attack.
Dealing with the spiritual forces of evil is another aspect of prayer and authority. Human sin gave the devil authority on earth. It also seemed to give him some authority in heaven. He was able to go into the presence of God and make accusations against people who sinned.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them (Job 1:6).
Satan did not have authority to attack Job because he had not sinned, but if anyone had sinned, Satan could accuse them and demand the right to do them harm (his name means accuser).
Jesus death on the cross eliminated the accuser’s authority. If he accused any of God’s people, Jesus can say, “My blood covered that sin, so it does not count”. Satan lost his authority and was thrown out of heaven.
And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him (Rev 12:7-9).
This is not a future event. These things happened when Jesus ascended into heaven (Rev 12:5). The cross destroyed Satan’s power and Jesus ascension into heaven confirmed that victory. He can never go into the presence of God and accuse people again.
The devil was thrown down upon the earth, but he has no legitimate authority there. Unfortunately, Satan is a cheat. Whereas God respects human authority, Satan has none and will seize power, even if he has no authority.
The devil can gain authority on earth in three different ways.
1. When people with authority on earth fall into sin, they surrender their authority to him. The more authority the person has, the more harm they do. Kings and politicians are releasing authority to evil all over the earth.
2. If Satan can deceive Christians into believing that he has not been defeated, he gains huge authority in their lives and spheres of influence. This has been a very successful tactic, as many Christians believe that the devil still rules on earth. This terrible lie has paralyzed the church we should not accept that the devil has powers because the powers have been taken away on the cross for the sin was crucified on the cross and when Jesus Christ died he took away everything that Satan had stolen that was in the resurrection so Jesus Christ brought back that authority he gave that Authority to us.
Read Luke10:19I have given you all the authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the powers of the devil.
3. Satan will often just squat in a place where he has no legitimate authority, and wait until someone with legitimate authority in that sphere forces him out. This has been a very successful tactic too.
Prayer and fasting is the solution since the cross, Satan has been a trespasser with no legitimate authority on earth. Prayer is standing together with other believers to force him to flee from places of authority where he is squatting as a trespasser.
Squatters and trespassers are not intimidated by court decisions. They will usually stay where they are, until the police come with a court order and force them to leave. Prayer is enforcing a court order against the enemy. The cross was a legal defeat for the devil. Praying Christians enforce an eviction notice against the evil powers in places where they have no legal right to be.
Resisting the Evil
Submission to God’s Laws and Commandments
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). We can see that if we persistently submit to God’s commandments we shall defeat Satan by doing so we shall be free from the sin and this is where Satan always want to lean against for your conviction so by allowing the Holy spirit to be our guider in everything then we will be able to overcome the forces of temptations of the Evil one Satan.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith (1 Pet 5:8-9).
The forces of evil have no authority on earth, but they will refuse to give up their ground as long as they can get away with it. The role of the church is to enforce the victory of Jesus against the principalities and powers.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, and according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:10).
Resist Satan wiles with Word of Truth.
We resist the enemy by speaking words of truth. Jesus Christ demonstrated the correct method when he was being tempted by Satan. He does not have authority to attack us physically. He has to persuade us to submit to him spiritually. Satan plants false ideas in our minds, and if he can get us to agree with his thoughts, he has power in our life to do what he proposed. The devil said to Jesus.
If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread (Luke 4:3).
The devils suggestions are usually half true. Jesus is the Son of God. He does have the power to turn stone into bread. Eating bread is not sinful. However, Jesus Christ realized that the enemy was trying to get him to submit to him, but he countered the devil with a true statement.
It is written: “Man does not live on bread alone but with every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Luke 4:4).
This was the truth that was really relevant in Jesus situation. When you are being tested, food is not that important. Obedience to God the Father is far more important than short term comfort. The truth spoken by Jesus nullified the power of Satan’s lies. When Satan’s lies are exposed and challenged, they are stripped of their power and he cannot touch us.
We are often challenged in the same way but you need to declare the word of truth so that you can defeat Satan and escape his skimming ways
But if we agree with this suggestion or act upon it, we give him power in our lives. Many of his suggestions play on our fears by producing worry. If you take that action, something bad could happen.
This suggestion is partly true. Something can always go wrong. Unfortunately, if we agree with the suggestion by starting to worry about what could happen, we have given him authority in our lives, and more specifically, we have given him permission to do the thing we fear. Many of the things that people fear happen, because they have agreed with the suggestion from the enemy, by worrying about it, which has given him authority to do it.
The best way to resist the enemy’s attack is to counter with a declaration of the truth. This is what Paul meant by the shield of faith (Eph 6:10). A declaration of faith based on God’s word extinguishes the flaming arrows of the enemy and they fall harmlessly to the ground.
Jesus did not address Satan or bind him. He just declared the truth. We may sometimes need to command a spirit to leave a person who needs to be set free, but mostly we just need to declare the truth and of evil has to flee.
Sometimes the enemy’s suggestions will be made by a person with authority in our lives, such as a parent or teacher.
He will never amount to anything.
If we accept these words, then we are giving the devil power to fulfil them. If we hear these words a number of times, without denying them, then they gain a spiritual stronghold in our lives. When these words gain a stronghold, Satan no longer has to make the suggestion, because we have agreed with the statement and start saying it to ourselves. We start to believe the lie.
When I buy into the devil’s lie and start declaring it myself, he has a stronghold in my life. The good news is that we can prevent negative thoughts from becoming spiritual strongholds by speaking words of truth that nullify their power.
God loves me and created me for a unique purpose to do on earth that statement will nullify what bad has been said negative of you so it will not affect you.
The most powerful stronghold of the devil is the lie that he is still the “prince of this world”. This was true before the cross, but Jesus death and resurrection destroyed his power on earth.
Now the prince of this world will be driven out (John 12:31)
The prince of this world now stands condemned (John 16:11).
Although the Devil has been totally defeated by Jesus, many Christians still believe that the short-term destiny of the earth is in his hands. This lie is a terrible stronghold, because it has given him authority to continue working on earth, despite his defeat. The best way to defeat this stronghold is to declare the truth of Jesus Christ victory on the cross and declaration of blood covenant,
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:8).
Persistence will never persuade God to change his mind, but it will wear the enemy down and force him to surrender.
When we reject the enemy’s first attack, he will come back with another. If his first suggestion does not cause us to worry, he will try something different .He had three goes against Jesus, before he gave up, so we keep going for quite a while against us. We do not need persist to change God’s mind, but we will have to persist in the truth to wear down the enemy.
Authority is essential for resisting evil. This leads to a fourth principle.
We can only resist the forces of evil effectively in situations where we have authority in our lives.
We should choose our targets carefully. We can only resist evil powers effectively especially in places where we have legitimate authority.
Praying against big spirits in places where we do not have authority can lead to a backlash. If these spirits strike back, they can do great harm to a vulnerable Christian
This is how a group of Christians can function in a hostile world. By submitting to a few Christians they trust and standing together to resist evil, they can create an island of safety in a dangerous world. As more people follow this example, the spheres of peace will expand, and the forces of evil will be gradually squeezed out because they have no place to stand.
Submission is Essential
Submission is very important for Christians, but unfortunately it has become a tool for Christian leaders to control their people. The real purpose of submission is different. God has made us free, so another person can only have authority in our lives, if we give it to them. We give another person authority in our lives by submitting to them. This is important for effective prayer. By submitting to each other, Christians are giving other Christians authority in their lives. When we submit to our elders, we give them authority in our lives. This enables them to pray to God on our behalf and release the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. It also allows them to resist evil on our behalf. The more I submit to Christian friends or elders, the greater spiritual authority they will have to resist any evil that is attacking me.
This relationship between spiritual authority and submission is not well understood. We often ask other Christians to pray for us, but it does not have much effect. The reason is that they lack authority in our lives, but they cannot have authority, if we will not give it to them. Modern Christians want to be independent, so they are ambivalent about the concept of submission. This leaves them vulnerable in spiritual warfare, because no one has authority to stand with them to resist the attacks of the enemy.
Disappointment leads to Offence
Persisting in prayer to change God’s mind is pointless. Expecting the forces of evil to surrender without a fight is foolish. If we pray in the wrong way, our prayers will not be answered. This is not a problem, if it occurs occasionally, but is dangerous if it happens too often. Frequent failure in prayer leads to disappointment and disappointment corrodes the human spirit. If we do not deal with it, we can develop a bad attitude that destroys our faith in God.
When fervent prayers go unanswered, we can get offended and start saying negative things about God.
God does not care about me. God cannot heal everyone. Miracles are not for today.
These statements above are not true. They may express our pain and disappointment, but if we keep speaking in this way we are insulting God’s character. In the New Testament, this is described as taking offence with God.
When Jesus came to Nazareth, the people were amazed at him, but their amazement soon changed to expressions of doubt.
Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (Mark 6:3).
Their statements were true, but they represented a distorted view of Jesus. They gave too much weight to their own experiences and too little to God’s promises. Jesus did not match their expectations, so they were disappointed in him.
The people were disappointed in God, but the scriptures say they had taken offence.
Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief (Mark 6:5, 6).
Offence led to unbelief, which shut down the power of God.
Offence is a silent insidious sin that is mostly buried and hidden. When we are offended by someone, we often say nothing. The other person may not even know that we are offended. However, the offence infects our relationship by eating away in our hearts and tainting everything we say and do.( this subject of offense is well explained in understanding offense and buried sin)
Most Christians who are offended by unanswered prayers have never said what they feel out loud. They just have this feeling of being let down by God. This wrong attitude is often buried so deep in our hearts that we do not know it is there. However, it taints our thoughts and words and spoils our relationship with God. Buried offence at God makes faith difficult.
In conclusion we should not fall into offence because God has not answered our prayers or after being abused when declaring the word of truth in the power of the Holy spirit because Jesus Christ says that blessed is the one who is not offended because of Me. Mathew 11; Learning how to pray correctly and wisely is really important in the aspects of our lives and this pleases God almighty through Jesus Christ beloved son. Instead of pleading with God in situations where he is not willing by doing that we shall be wasting time, the key element here is that we should learn about authority we have in our lives and how we can use it to set the power of the Holy Spirit free to accomplish God’s purposes on earth and in our lives and also we should submit everything in our lives to God because the more the submission the more the Authority from God to us through Jesus Christ and by this we shall know our promises in God’s presence, because here God has prepared everything for us and he needs us to totally surrender to him by accepting his Son Jesus Christ to reign in our lives until we have pertained his image through Jesus Christ and it will bring God ğlory and he will be pleased with us.
May God the father give you more Knowledge through his beloved son Jesus Christ Our Lord to understand his will with the guidance of the Holy Spirit who he has given to us to avoid offense to God and also avoid distress because our prayers are not answered.
I remain Asher Namanya the Bondservant of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.