Authority in Prayer

Pray and Believe – Jesus Said!
Can you remember the childhood taunts of "Who said!? “Who told you that you could do that!?!” "…such exclamations were always uttered in a tone of outrage.

When you first enter into the realm of prayer that changes things (scripture prayer especially), you may hear similar taunts in the back of your head. Do not be alarmed. You have simply outraged the enemy. Press on!

Who told you that you could, should pray powerful prayers of faith? Jesus!

Lk 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, the men always out to pray and not lose heart . (parable of the persistent widow)

Matt 6:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you. ; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened….

ASK: AITEO #154 Strong’s Denotes insistent asking without qualms, not commanding God, but solidly presenting a requisition whose items He longs to distribute. (Word Wealth, Spirit-filled Life Bible)

A paraphrase based on the Greek tense of the verb is “ask and keep on asking. Seek and keep on seeking. Knock and keep on knocking.” Don’t give up!

So Jesus is very clear with us: …..Pray! …..Believe!

Jesus’ Delegated Authority
Jesus is also very clear on the related issue of authority. He has created a stir in the religious institution because of the authoritative tone of His teaching:

Matt 8:28-29 The people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one with authority , and not as the scribes.

Genuine authority will always command attention…and Jesus has it. He not only has it, but He delegates it to his team:

Lk 9:1-2 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over demons, and to cure diseases . He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and to cure diseases.

We can only imagine the amazement of these men as they exercise Jesus’ authority in preaching and prayer. They come back stoked with stories of Divine happenings. Jesus is not surprised. He knows well what his delegated authority can do:

Lk 10:19 " Behold I gave you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over the power of the enemy, and nothing may in any means hurt you. . "

So Jesus and His team of disciples go through Israel upsetting the religious status-quo with demonstrations of the power of heaven. In His last week as team leader, Jesus lets His crew know that the bar is now raised.

Renewing of Delegated Authority
Jn 14:12-14 " Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do. , because I go to my Father And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. "

Jesus is coming to the end of His Earth assignment and is delegating to His disciples (and to us) the authority to continue the mission…and do even greater things than Jesus had performed in those three years.

Can’t you see those disciples exchanging glances with one another? "Good night, what more is there? "

A few days after this they are thrown into the chaotic trauma of Jesus’ arrest and death. At this point, the disciples are probably wondering if they had been hallucinating about the "greater things".
But, you know the end of the story…
He lives!

The Authority Enlarged!
After 40 days of reassuring and reinforcing His disciples, Jesus departs with a reminder that the mission is still a "go" and they still have His delegated authority…which has been enlarged!

Matt 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, " All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” "

The word authority that He is using is:
EXOUSIA 1849 in the Strong’s - it means: …..Privilege, force, capacity, competence, …..Freedom, liberty, jurisdiction, right, strength

Amazing! This is what He has given you…is giving you, even today. This authority is part of the covenant exchange. He secured in His death and resurrection: He took your weakness and gives you His strength. He took you lack of authority and gives you His authority. Now he is saying in very clear scriptural terms…"Use it! "

To carry that kind of authority is like walking around with the biggest, meanest weapon on the face of the earth! And, as disciples of Jesus, that authority is ours to use in prayer, preaching and ministry to the hurting.

Who said? Jesus did….and still does!
More Resources on Authority

• A discussion of Jack Hayford’s “Prayer is Invading the Impossible”
• A discussion of Dutch Sheets’ “Intercessory Prayer
Authority Over the Thief
No Storm Too Great!: Scripture prayer based on Psalm 91; good example of walking in faithful humility balanced with confident authority
Release the Power of Psalm 91 - free e-course that can raise the level of authority you walk in