Right-standing with God is what gives you authority. But prayer is what gives you the breakthrough. Prayer is how you legally submit your requests/petitions to God. God’s kingdom has laws. It is an ethical and moral society. We have rights as sons and daughters of God. We are his representatives on earth (2 Corinthians 5:19-21). When God’s ethical and moral standards are broken, we have the right to…
Compensation (a harvest for every seed sown)
Alleviation (relief from sickness and infirmity)
Cease & Desist orders (protection from the attacks of the enemy)
Waivers & Exceptions (favor and mercy)
Restitution & whatever else is needed to bring us back to a state of wholeness
However, we must come before the judge (who is also our Father) with clean hands and a clean heart. In other words, we should not pray while holding onto grudges or bitterness. The Apostle Paul who walked in tremendous authority and power (he prayed, laid hands on the sick and they were healed, read Acts 28:7-9) gave this advice…
1 Timothy 2:8, The Living Bible
“So I want men everywhere to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from sin and anger and resentment.”
Righteousness comes by salvation through Christ and following his precepts (John 14:15). Right-standing (or righteousness) with God means there is no sin separating us from God. God has accepted us through his beloved Son.
Ephesians 1:5-7, King James Version
“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
Once we have been made righteous, we are to abide in Christ (be a law-abiding citizen of Heaven). As we follow Christ’s principles, we are actually doing the will of God. Jesus only did what pleased the Father. When we are obedient to God’s Word (Jesus is the Word of God, read John 1:1-14) we come into “oneness” with the Father and the Holy Spirit, the same way that Jesus did.
John 8:28-29, King James Version
“…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”
Now we should expect immediate results when we pray. We have the right to pray boldly (as if we had never sinned) before the throne of grace because of the blood of Jesus that was shed for us. When we pray to the Father, he sees us as “Jesus” praying. We are the Body of Christ, right? The Bible says we are also the Bride of Christ. A spouse has access and authority to everything the other spouse possesses.
- Genesis 2:24, The Living Bible – “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife in such a way that the two become one person.”
- Matthew 19:4-6, The Living Bible – “Don’t you read the Scriptures?” he replied. “In them it is written that at the beginning God created man and woman, and that a man should leave his father and mother, and be forever united to his wife. The two shall become one—no longer two, but one! And no man may divorce what God has joined together.”
Marriage between a man and a woman is a picture of the relationship between Jesus and His Bride (The Church). As believers, we are one with Christ and he has made an eternal covenant to never leave us nor forsake us. When we realize our position and identity in Christ, we can pray with confidence. There’s no need to doubt. God loves us and is ready to answer ALL our prayers. Our authority and rights through Christ are three-fold:
We have access to God the Father through our status as a son or daughter of God. (Galatians 4:6-7)
We have access to God the Son through our status as His Bride (believers are espoused to Him). (Romans 7:4)
We have access to God the Holy Spirit because our physical body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit”. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Jesus has been given complete dominion over the earth realm. He legally reclaimed all rights to this world. This is why there’s such resistance to using the name of Jesus. His name has ultimate authority in the earth. (Read Philippians 2:9-11) Jesus has made us joint-heirs with Him and expects us to rule this earth realm, doing the Father’s will, until He physically returns to establish his kingdom on earth.
If Jesus, has complete authority over the earth, then what do you have as a believer (his spouse)? That’s right, you have the same authority as Jesus when you pray. You may pray for the sick and expect full recovery. You may speak to the storm and expect it to obey. You may ask for miracles of multiplication. You may preach the gospel because the Spirit of the Lord is upon you too.
John 14:12-13, Living Bible
“In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask him for anything, using my name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I, the Son, will do for you.”
We are in the season of greater works. It’s time to pray with authority.