Authority to Pray in Jesus Name
Have you ever been in a group of people trying to make a decision and one person persuaded the group? What probably happened was that person spoke with authority. This is how Jesus spoke and it caused even his enemies to marvel (Mark 1:22).
If you can write company checks in the boss’ name it means you have his authority to spend company money.
In that same way Jesus allows us to act in his name.
As a follower of Christ you can pray in Jesus’ name. That means you have the ability to use heavenly power.
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:17-18
This is both exciting and troubling. Remember, you must give an account for how you use Christ’s authority just as you must account for your use of company money.
Authority Over Darkness
Jesus has also given his followers the authority over the forces of darkness.
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19
We can get into trouble when we don’t walk in Jesus’ authority. I find I get beat up by spiritual bullies when I don’t walk in the authority. Being a Christian and not walking in authority is like having a concealed handgun license but leaving your gun at home.
When we pray we must take authority over our flesh as well as demonic influences who try to disrupt our time with the King. A great way to do this is to pray aloud. Our authority comes from Jesus and what He did on the cross. When we put our faith in Him we may approach the throne in boldness knowing our prayers will be heard.
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:13-15
What Authority Sounds Like
How do people with authority speak?
Do they mumble and mutter to themselves? Of course not! They speak loudly and with confidence.
How can we pray in authority if we wont even pray aloud?
We also pray with confidence for we know God will answer. Remember we pray in His Son’s name. He promises to answer.
Shouting in Prayer
I can think of several times when it is even appropriate and indeed needed to shout in prayer. The first is when we are praising God, rejoicing over a spiritual triumph or expressing joy.
“We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.” Psalm 20:5
Another time when it is appropriate to shout is when interacting with unclean spirits. Shouting can help convince them that you are convinced of the power you have in Christ Jesus. Christ already won the victory on the cross and so we can shout in victory!
“Moab is my washbasin, upon Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.” Psalm 60:8
Moab, Edom and Philistia were the primary enemies of Israel. As Christians our primary enemies are the world the flesh and the devil. Through Jesus we can shout for triumph and take authority over them. Our entire body engages when we shout and it is any easy way to engage in spiritual warfare.
Must we shout?
Do you need to shout to take authority? No, but it doesn’t hurt.
The more convinced of your authority you become the more a mere whisper can move mountains.
This is not a mumble but an intense whisper. I don’t know many people able to pray with this sort of authority but those who do can move mountains. Praying aloud will help develop your confidence and help you pray with authority.
What do you think?
- Do you ever shout when you pray? Why or why not?
- When you shout does it help?
- Are you timid when you pray? Why or why not?