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“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

– Ephesians 6:18

Recently, my friend Ed Stetzer, who’s an editor for Christianity Today and the Executive Chairman for the Billy Graham Foundation, tweeted this: “Threw my back out. X-rays and treatments on Friday and too many drugs since then. Now asking for prayer. Not the weak, ‘Lord if it be they will, heal Ed’s back’ prayer. Nope! I’m looking for the, ‘God! We’re believing you to heal Ed’s back’ Spirit-filled kind. Please! Now!”

Undoubtedly, all of us have had moments when we felt like Ed Stetzer did when he tweeted those words. As Christians, when we’re backed into a corner, have explored every last human option, and have nowhere else to go, we seek the prayers of someone who is not afraid to exercise their Spiritual authority! When our back is against a wall, we don’t want the, “Lord on high, blessed be Thy Name…” kind of prayer, because it seems ceremonial and devoid of passion. Instead, we want the prayer of the person who petitions Jesus with fervor, power, and authority.

When I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma growing up, we attended the same church for a long time. After a dear family member got sick, we knew we needed to take her to church so she could be prayed over, but when the time came, my mom said, “No! We’re not going to our church to pray, we’re going to Victory, a charismatic church. They know how to pray!” Now, it’s easy to say that charismatic Christians know best how to pray, but the truth is that all of us should know how to pray like that.

Friend, too often as Reformed, Presbyterian or non-charismatic believers, we assume that we cannot or should not pray with authority, but nothing could be further from the truth! Never forget that you are in a Spiritual battle and that God has given you license to come before His throne confidently, with boldness and faith. By your heartfelt prayers, you can proclaim goodness and blessing over the world, speak healing to broken minds and bodies, and command Spiritual oppression to lift, in Jesus’ Name! Isn’t that incredible news?

Prayer


I commit, Jesus, to carrying your authority to a world in need and to praying boldly and confidently in your power!

Reflection


Do you pray with authority? If so, how has it impacted those around you? If not, will you commit to giving it a try?

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