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Prayer Authority.

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)   Pray without ceasing.

SUMMARY

Prayer is an important theme all throughout the Bible. We need to learn to pray and exercise our authority in prayer. This sermon helps us learn what is prayer authority and how we can have confidence in receiving answers from God.

SERMON POINTS

A Praying Person!

James 5:17 (KJV) Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

 Bible is a book of prayer. God desires that we  become centres of prayer. When you look at a praying person, you can perceive the authority they carry. You will find that what they say  or desire happens. In the Bible, we find Elijah, a man of passions and trials just like us; but when he prayed fervently, his prayers could control the rain over the land.

Similarly if you are praying person, you are able to control the situations around you through your prayer. This is what is called as prayer authority and it doesn’t come overnight. It starts with a consistent relationship with the Lord and the knowledge of His ways.

How can you cultivate this prayer life?

 Prayer authority comes through praying without ceasing. When we get to this level of prayer our prayer time becomes a glorious one. Prayer authority is cultivated in the following ways.

  1. By being genuinely concerned about the people whom God has placed around us.

 Nehemiah 1:2-4 (KJV) That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

We see Nehemiah in the Persian palace enquiring about Jerusalem and the remnant people. When we are genuinely concerned about the people God has placed around us, then He gives us that authority in prayer. We have been called to serve God and pray in this generation. If we fail we run the risk of being replaced.

Philippians 1:24-26 (KJV) Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

 The ultimate aim of our lives is to glorify His Name. He gives authority for those who fight for the people of God and have a concern about them. Jesus had compassion before He did any miracle. Let us cultivate that passion and hunger for the work of the Lord. Let us become prayer generals for God.

  

  1. By hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit to carry the prayer burden.

 Jeremiah 8:6,7 (KJV)   I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.

 The Lord laments over His people who are ignorant towards the requirements of the Lord. We fail to know or understand what our Master requires of us. We can grow in prayer authority by hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit to carry that burden of prayer.

Isaiah 64:7 (KJV)   And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

For those tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He gives a burden to pray. If we don’t receive the burden of prayer, the devil will break us with his yoke. Let’s be stirred up by the Spirit from within. For only with such stirring comes the praying authority.

  1. By being ignited with passion about prayer and giving it the highest priority.

 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (KJV)  Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 St. Paul teaches us to pray fervently, passionately and give it the highest priority. Let us light that flame of prayer. God has not given us a spirit of fear but one of love and power. We should put that into our prayer.

Daniel 2:16-18 (KJV)  Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

We need people with prayer authority now like never before. King Nebuchadnezzar asked his courtiers to tell him the dream he had and its interpretation. What was otherwise impossible for any man, praying Daniel received from the Lord. That’s the prayer authority God desires to impart on us these days.

 

  1. By understanding the principles of operating in the heavenlies.

 Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 The Bible very clearly tells us that our fight is not with flesh and blood, but with the principalities and evil spirits in the heavenlies. There are  3 heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2,3) (Genesis 1:1) The first heaven is the sky we see, over which we have limited authority. The second  heaven is where the evil forces of darkness live. It is satan’s fortress and we are surrounded by these powers in our daily lives. That is why need the prayer authority to war against these powers and overcome them in Jesus’ name. The third heaven is the planet or city heaven where the throne of God is. When we pray with authority we take victory over the evil forces responsible for every sin and demonic activity in the heavenly realms. We need people passionate for prayer.

 

CONCLUSION.

Prayer is talking to God. If we are not praying we are not functioning to our full potential. Let us take it upon ourselves to pray and keep on praying. Let’s cultivate that prayer authority and do great things for God.

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