Stan Madrack shares that prayer is asking God to do something, where spiritual warfare is speaking to the problem itself. People sometimes define prayer as talking to God, but praying with authority is about speaking the promises of scripture over your situation. It is about declaring your rights as a child of God, and declaring the works of the devil null and void. For example, a great prayer that is credited to Rodney Hogue demonstrates this divine calling and positioning of the believer:
“I am a child of the King, I am a co-heir with Jesus. All Jesus bought and paid for is my inheritance. I am united with Jesus, I have been crucified with Christ. I died with Him, I am buried with Him, I was raised with Him, I am seated with Him in the heavenlies far above all rule, all power, all authority, and above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. Therefore I carry the authority of Christ. I have authority over sickness, over sin, over demons, and over the world. I am the salt of the earth. I am the light of the world. I will displace the darkness, I have the full armor of God. I put on the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the helmet of salvation, the sandals of peace, I take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, for the weapons of my warfare are not fleshly. They are divinely powerful to tear down the strongholds of darkness. I can do all things through Christ, because greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.”
It has been well said that there is no need to pray (ask God) for what he has already given to each one according to his word. John Avanzini, whose books are available at the Cleveland Library, shares that God does not respond to need, he responds to faith. There is a vast difference between praying, “God, please remove this problem”, and declaring, “In the name of Jesus I declare my rights as a child of God and command this spirit of (fill in the blank) to be bound, and I loose the blessings of God in this situation.”
For instance, when Jesus and the disciples were crossing the sea, a demonic storm arose that frightened the disciples so much they thought they would die (Luke 8). Jesus did not pray and ask his Father to calm the storm, scripture says he commanded, “Peace, be still!”, and the storm ceased immediately. Remember, prayer is asking God to do something, but spiritual warfare is speaking to the problem and the spirit behind the problem.
David Dennison shares about a popular monk in the 1600’s who told the townspeople to come for worship one evening, and he would preach about the love of God. When the people gathered in the sanctuary, the monk was quietly sitting up front. The people waited for him to speak, but he simply sat there. After many minutes the sun went down, at which time the monk lit a candle, then walked up to a statue of Christ. He held the candle at the crucified feet, then moved it to both nail pierced hands, then held the light at the pierced side, and slowly raised the flame to glow around the crown of thorns. He blew out the candle and sat down, and the people wept. They knew this was the whole and true message.
Your authority was purchased by the shed blood of Christ. It is yours to use in authoritative prayer, as a child of the king. Don’t ask God for what he has already given you to use, simply begin to exercise the authority already paid for by the love of God, and be sure to join us at Akron First to learn more about who you truly are in Christ.