Thursday, 13 June 2019

Prayer; Exercising Authority

Christianity is first of all intimacy (read the post on prayer of intimacy), secondly it involves pressing into the reality of the new creation we have been translated into, and finally it requires taking a stand on that which we have been established into. Prayer is a tool or exercise that helps to build us in all these things.
If you have ever read the book Sit, Walk and Stand by Watchman Nee, it follows the same pattern, because that is the pattern of the Christian life. We must learn to sit, settle down in the Sabbath and enjoy intimacy with God; we must also learn to walk, press in to the reality in Christ; and then we must learn to take a stand and exercise our authority in Christ.
”I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." (Mar 11:23).
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain:" (Zec 4:6-7).
The prayer of exercising authority is not a prayer to God, it is directed to the mountain. You speak directly to the problem and exercise your authority in Christ.
"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:" (Eph 1:20-21).
"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus," ( Eph 2:6).
We are raise with Christ, seated inside of him in heaven, far above every power and every other thing in the heavens and the earth. We have this powers, this authority and we must exercise it. But first we must understand that this authority is only in Christ – in oneness with Christ. Christ is the one who is seated above all powers, and we are inside of him, one with him.
Therefore in praying the prayer of authority we must come into oneness with Christ and exercise this authority. We cannot go outside of Christ, hoping that the power would work for us, it only work in Christ. So you must be in Christ, you must be expressing him (I would talk more about expressing the Son in a post to come).
The prayer of exercising authority works best when we have develop ourselves in oneness with the Godhead through the prayer of intimacy, and also when we are growing significantly in the fullness of Christ through the prayer of pressing into realities. What we have in Christianity today, we just want to jump and start exercising authority without truly knowing God and disciplining ourselves to press into the fullness of Christ.
You can't just jump like that, otherwise you will find yourself speaking to the mountain and the mountain will not respond. Yes, it requires simple faith but our faith is a person (Christ) and we must grow in him – grow into oneness with him.

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