“For those that are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship…now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs and co-heirs of Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” ~Romans 8:14-17
As Christians, we spend some time with God every day. Or we try. Or we think about it, and hope that prayer works through osmosis. What we so often fail to realize is how much power and authority we have under Jesus Christ. If we did, we’d pray a whole heck of a lot more often!
In truth, we can use our prayer in mighty ways. We inherited this ability from Jesus Christ Himself; as He worked miracles on earth while He was here, so can we pray to our father and petition for the same miracles to be worked today, in Jesus’ name. It’s the same reason why my roommate’s mother was miraculously healed of her melanoma earlier this year. It’s the same reason why all miracles happen the way they do. We are children of God, and therefore heirs. From the time of our being born again, this is our birthright. We have inherited full power and authority to heal and save through our prayer, and we can claim this inheritance at any time.
I was reading a book today (on spiritual warfare actually – maybe you’ll hear about it someday soon) that took this thought even further. By this line of thinking, Satan himself can go to God and petition for the soul of a non-believer. That’s how it works. God, being just, and having given the world to Satan long ago, has to give to Satan what’s legally his. Remember what I said about being a citizen of heaven vs a citizen of the world? Anyone who is fully of the world is fair game. However, we, as heirs and co-heirs of Christ, can counter-petition it, and negate Satan’s authority over that person. We can do that, simply because we are in Christ. That’s how much power we are given in sonship – the power to refute the very devil.
I’m not saying we should all go around crying ‘demon’, and randomly trying to heal people and save them. There are times for that, if that’s where your walk leads you. However, as long as you don’t go jumping ahead of God and wait for his guidance on who to pray for and what to pray, that’s how far your power and authority extends. Or more accurately, that’s how far the name of Jesus extends. If we pray into His will, and pray in faith, and pray as His heirs, we can move mountains.
Yet, how much do we really tap into it? How much prayer and time with God is wasted over mundane things, and how many things do we put ahead of our prayer time? If God gave our prayers that much power, clearly He thinks they’re important. We should too.
So I invite you today, to dedicate this day to God. Spend the time in prayer. Pray during your commute, when you wake up, before bed; whatever time works for you, but be sure to find the time. Even if it’s just five minutes. Go through the people in your life and the roles you play in their lives. Look for areas of need and bring them to God. He will guide you further if you let Him, and you just may start to see some miracles of your own!