We have authority, in both the physical and the spiritual realms because humanity was given this authority to rule the earth in the beginning and it was restored to us by the completed work of Jesus through the Power of the Holy Spirit. We pray in the authority Jesus gave us when we are in unity with God through His word. When we pray according to God’s word, we are submitting to the will of the Father. We are then in line with God’s original purpose for us in the earth and that is to reign.
Man was formed from the earth and has a natural body; he was given a spirit with the very breath of God and he has a soul that will live forever. Man is a tri-part being just as God is One in Three Persons man was made as body, soul and spirit.
Mankind has access in two realms, both the physical and the spiritual because we were created in both the natural earth with a spirit nature from God. God made mankind from the earth connecting him and causing him to be dependent on the earth. God also gave mankind a spirit connecting him to Himself. Mankind was given dominion over the earth. Everything that is happening in the earth is mankind’s responsibility even the giving away of authority and dominion to the enemy. God does not renege on His word or the contract He made with man even when mankind uses his authority for ill use. God’s word stands but God did not leave man without another option. God provided the man, Jesus to come and redeem mankind back and to give them another opportunity to have dominion over their lives, circumstances and rule in both natural and spiritual once again.
Genesis 1: 26-28 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Spirit beings, such as angels, were not given authority in the natural world they move in the spirit realm. This is why Satan had to use the serpent’s body to navigate in the earthly or natural realm. Satan came into the world illegally and he usurped mankind’s authority from him. Mankind listened to Satan rather than God and they lost their authority and dominion over the natural realm. Mankind also lost his identity, his created purpose, and his ability to be the person God made him to be. Man died spiritually that day. He was no longer the created being God made him to be.
God made a provision so that man did not have to stay in his fallen state. He provided a way for us to regain fellowship with God in our lives, to rule and once again have dominion over our circumstances. He provided Jesus, who lived a perfect life according to God’s Word and paid the sin debt mankind owed to God through their rebellion.
Jesus came into the world legally as a man, submitting Himself to all the laws of this world. As a man Jesus had the legal right to engage in the natural world. He lived without the sin of mankind because His blood was from His heavenly Father. Jesus was able to do what we could not, live a sinless life and He paid the debt for our sin. He redeemed us and placed us back into a right relationship with God. We are now part of the family of God and we received Jesus Righteousness and are loved by our Father, our God.
God will not violate His word; He gave authority over everything in the earth to mankind. God could not circumvent man’s authority because He is bound by His word. Even though it was detrimental to man and God’s created purpose for mankind. What God says, He must do. This is why Jesus had to be born in the flesh as a human to have legal right to operate in the earth.
There was enmity between man and God. God said the wages of sin is death and Jesus came to pay these wages and die for all who will accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Man has a responsibility to receive this forgiveness through the act of their will, having faith in the completed work of Christ.
When we pray we are communicating with God and we are in fellowship with our Heavenly Father. God rules the heavens, and earth He gave to man. It is man’s fellowship with God, the authority of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability and authority to intervene and become involved with the lives and matters of others. This is why we pray for others who cannot or will not pray for themselves and we ask God to help them.
When we seek God for others we are asking Him to operate on their behalf and in our lives. We have heard people say, “Why did God let that happen?” but God did not and do not do bad things to people. We live in a fallen world and the consequence of the fall is destruction. Jesus came and restored the power and authority of God back to the believers. Yet we do not use this authority because we are ignorant of God’s word, His ways and His spiritual principles operating in the earth.
2 Corinthians 5: 19-21 And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Jesus is both man and God but He limited Himself to the authority as man while he was in the earth. He used the same authority as man that we have to pray and have communion with The Father and the power of The Holy Spirit. Many people think Jesus did miracles because He was God but He operated as a man with the power of the Holy Spirit. Just as we have the same access to God our Father and the power of the Holy Spirit to perform great and mighty works. This is done through prayer (fellowship with God) and the power of the Holy Spirit. Every believer receives the Holy Spirit; He is in them and with them when they accept Jesus as their Savior.
Jesus did not do miracles because He was God and He did not use His Deity to perform miracles. Jesus operated in His humanity through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said we would do even greater things. Because Jesus paid our sin debt, sent the Holy Spirit to live in us, and He stands before the Father interceding for us. We now have the authority and ability to do greater works through faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. The greater works we are to do is to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus. We can now pray that God heal their bodies and we can tell people about the kingdom of God on earth.
John 14:12,16 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.
Prayer is not just collaboration with God but it is a privilege of communion and fellowship with God as our Father. Prayer is about relationship and union with the Creator of all things. We have access to God and can talk to Him whenever we want. In The Old Testament the priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year with a blood offering.
We can go before God anytime to fellowship and talk with Him. We bring glory to God on the earth by allowing His will to be done in and through us. Prayer is not just an activity to go to God with our wish list. It is a loving fellowship, communication with God and a great privilege just to be in His presence and to hear from Him. We are part of His great plan in the earth when we do His will. When we seek God and His kingdom it brings pleasure to Him. Just as most earthly fathers are pleased when their children honor them.