In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23-24
When we see the flashing lights of a police car behind us and pull over to the side of the road and await the officer approaching the car to ask for our licence and registration, we comply because we know that the officer has the authority to do that. The officer cannot do that when they are off duty and driving their own car. They can only stop us because of the authority of the badge which they carry.
In a similar manner we carry a badge of authority in prayer, because we belong to Jesus. We carry his badge, his authority. As we accept Jesus as Lord we are adopted by the Father, through the justifying work of the Spirit who allows us to cry out “Abba Father” (Rom 8:15 and Gal 4:6). As adopted children of God we can come to him at any time. I came across a quote from Tim Keller which expressed this beautifully…
“The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 am for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.”
With such access we can come before the Lord at any time. We can approach God’s throne with confidence because we have the authority of his children (Heb 4:16). We have authority of access and we have authority of request.
When we come to the father in the name of Jesus, we are promised by Christ that “my father will give you whatever you ask in my name’ (John 16:23). Our requests are heard through Jesus and the father will respond to those prayers.
Christ’s work of redemption allows the reconciliation of humanity with God. The relationship which Adam had with the Father is being redeemed and so too is the task God gave to Adam. Adam had dominion in Eden, he had authority and was a co-labourer with God. God invites us today into that place of domination and authority as through the Holy Spirit we are invited to join in the work the Father is doing just as Jesus did (john 5:19). One of the ways we can join in that work is by praying.
When we pray in the authority of our position in Christ and pray into God’s will in the name and authority of Jesus then our prayers become powerful ad effective. It’s time to pray in authority.