Understanding Our God-Given Authority
SHOULD WE DECLARE/COMMAND HEALING OR ASK FOR IT?
When praying for healing, what is the basis for COMMANDING in Jesus name versus ASKING in Jesus name for healing?
On the face of it there isn’t much difference between:
1) COMMANDING healing in the name of Jesus
2) ASKING God if He will heal in Jesus name
However, though the difference looks subtle there is a vast difference between these TWO ACTS OF FAITH
A. The FIRST is a statement based on OUR God-given spiritual authority over the power of the enemy (in this case sickness and infirmity).
B. The SECOND statement is based on the teaching of Jesus that if we ask Father God for anything ‘in Jesus name’ that He will grant it.
SO The question is–when should we COMMAND and when should we ASK?
UNDERSTANDING OUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY
In order to know when we should use the COMMAND ‘in Jesus name’ and when we should ASK the Father ‘in Jesus name’ we need to understand about our spiritual authority.
Let’s take a look at how the early believers used their God-given authority:
When Peter and John saw a lame man begging at the temple gate, the man got more than he was expecting:
Acts 3: 6-8
C. (Peter did not ASK God to heal the man in Jesus name, he COMMANDED the lame man to walk in Jesus name.).
D. He did this because that is exactly how Jesus had TAUGHT His followers to heal the sick:
E. Jesus did not send them to ‘PRAY FOR THE SICK’ but to ‘HEAL THE SICK– that was the assignment.
How were they to do it?
By the power and authority He had given them.
This was a transaction which delegated authority from the one sending to the one who was sent.
When we operate in authority, we are answering this command and taking responsibility to make sure the job gets done on behalf of the one sending us.
Jesus gave US (THE CHURCH) AUTHORITY, POWER, and ABILITY) but it IS up to US to use it.
In the same way, it is up to us whether or not we want to take the gift of this authority and use it – God won’t force us to use our spiritual authority.
THIS was not a request to God but the command directed at the evil spirit in the name of Jesus.
F. Nowhere in the New Testament do we see an example of the CHURCH asking God to bring healing or deliverance in Jesus name.
G. To worship and pray to God in the name of Jesus is appropriate in ALL circumstances (for example we are told to give thanks in everything in the name of Jesus – Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17) but it is not a Biblical model for ministering HEALING and DELIVERANCE to the sick and demonized.
Why is this? Because the GOSPEL plainly speaks that sickness and tormenting spirits are the work of the devil.
We are told that Jesus went around “healing all who were under the power of the devil
Acts 10: 38
H. We don’t need to ask God if we can destroy the devil’s work because we already have his wholehearted permission – more than that, we have his command and authority to do so.
Using a command of authority in Jesus name is not our arrogance or ‘stealing God’s glory’ because, as Peter pointed out after he healed the lame man:
I. It was the power of God that healed the man but it was released through the authority that Peter had been given – it was Peter who stepped out in faith and lifted the lame man to his feet-
BUT…. it was the POWER of God RELEASED through that act of AUTHORITY/OBEDIENCE that healed him.
J. THE AUTHORITY of Jesus was based on OBEDIENCE to His Father – we only move in authority to the extent that we OBEDIENT to Him too.
Luke 10:1; 17-20
1 COR 2:4
OUR authority doesn’t come by having self-confidence or saying the right words.
This obedience comes from a living relationship with God through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit – it flows out of a lifestyle of worship.
So, can any of US (IN CHRIST) use the name of Jesus with authority against sickness and demons or do WE have to attain a certain level of maturity?
Well, all I can say is that I’ve seen little children command healing and seen the most incredible miracles take place.
Since we are a WORSHIPPER and FOLLOWER of Jesus, the next time WE are praying for God to heal someone, why not try speaking to the sickness with THE AUTHORITY that GOD has given to US?
Say out loud, “I command this sickness to go and wholeness to come in the name of Jesus, the one I serve”
...and see what God will do through you today.