“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Who is Jesus?
If we are to live through the authority we have in Jesus then we first need to understand who Jesus is and who we are in relation to Him. In Matthew 16:16 Jesus asked the disciples ‘Who do people say that I am?’ Peter answers: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Knowing this, deep within our spirits, gives us confidence that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, the promised Messiah and the anointed one.
What a wonderful revelation; to know that when we pray ‘in the name of Jesus’ we are praying in the authority of the Son of God, the promised Messiah and the anointed one whose anointing breaks every yoke of the enemy.
It is even great to know that, through Jesus, we are now joint heirs with Him, as we have been adopted into God’s family. We are the sons and daughters of God; our elder brother Jesus is the one in whose name we pray.
Philippians 2:9-11 says it well when it tells us that Jesus is the ‘name that is above every name’ and that ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.’
As we come before God in prayer it is good to know that:
- The source of our authority is in Jesus
- The strength of our authority is in Jesus
- The supernatural advantage we have is through authority in Jesus.
When we pray let’s remember the words of Matthew 16:19 which tells us that God has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven, with the verse going on to tell us that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
When we have a revelation of the source, strength and supernatural power we have when we pray in the name of Jesus we will:
1. Pray bigger prayers and pray with greater confidence.
2. Walk with a newfound sense of expectancy, believing that with God, all things are possible.
3. Lead with fresh vision, fuelled by hearts ignited with fresh fire.
Next time the enemy tries to tell you that you are not able, or that the task is too great, rise up in the authority of Jesus, declaring His name, and declaring Colossians 2:15 which reminds us that Jesus has disarmed the powers and authorities and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross!
Father, we come to You in the name of Jesus, believing that through Jesus we have authority over every work of the enemy. We thank You that the enemy is defeated and we work in the victory of Calvary. In Jesus’ name, Amen.