The Authority to Receive In Prayer


At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” (John 16:23-24).

Many people know about praying to God, but not many know about praying to the Father. Infact you can tell when a person is praying to God as “God” or as  “Father God”.  What is the difference?  The difference is that, yes, they are both praying to God. But the first person in my illustration is dealing with God as the creator of the universe, whilst the second person is dealing God on the  basis of  Father and Child relationship. In essence, the difference is Relationship. Receiving from God in prayer boils down to relationship.

The first person is trying to get God to do something, the other one is Receiving what has already been given by Jesus. Which is,  the Authority to use His Name to receive from God!  But then, the  authority and the confidence to use the Name of Jesus comes from having a personal relationship with Him. It is the Lord Jesus Christ who represents us before the Father when we pray and releases His Fathers blessings into our lives. (Hebrews 4:14-16). Praying Bible promises without having a relationship with Jesus is like trying to use a stolen credit card. It won’t work!

However having said that, the good news is that, the door is widely open for as many as desire to come into that relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. So my friend if you don’t know Him or you are not sure about your relationship with the Lord. All you need to do is, to tell Jesus from your heart you want to know Him personally and grow daily in your relationship with Him. Your Heavenly Father loves you  and  He is waiting for you to come and take your place in His Kingdom. What a privilege to be a joint heir with Jesus Christ! (Romans 8:17).

Prayer Confession: Heavenly Father thank you for opening the way for me to have a relationship with you through the cross of Jesus Christ. Forgive me of my sins wash me with the Blood of Jesus. I receive your justification by faith. Thank you for the privilege and the authority invested in me to use the wonderful Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit I shall fulfill the will of the Lord in my life. I will grow in grace and in deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ daily. I  will use the name of Jesus to release the will and the  blessings of Christ in the heavenly places into my life and family, work place, community and in the nations. I am a bearer of Good News, Anointed to bring Hope to the hopeless, Liberty to the captives, Joy to the mourning, Light to those in darkness and Salt of the Earth. I am truly blessed indeed! Thank you Lord! In jesus name. Amen!

Reflection:“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).


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