Let me thank God for waking us up this morning and for watching us throughout the night. Now we are awake and see the light we can say that God has kept us and given us another day to experience the surroundings. Through all the changing scenes of life, only in troubles and in joy. Let us sing the praises of our God this morning and lift up His Holy Name.
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. — Matthew 28:18
My brothers and sisters in the Lord this is a very important moment to shine and declare the Glory of the Lord.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. — James 5:16
Why do we pray, “in Jesus’ Name”?
The phrase gets tacked onto the end of many prayers, but I think it has about as much meaning to us as “amen.” Amen does not mean, “That’s it . . . I’m done now,” the little word at the end of my prayer. Amen means Power and authority is established. It is a pronouncement, firm and authoritative: “Yes! So be it! Let this be done!” Amen is a declaration; in that sense it is like a command. Or it once was; now it has the emotional force of “TTYL” at the end of a phone call. Regardless of the interpretation you put to it, it will not change the authority nor the power of the word. “In Jesus’ name” is even more of a command—far, far more declarative and final, like the drop of a judge’s gavel. We are using the authority of the ruler of all galaxies and realms to enforce the power of what we have just prayed. We have been exploring the way things work in effective prayer; as we look deeper into the spiritual realm, we discover that the whole thing runs on authority. It is the secret to the kingdom of God, and one of the essential secrets to prayer that works.
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” — Matthew 8:5–10
I’m guessing it took something pretty remarkable to “astonish” Jesus (he was astonished). Did you notice what it was? The centurion understood authority. When you have authority and know what you are about, people will listen and act. Even the devil recognized that authority in the presence of Jesus and we have the same commission. I am not sure of the authority and how it affects any individual. However, if you received it according to Matthew 28 then there is power in that authority.
Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed! I know, because I am under the authority of my superior officers and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, “Go,” and they go, or “Come,” and they come. — Matthew 8:8–9 All this man wanted to hear was the Authority in the words of Jesus. Many people speak but that authority is embedded in the words. You don’t have to demand anything just live it and the results will follow.
Remember—there is a way things work. If you run your hand along the grain of a 2×4, you’ll get a splinter. If you approach an elk upwind, you’ll spook him. If you turn a canoe sideways in the current, you’ll flip it. There is a way things work in the physical realm and we must learn to live with it; reality is one of the great tools of God to grow people up. (And he is deeply committed to growing us all up! Don’t forget that.) Children learn all the hard ways; the scraped knees, the burnt fingers. Wisdom is largely cultivated on encountering the laws of the physical world and adjusting our lives to accommodate. Better still, we learn to use those laws to our advantage—we cook with that heat; we build with that lumber.
The same holds true in the spiritual realm—there is a way things work. Like the children in a fairy tale, we have been thrust into a collision of kingdoms. Kingdoms are realms that are governed by a ruler (the king), and they operate on the basis of authority. Back in the story of Daniel and his three-week fast, the angel finally showed up and explained he would have been there sooner but he was blocked by the territorial spirit that held sway over the Persian kingdom. He eventually got through, but did you notice how? He brought in a higher-ranking angel: “The prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come . . .” — Daniel 10:13–14 What I want to tell you this morning is that you are never alone … It takes more than you to conquer. When the angel was coming the leaders of the kingdom of Persia blocked him (the messenger to Daniel) and were trying to “overthrow” him but hallelujah there is back up waiting just a request away. Look and see what happen when the great Archangel Michael shows up. (Be careful, for the Ancestral World is watching)
The messenger got through the blockade because the mighty Archangel Michael came and used his greater authority (and no doubt power). That is what we are doing when we use Jesus’ Name, we are using his authority. A quick overview might help bring clarity: God made the earth. He then gave it to Adam and Eve, along with authority to govern it: The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man. —Psalm 115:16 The first man and woman—lord and lady of this earthly kingdom—forfeited their authority through their disobedience. That is how Satan became “the prince of this world” (John 14:30). When the evil one slithered up to Jesus in the wilderness and tried to tempt him out of the cross, he offered him the kingdoms of this world, as if they were his to give: The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” — Luke 4:5–7 Those who are fighting for power and authority think again, because they come with a price. First they are not for you because they have ownership already. Secondly, we are seeking a city whose builder and maker is Christ the Lord and there is no need of any light, for the Lord is the Light thereof.
It was his to offer because we turned it over to him at the fall of man. “Prince” of this world means ruler of this world. And he has brought ruin and devastation through his malevolent reign, as Stalin did, as Herod did. When an evil ruler comes into power, it allows evil into the kingdom. I tell you that the wrong person elected to be the next President in 2017; we could see demons rushing into the White House from all directions. Then you will see Authority shifted into darkness. We the people must seek proper guidance in the selection process. However, all these things are ordained of the Lord and nothing will block the will and plan of God.
So today I pray that as we seek position and power we will also seek the face of Almighty God. He is our Strong Deliverer and He will lead us in the paths of righteousness to the very end. Do not be like the rulers that tried to block the angel going to David, but rather give attention and let the Lord have His way. I pray God’s blessings on you and that you will continue to lift up His Holy Name. Remember this season of Lent and walk within your vocation. God bless us all.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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