PRAYING BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE WORD
And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all (Acts 3:16).
Another very important element in prayer is praying by the authority of the Word of God. This refers to the revelation and insight given to us by God through His Word. It means acting our faith in prayer, on the basis of the Word of God; if God’s Word covers it, then we’re audacious in faith to receive answers.
1 John 5:14-15 says “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” When we pray according to His will—according to His Word—we’re heard and we’re answered. This is a very important factor for us to learn about prayer.
Some people, while praying, just talk, and don’t care whether or not what they’re saying is in line with the Word of God. For example, if you said to me, “Give me such and such,” you’ve made a request without being sure whether I’m going to give it to you. However, if I made a promise to give it to you, you’ll have faith to make that request. God already gave His Word, to show us everything that He’s given to us, everything that He’s made us, and everything that we can do in Christ Jesus.
Moreover, He has also revealed to us how to ask; how to pray and what our requests can cover. Therefore, you can have faith when you pray to God, and your faith grows as you learn the Word of God. The more of God’s Word you know, the more faith you’ll have. Romans 10:17 says “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”