Mountain Moving Prayer (Pt 3)- The Command of Faith

There comes a time in our life of intercession when the command of faith (a.k.a. authoritative prayer) is the best option. Instead of addressing God about a particular situation or obstacle, we (BY HIS AUTHORITY) address the situation or obstacle directly.

Jesus utilized the command of faith on numerous occasions during His earthly ministry. To the paralytic who was lowered through the roof by his faithful friends, He said, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home” (Mark 2:11). “Be clean!” he commanded a man with leprosy (Matthew 8:3). “Quiet! Be still!” Jesus ordered the waves (Mark 4:39). He put His fingers into a deaf man’s ears and said, “Be opened!” (Mark 7:34). To His friend Lazarus, who had been dead four days, Jesus shouted “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43). Obviously, in each case, His desired result came about.

“That happened because it was Jesus, and that’s God you’re talking about,” someone might say. If you’re thinking along those lines, consider Moses as he led the children of Israel out of Egypt. When they came to a place with no water and the people complained to him, he took the matter to God, the One who sent him to a rock with these instructions, “Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink” (Exodus 17:6). Moses complied and the water came forth.

Later in their journey, the people found themselves in that same situation again. This time God said, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to the rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water” (Numbers 20:8). God put Moses in such a privileged position that all he had to do was address the rock and water would flow. Moses chose instead to strike the rock again, twice this time. Water came, but God was displeased that Moses failed to follow His instructions. Because Moses didn’t trust and honor God, he was denied the opportunity to lead the people into the Promised Land.  

Elijah, the prayer warrior, also practiced the command of faith. Twice, to separate captains of Israel’s King Ahaz, he said, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men” (2 Kings 1:10,12). On both occasions, God sent fire from heaven to consume the soldiers.

After the resurrection, the apostles implemented the command of faith. Peter commanded a crippled beggar at the temple gate, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6). He then helped him up, and the man’s feet and ankles were healed. Later, in Lydda, he said to a paralytic named Aeneas who had been bedridden for eight years, “‘Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat.’ Immediately Aeneas got up” (Acts 8:34). Soon thereafter, just down the road in Joppa, Peter paired prayer with the command of faith, ordering a widow who had just died, “‘Tabitha get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up” (Acts 9:40).

During his first missionary journey, Paul commanded a man crippled from birth “Stand up on your feet!” (Acts 14:10). The man jumped up and walked. When he encountered a demon possessed fortune teller in Philippi on his second missionary journey, he spoke directly to the evil spirit tormenting the girl, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her” (Acts 16:18). Immediately, the demon left her.

Soon after his confession of Christ at Caesarea Philippi, Peter rebuked Jesus for discussing His impending death and resurrection. Discerning who was behind Peter’s reproach, the Lord responded, “Get behind me, Satan! You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men” (Mark 8:33).

Some believers couldn’t fathom addressing the devil or his demons in such a way. I heard a well-meaning preacher recently say promoting this is false teaching. And while I admit it is ground you must tread very carefully, I nevertheless believe times arise when it’s absolutely appropriate. As one proponent explained, “The command of faith is an element of offensive prayer warfare as you invade Satan’s territory, attack Satan’s roadblocks, or confront satanic resistance.”

Implement the command of faith and discover the unsearchable things that await!

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