It is time to steward and release God’s power, so that Father’s purposes can be accomplished—and prayer answered.
Peter Prayed First—then Released the Spirit’s Power
Peter was visiting Lydda, when he received visitors from nearby Joppa to ‘come at once.’ A beloved Christian woman named Tabitha had suffered an untimely death, and many people were grieving. Accompanying the visitors, Peter went to Joppa and was taken to the room where Tabitha lay.
Peter sent the mourners out of the room, then knelt down and prayed.
What did Peter pray? Was he petitioning God for Tabitha’s life and resurrection? Was he asking Father concerning His purpose, and how to respond?
We do not know—but what happened next was recorded for our benefit. Peter turned and commanded Tabitha to get up—and moments later the mourning had turned into celebration. (Acts 9:36-43)
Peter prayed first—and then, he released God’s power with a word of command.
An Intimate Relationship with Father Precedes Power
‘…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.’ (Acts 10:38)
The power of God expressed through Jesus was not a mysterious ‘force’. It resided with the Person of the Holy Spirit who was within and upon Him—and so it is for us today. (Luke 4:18, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8)
As Jesus went about, He released the power of the Holy Spirit through speaking bold words of command, and imparting the touch of life that worked miracles and set people free.
Interestingly, many times Jesus did not appear to take time to pray on the scene, He simply released the Spirit’s power for God’s purpose in the moment. The times that He did pray were in part so that those observing would make the connection between the Father’s loving purpose and the miracle. (John 11:41-43, Matt 14:19)
Does this mean that Jesus’ ministry of healing, deliverance and miracles was not related to prayer? No! Jesus made it clear that everything He did came out of His prayer life, and His intimate relationship with His Father. Referring to His miracles, Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
Through prayer, just as Jesus did, we develop an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father, make requests of God, and discover His purpose. We receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. (Eph 5:18b) But let’s not stop there. Lets team up prayer with bold words and acts of love and faith that release the power of the Spirit into situations and people’s lives.
Prayer Precedes Power
The disciples could not free a young boy from severe demonic oppression, and Jesus rebuked them for their lack of faith. When they asked Him privately why they did not have the power to cast out the demon, Jesus said, ‘This kind only comes out with prayer.’ (Mark 9:14-29, some manuscripts also add ‘and fasting.’)
Jesus was referring to having a lifestyle of prayer, as well as specific prayer relating to a situation. He had just demonstrated this. Jesus was already prepared, had already spent time with His Father, and was certain of God’s purpose. With a single faith-filled word of command, the evil spirit had to go.
We are God’s royal sons and daughters and His representatives on earth. He has given us authority to enforce His will and release His power, in Jesus Name. We cannot use this God-given authority to release His power into situations unless we have first taken time to pray, petition and discover what is on His heart. However, to only pray is to limit the Spirit’s Presence with us.
The Greek word for ‘Authority’, exousia, describes the God-given right that we have to use and administer His power. We are stewards of God’s power, as God’s Holy Spirit resides within us.
Pray, Then Release God’s Power
Those of us who long to see God’s healing power released through us can be inspired to create a strong foundation of prayer and intimacy with God. It is interesting that Jesus did not tell His disciples to go and pray for the sick, but to heal the sick—to release the Spirit’s healing power as they shared the Gospel. (Matt 10:8)
Those of us who are intercessors can be intentional about releasing God’s power into the people and situations we are praying for. This means taking time firstly to pray, petition and listen. We can then enforce and release Father’s purpose through faith-filled declarations, commands and praise.
‘For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power (dunamis).’ (1 Cor 4:20)
The word used for ‘power’ is dunamis. Our English has taken the Greek as a root for words related to power such as ‘dynamite.’ This provides us with a helpful analogy.
When we pray, it is like laying the dynamite in advance, ahead of time. The power of the Spirit is ready to be released, but not yet activated. Then when in obedience to God we proclaim, or go, or speak, or offer prayer, it is like lighting the fuse. God’s power is unleashed, the works of darkness come crashing down, and Father’s purpose is accomplished.
Can you think of some more Biblical insights related to the relationship between prayer and releasing the power of God? Do you have a testimony to share? Leave a comment in the comments box. If the comments section is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
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