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Praying with Authority

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Think about all the scriptural promises God has given about answered prayer. How many do we claim on a daily basis? Too often, we choose instead to complain about our needs and problems. We tiptoe around the throne room of God, afraid to ask for what is really on our heart.

God doesn’t want us to go through life with fear and doubt, wondering if He’ll respond to our requests. He has given us a spirit of power, not one of timidity (2 Tim. 1:7). Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Because we belong to Christ, we can pray with authority and trust that the Father will answer our prayers. We will never accomplish what God wants us to do––such as live holy lives or spread the gospel––until we put our confidence in Him.

Our authority as children of God doesn’t give us license to make demands of Him. We must approach the throne of grace boldly, but with a deep sense of humility. A humble person knows that he or she cannot tell the Lord what to do. We can simply cry out for Him to intervene, knowing that He has given us the privilege to do so.

If we are to participate with God in accomplishing His purposes on earth, praying with authority is essential. There are five prerequisites for approaching the Lord in this manner:

1) Salvation. We must have a genuine personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus. Since our authority is based on our adoption into His family, we must be born again (John 3:5).

2) The mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:11-12). The Bible shows us divine thoughts expressed in human vocabulary. The more we saturate our minds with Scripture, the more God’s mind will become ours. In His Word, we can find basic principles for handling any circumstance we face.

As a result, it becomes easier for us to know His will and have confidence that He is on our side. If we are praying in agreement with God about something, we also know it is just a matter of time until He answers.

It’s also a good idea to look for a prayer recorded in Scripture that is appropriate for your particular situation. Notice how the Lord answered that prayer in the life of the one who prayed it. Now, put it in your own words, and remember that the same God who met needs in Bible times is able to meet your needs too.

3) Pure hearts. This means we must confess and repent of any known sin. God will not trust His power to anyone who isn’t submitted to His purpose. Sin will render our prayers ineffective.

Often, Satan will try to use sin against us when we pray. He wants us to feel guilty and unworthy. But it’s the righteousness of Christ that allows us access to the Father—a gift of God on the basis of faith (Phil. 3:9). So once sin has been properly dealt with, we should stop dwelling on it.

4) Pure motives. We must know in our hearts that we’re praying according to God’s will—not merely justifying our own selfish desires by an inappropriate use of Scripture.

However, not every personal request is selfish. The key is committing our lives to God before we start praying. When the Father knows we desire His will more than the object of our request, He can trust us with His power.

5) Persistent confidence. Many times we pray fervently for a while but then lose interest and say, “Well, I guess it wasn’t God’s will.” But if we’re called to petition the Father with authority, we must lay aside excuses and continue until we see victory.

Praying with confidence is a matter of claiming that which Jesus has already bought and paid for at Calvary. When we intercede with God-given authority, we will see our prayers become the powerful tools they were meant to be. Our lives and the lives of those around us will be changed. His authority has been promised. Now it’s up to us to take hold of what’s already been given. What will you do?

Adapted from “Handle with Prayer” (1992).


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  • December 21, 2011 08:00 AM


    thanks for this, v v helpful
  • December 03, 2011 07:50 AM


    Sir ,Man of God i love you and God bless you always,You have a difffernce in my prayer life,i thank God 4 U.
  • November 26, 2011 11:50 AM


    Awesome, I need to pray with more confidence.
  • November 11, 2011 01:24 PM


    God bless Charles Stanley, for he truely is.
  • October 31, 2011 08:57 PM


    thank you. this is so encouraging.
  • October 26, 2011 02:04 PM


    selfish and manipulative prayers do not get answered. only praying for the knowledge of his will gets answered.
  • October 23, 2011 08:33 AM


    this is a powerful revelation to me i haven't thoutht about. now i will pray differently
  • September 17, 2011 11:26 AM


    thank you for message of faith .i,thank god for his guideing light on earth though minitries such as intouch thank you againg god bless,
  • August 10, 2011 10:07 PM


    I didn't know before that I have God - given authority to pray with power. I always approach prayer with guilt for minor unchristian conduct and feel guilty about it. Clouds my power to pray and intercede.
  • August 10, 2011 06:37 AM


    I truly thank God for the word.
  • July 24, 2011 10:40 PM


    How do you make a covenant with God
  • July 24, 2011 09:50 PM


    Praying with Authority by Dr. C. Stanley is a very powerful message. Oh, Doctor Stanley knows just how to hit the nail on the head. He is a man of God, and may the good Lord give him long life and strenght to continue spreading the word of God through out the world. I am from the Caribbean (St. Vincent)
  • July 21, 2011 12:05 PM


    I needed to read this articles. It spoke to my heart because I am seeking God's guidance through prayer for starting an education services for students and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • July 20, 2011 11:39 PM


    I pray for others and that some people will come to christ. I sometimes pray for myself not to be tempted by the devil. When I sin I repent. Then ask God to help me in what ever i am doing.
  • July 20, 2011 11:26 PM


    I am gonna keep praying to God for my son with confidence in Him.
    I have confidence in Him. He is gonna guide him to the best way.
  • July 20, 2011 01:23 PM


    Hello Dr.Stanley,
    My name is Janice, from Trinidad I watch your programme on TBN on Saturday
    evening at 8.00pm. I am always blessed by your ministry as a teacher of the word
    you are doing a great work for the lord my you continue to grow & strength others.
    God bless you as you continue to work for the Lord.
  • July 12, 2011 03:19 PM


    Thank God for Jesus! For He has given us the authority in His name through His Word and the Holy Spirit to receive answers to our prayers. This study session was a blessing of encouragement for my prayer life. The Word of God is the will of God for every true believer in Christ. To God be the glory!!!!!!!! I thank God for you Rev. Stanley and pray that He add many more years to your life and keep your mind strong for the teaching of His divine Word.
  • July 06, 2011 08:17 AM


    Dr. Stanley i often wonder about praying according to God's will and praying selfishly please explain with scripture verses. thank you
  • July 06, 2011 08:03 AM


    My thought for the day will be to petition with authority and continue until I see victory. Harold Hoppers
  • July 05, 2011 12:43 PM


    This article really teach me how to have a right attitude when praying
  • July 04, 2011 06:27 PM


    I have listened to you for many years and have been so encouraged by your sermons. God bless you for your great lessons. I attend Green Lawn Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas and often watched your program on tv before going to church on Sundays and frequently listen to you on Christian radio in Lubbock. I also enjoy your daily devotional. In Christian love, Sammie Mitchell
  • July 04, 2011 04:45 PM


    I just love reading materials. I have been truly blessed. Thank you so much! God bless your staff and their families
  • July 03, 2011 11:53 AM


    Our God is an awesome God. Thank you for your wonderful teachings. God bless you.
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  • September 13, 2010 04:51 PM


    What a powerful message, thank you so much for more the "Word" of God, so clear, and I will pray until I see victory.

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