Great faith, the kind that speaks the word only, is associated with understanding authority. The authority in your spoken words is only as great as your submission to the authorities over you. Remember James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” If you’re not submitted, the devil is under no obligation to flee. He flees because of the authority you’re under, the power that stands behind you.
Authority ends where responsibility ends. Authority and submission impact our faith life. Being aware of how the flow of authority works will help you understand why some prayers go unanswered. Being in proper relationship to God-ordained authority puts us in a position to receive His benefits. It’s important to have submitted, covenant relationships with people of faith who know how to pray. It gives them responsibility, and therefore greater authority, to pray for you.
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