Updated: Nov 22
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Finding an understanding of God's authority in our lives
"And they came again to Jerusalem: while he was walking in the Temple, there came to him the chief priests, the scribes, and those in authority. And they said to him, By what authority do you do these things? or who gave you authority to do these things? And Jesus said to them, I will put to you one question; give me an answer, and I will say by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? give me an answer. And they gave thought to it among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did you not have faith in him? But if we say, From men--they were in fear of the people, because all took John to be truly a prophet. And they said in answer to Jesus, We have no idea. And Jesus said to them, And I will not say to you by what authority I do these things. (Mark 11.27-33 Bible in Basic English (BBE))"
As humans, most of us question God's authority many times in our lives. We often choose convenience, impatience, or pride over God's authority. You might be thinking, no, I have never done that. Have you ever doubted that your prayers will be rewarded? Have you prayed but sincerely felt there would be no delivery of your ask? That your request was hopeless, too little, or too big?
Could this be a sign of questioning God's authority and ability to rule over all and deliver whatever you need? First, consider praying with sincerity for forgiveness. Allow yourself God's blessed grace of forgiveness. Accept this gift into your heart. Recognize that only the Lord can grant you freedom. Feel the healing of your repentance and recognize the authority you give God in your life. Repentance heals and opens a doorway to God. Repentance is acceptance of God's authority in your life.
Following that, pray for what you need, others' needs, and all that is in your heart. Ask and know you will receive. Remember with trust that you may not recognize the answer to your prayers, but know they will be answered. It will be granted. God hears you and delivers.
Father, I grant you complete authority over my life. You are the only one who can help me fulfill my destiny and bring my prayers to life as they should be. It is your gift to me and all humanity, and I gratefully accept your fulfillment of my prayers in whatever form they take.
I stand in wonder at how miraculous you are. It is no wonder that you are the authority on all things. After all, you created all I will ever know and what I cannot see with my eyes. Yet I know it is there, and you made it. Your mystery is awe-inspiring, and your authority is welcomed. So guide my footsteps as I follow as quickly as I can.
Blessed are you, my Lord and Father. Blessed am I for the gift of your authority and your Son, Jesus Christ, my savior. Amen.
a tangle originated by Cindy Rae Fancher, CZT
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