Removing a storm will serve as an example to using the type of prayer I’m referring to. This and other examples will help us see this kind of prayer is used in more than just the casting out of demons. Mark records the incident.
Mark 4:35-41 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Do you see here how Jesus deals with the storm? Remember this was Jesus the man, not Jesus as God. It says that He rose up and confronted the storm and then spoke to it and commanded peace and calm to come.
How do you deal with the storms in your life? Don’t you know that the wind and the sea are to obey you too!
Have you ever wasted time moaning and crying?
Do you look for others who you can tell about how great the storm is?
Do you worry and become filled with fear as you imagine the worst?
Do you focus on the storm and how bad it is?
In a metaphor this story could illustrate your struggles in life; the stormy water in your circumstances, the destination of your destiny, all the while Jesus is in our boat.
What do I mean that Jesus is in your boat? I mean that you are in covenant with God through Him.
- He ever lives to help you and represent you.
Hebrews 7: 25 Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
- You are covered with His righteousness.
II Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
- He’ll never leave you or forsake you.
Hebrews 13: 5 Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” 6 so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT SHALL MAN DO TO ME?”
- Through Him you’ve been made an heir of God.
Romans 8: 16,17 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
- The same power, privilege and inheritance that belongs to Jesus is yours too.
Ephesians 1: 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace…
- God raised Jesus up and gave to Him the name of all authority, above all other names.
Philippians 2: 9-11 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- You have His power and authority, and He is with you in the midst of your circumstances and need.
Matthew 16: 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The question is what are we doing with the authority of His presence?