Often when a storm comes, we try everything we can in the natural first. I’ve done it and you’ve done it, but now let’s be done with it.
- We worry and paint the worst picture possible.
- We discuss every angle of the storm.
- We check the forecast with others who are experiencing storms.
- We imagine how bad it can get.
- We bail water so hard and fast we don’t have time to pray for listen to the Holy Spirit.
- We paddle as best as we can trying to get away from the storm.
- We move the rudder into a position that steers us away from the storm.
- We start throwing things overboard, but we are still going down.
- We might eat more chocolate or consider other ways to medicate ourselves.
- We might over sleep or over eat and loose healthy routines because of depression over the storm.
- We might attack others around through a short temper because of the storm.
- We go to the medicine cabinet and look for some soothing pills to calm us down.
Finally when all else has failed we wake up Jesus and begin to complain. Where have You been, don’t You see us, don’t You care!!!! You might approach your pastor or some spiritual friend and talk to them about how Jesus doesn’t care, and you might go into the ole’ “where is God in all of this”.
It’s very typical to want Jesus to take care of our storm for us. This perspective is not uncommon and so if you’ve felt that way don’t feel bad. We’ve been trained this way. We want Him to take away our sin desire, solve our problems, heal our bodies, give us more wealth, deliver us from addictions and bad habits, etc. We want Him to heal our communities and fix our nation. So we come with prayers of petition for problems that are under our authority to change. God has already granted us His Word and the power to change things in the name of Jesus.
I want to suggest usually these are the wrong tools for the job. Generally none of these tools alone will work to remove the storms in your life. Nor will these methods remove the mountains in your life, for Jesus told us how to remove mountains in Mark just as he showed us how to remove storms.
Mark 11: 22 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.
I would suggest that these methods of prayer are the pious methods of religion. Churches have taught us these methods. Church history has taught us these methods, not the New Testament. The religious pray this way when faced with problems because they have not been taught that they are seated in heavenly places with Christ and that all of creation is longing for the sons of God to take their rightful place of dominion with righteousness. They have not been taught that everything is under your feet when you are seated in heavenly places with Christ.
Most of Christendom is failing to teach us that we have authority and a responsibility to speak to our storms and mountains. Instead we are content to ask God to take them away and move them. I believe God is waiting for us to act in our authority as those who have been deputized to use the name of His son.
Storms and mountains are under your authority
Christ came to return dominion to mankind through salvation. Just as storms and mountains and sickness and demons were under Jesus’ authority they are under yours. God will back up and stand behind what you demand to be done when you pray according to His will. One of the meanings of the word that is interpreted “pray” in the New Testament is desire and other is require. Require holds the meaning of demand.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Ask: defined in the Strongs exhaustive concordance #154. aiteo, ahee‑teh’‑o; of uncert. der.; to ask (in gen.):‑‑ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require. Comp. G4441.