Who holds spiritual authority in the world today?
“When the books of heaven are opened and the spiritual history of the nations of the world is unfolded, it will be written for all to read that the ‘pray‑ers’— not the mayors, or kings, or Prime ministers, or presidents, or president’s men— are the real molders of events.” (Paul Billheimer, in DESTINED FOR THE THRONE)
True followers of the Messiah are a minority of the world’s population today. Yet, concerning spiritual authority, we hold the balance of power in the world’s affairs.
Do you find that hard to believe? Listen to Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:18: “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Listen to Paul: “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world…Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life.” (1 Corinthians 6:2, 3)
Our rulership over the earth will not begin we get to heaven. It is already here. Paul says in Ephesians 2:6: “God raised us up with the Messiah and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in the Messiah Jesus.” “Raised us up” and “seated us with Him” — past tense. We have already been given access to God’s throne room and have already begun our reign with Him.
How believers hold spiritual authority
And how is this rule and judgment carried out? It is through prayer. Every time we pray we have a summit meeting with the King of Kings. We have been given power of attorney.
When God’s people really pray — the world changes. When Elijah prayed he shut up the heavens for three and a half years so that not even one drop of rain was allowed to touch the earth.
Evangelist D.L. Moody says this about Elijah’s authority in prayer: “Elijah locked up heaven for three years and six months and put the key in his pocket.”
When Elijah got his orders from the throne of God to pray again, the Bible tells us that ” the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
Few of us fully appreciate the delegated power and authority we have.
Let’s not underestimate our stewardship of world affairs. Knowing this….
1. Let’s enter the throne room of the KING as often as possible
(“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace…” Hebrews 4:16)
2. Let’s engage with the world without fear, so we can pray intelligently about what is happening.
(“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4)
3. Let’s pray with the Spirit so that we pray according to God’s will and see His purposes accomplished.
(“…the Spirit…makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:27)
4. Let’s pray in unity with fellow intercessors.
“…if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)