Read: Ephesians 1:18-22
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.”
When we say that spiritual submission and authority lie at the very heart of all of God’s creative order, it may appear we are overstating the truth. But if we read Ephesians 1:18-22 we can see that Paul was praying for revelation, supernatural insight for the people of God to see that the greatness of God’s power raised Jesus from the dead and then established Him in a place of authority over every created thing. He is now literally, “Far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.”
And that the Father has put “ALL THINGS” under the authority of Jesus! Wow, what a colossal statement! All things in this world and in the next are set under the authority of Jesus. No wonder submission and authority are such huge issues when it comes to warfare prayer.
You see my friend, hell wants you and I to believe that we can sit in the seat of authority; that we can rule over and control our lives. This is called rebellion and it is at the heart of all Satan does. Satan’s nature is rebellious and his weapon of choice for humans is rebellion.
The very reason we have a spiritual enemy, Satan, is due to the reality that he couldn’t stay in order or as we say at our church, on his number. Isaiah 14:12-15 tells us the story of Lucifer’s fall from heaven;
“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. 13 For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. 14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ 15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.”
When Satan declared, “I will ascend” literally I will rise up, move off, change the order, he impacted all of God’s creative order. Satan’s decision was huge and so very destructive in both the heavenly realm and on earth. His decision still impacts each of us today. His rebellion often feeds my rebellion. His disorder impacts both our world and our lives in such catastrophic ways, the cost in human hearts that have been torn and destroyed is incalculable.
Everything about spiritual warfare rises and falls on submission and authority. James 4:7 tells us, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Submission to God is the first step in spiritual warfare prayer, without it there is no power and no possibility to intercede for others.
Father, each time I am tempted to take control please remind me of what my rebellion does to myself and those around me.