Authority in Words
John 14:10 “The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” Yesterday my mother invited an anointed pastor to come over to Eden House, a prayer space/mini-church that she set up some years back. We worshipped together, he shared a short sermon, and then he prayed over me (with some incredibly accurate words of knowledge) and laid hands on my dad. I felt something shift in the atmosphere as he prayed for supernatural healing. Several times throughout the hour or so we were together, he said something to the effect of “it’s not me who heals, it’s Jesus,” or “these aren’t my prophetic words, I’m only relaying what God is speaking.” It’s no coincidence that today’s One Campaign reading comes from John 14:10 where Jesus says the same thing. Even Jesus, who is the son of God… the savior of the world… the word became flesh… even He claims power only by humbling himself to the authority of his Father in heaven. How much more so for us mere mortals? And yet on sales pitches and clubhouse rooms and I often find myself practicing the art of persuasion in my own strength. Lord, help me to remember internally and declare externally that I do not speak on my own authority. My words can have power only when I realize my lack of power necessitates desperation for you. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.