But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
– Matthew 12:28-29 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
Jesus explicitly taught his disciples that they needed to possess spiritual authority before they could accomplish anything in the natural world. The same is true today. We lack power because we are not praying. We become fatigued and experience setbacks because we have not tied up the strong man in the spiritual realm. We will experience more fruit in our lives when we see prayer in the same way that Jesus saw it. There is no way around it.