“Since we have this confidence, we can also have great boldness before him,
for if we present any request agreeable to his will, he will hear us.”
— 1 John 5:14
As a daughter of God, your prayers ought to be so reverently audacious that anyone hearing you would say, “Who does she think she is?”
Perhaps it’s not about who you think you are. But about who you know yourself to be.
When you pray, do you express your desires and celebrate that they are already on the way? Or do you spend another session wheeling and dealing with God, hoping He’ll finally respond?
I’ve prayed both ways, and let me tell you…
The first type of prayer… the asking followed by confident celebration… always gets more response.
You might not get the exact process or outcome you thought would be best. But you will always get what you desire, in the end, if you pray with the authority given you as God’s daughter.
Yet, even as I write this…
It breaks my heart how many beautiful Christian women tell me they do not walk in a lifestyle of answered prayer.
They say, “I’ve been asking and asking for things for years, and I’m still waiting.”
Does this sentiment sound familiar to you? Do you feel like the wait will never end?
One of the most common reasons we as women don’t walk in a lifestyle of receiving is that we are also not walking in their authority as a daughter of God. And after all, why would one expect anything from God if she isn’t fully convinced she has the authority to receive it?
One of my clients asked me about this recently. I had made the comment to her about walking “in your authority as a daughter of God.” She said to me, “I love that, but what does it really mean?”
I had to sit down and think about it fully. For me, “authority as a Daughter of God” is something I did not even know for years that I had. Once I grabbed ahold of it, my authority became such a part of my everyday life it is hard to imagine (or parse out) what not having it would look like.
After prayer and contemplation, here is what I came to:
Walking in your authority as God’s daughter is all about confident expectation.
“So then, with this amazing hope living in us,
we step out in freedom and boldness to speak the truth.”
— 2 Corinthians 3:12
Those who have authority know they can expect certain outcomes… from business, from life, and from those they work with. They especially know they can expect attention and aid from anyone who has given them that authority.
In our case… that is God.
When we approach His throne with a begging, bargaining, or groveling mentality, we are acting like an advocate-less orphan who has to have to ask relentlessly, lest cruel Uncle God withhold from her what she needs and desires.
Whereas, a daughter of God would walk (or rather dance, I’m convinced!) into the courtroom of Heaven, fully of loving reverence for Her father, but also unafraid to run up and sit beside Him and whisper all her heart in His ear. This is confident expectation based on one’s position.
Most of us didn’t have that type of relationship with our earthly parents. And even if we did, there’s something about the heavenly Father relationship that just brings out the natural tendency to hold back, to ask, to wait, and to expect to not be answered.
You have to practice authority before you will feel that you have it or see the results.
Prayer is one of the simplest and fastest ways to practice your authority as a Daughter of God.
“This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe
for whatever you ask for in prayer—
believe that you have received it
and it will be yours.”
— Mark 11:24
There was a distinctive point in my prayer journey where I simply decided to believe God. And most especially to believe that He really was speaking to me.
I decided that doubt would not be entertained, and that I would ask for everything literally with thanksgiving that it had already been done.
Suddenly, my prayers got answered quite naturally — and often, after only asking about the matter once.
It turned out that God didn’t need to hear about it all the time to finally care.
God was waiting on me to enter the zone of committed faith + confident expectation so I could freely receive a free flow of timely answers.
Even the secular community understands the power of this.
Talk to any major teacher on secular manifestation (which I believe is a “natural world” version of non-saving faith that is built into the DNA of the created world), and they will tell you that after you make your request, it is very important to speak and act as if your intention as already manifested. You can even quit asking for it… and forget about it… because you have registered your desire and must have the confidence that it will come.
Wow, if those without faith in Jesus understand this, how much more should those who have been adopted into God’s family because of Jesus?!
What might happen if you simply made all your prayers about thanking God for His attributes, His ways, His goodness, His love, and His answering of all your desires in the areas of [insert your specific desires]. You can express your desires. Absolutely! We are told to do that.
But by rejoicing over their fulfillment in prayer, you demonstrated confident expectation that God has already put your answer in motion to moment you first asked.
You might not FEEL this confident yet. But the more you pray this way the more you will feel that confidence…
And the more you will see it worked out in your life which of course leads to more confidence.
This is how you come to walk in your authority as the daughter of God: you act like it, and talk like it, and the feeling of it follows.
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing.
Be saturated in prayer throughout each day,
offering your faith-filled requests before
God with overflowing gratitude.
Tell him every detail of your life…”
— Philippians 4:6
Now, when I walk in any room I know I am the highest spiritual authority there.
I sleep easily at night knowing my needs will always be met, no matter what.
I speak with the conviction that God is going to guide my mouth.
I do not fear anyone or anything. I can honestly say that.
To be free from fear is a beautiful experience…
And one I invite you to enter into as you simply decide to believe God and behave like a woman of authority in the Kingdom.
Because let’s face it: nothing makes you more open to spiritual attack than when you slink around like an orphan.
“And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”
— Romans 8:15-17
When you act like an authority-less orphan, the devil doesn’t have to do much to you. In this estate, you have so opted-out of of your inheritance that you’re nearly bankrupt of all your intended blessings of being a daughter…. and no threat to the enemy at all.
This is not your intended portion.
Confident e xpectation in God’s love and goodness is what God desires you to bring to the table… let Him do the rest.
After all, you can have tremendous authority in life and not take advantage of it.
Your prayer life is one of the greatest signs of how well you are walking in your authority.
I have noticed over the years that the more open you are to standing in your authority and basking in God’s love, the faster you’ll receive your answers.
Are we to persevere in prayer? Yes.
But if you’re waiting years and years to see your prayers marvelously answered…
You’re either asking amiss. Or you’re asking from an orphan stance, and not from your authority as God’s daughter.
In invite you right now to a hard look at how confidently you walk in your authority as a daughter of God.
Break up with waiting and EXPECT for Him to move and act RIGHT NOW. Celebrate in prayer rather than begging.
Then get ready.
Because the woman who moves in her authority is about to upshift into a whole new dimension spiritually.
It’s a wild ride, but oh so worth it.