To understand our spiritual initiative, we will first look at the distinction between John 14:13-14 and John 16:23-24
Another significant fact is that the word “faith” or “believe” do not occur in the above scriptures from the gospel of John. It is evident that the believer had a legal right to the use of the Name, and it was not a problem of faith, but of obedience to use the ability that God had given.
The hindrance to our spiritual initiative in prayer comes from disobedience or ignorance. Whichever, it comes from neglect of reading and feeding on the Word, evidence of a low type of spiritual fellowship. It is the personal study of the Word that counts.
When we neglect study of the Word, the senses gain the ascendancy. When spiritual things take second place, the realities of the divine things lose out, and sense knowledge slowly but surely gains the mastery. It dominates at the crossroads where it is necessary that we have keen spiritual discernment. We lose that holy fearlessness. The heart does not say, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me today.”
Neglect of daily reading of the Word results in the great truths of Scripture being held as doctrines, rather than as reality. The opinions of men (doctors, for instance) are put above the Word of God. Out of this grows an “inferiority complex” in the spiritual realm.
At this point, you are in danger. The body becomes helpless, the mind is under the dominion of an outside power, and you are in a dangerous condition.
The cure is going to the Word again, giving yourself over to it, resolutely taking your place in Christ and in the family of Father-God. Refuse to give up your confession.
Realize that with spiritual knowledge comes responsibility. You cannot be the same kind of Christian that you have been in the past.
You have caught a glimpse of what you might do if you dared to use the authority that is now your own, because the moment that you are born again, re-created, that Name is yours to use, it gives you an opportunity to help those about you.
All around are sick and needy ones who could be helped through that Name. There are those bound by habits or demonic power, whom Satan rules with a merciless hand, who could be set free if you will take your place of authority and legal right to use that Name.
In Jesus’ Name!