Jesus has unimpeachable authority.
The Roman government tried to intimidate him. False religion tried to silence him. The Devil tried to kill him. All failed. Even “death was no match for him” (Acts 2:24 msg).
He was not kidding when he declared, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18 niv). Jesus is the command center of the galaxies. He occupies the Oval Office. He called a coin out of the mouth of a fish. He stopped the waves with a word. He spoke, and a tree withered. He spoke again, and a basket became a banquet. Economy. Meteorology. Botany. Food supply. “All things have been handed over to me by my Father” (Matthew 11:27 nrsv).
That includes Satan. The Devil was soundly defeated by Christ on the cross. Jesus outranks him in every situation. He must obey Jesus, and he knows it. Prayers offered in the name of Jesus have “divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4 niv). Demolish! Not damage or hamper but demolish.
Satan setting up a stronghold in your life? Lift up a prayer and unleash the demolition power of Jesus.
From Max Lucado's new 365-day devotional God Is With You Every Day