One of the most powerful weapons we have at our disposal is an understanding of the covenant we now have with Almighty God.
The Scripture quoted earlier from Revelation 12:11 says that someone who has lost their life to Christ overcomes the evil one through the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony. Both of these things are powerfully connected to the idea of covenant.
Throughout the Old Testament covenants were made. A covenant is an agreement made between two parties so binding that each party would rather die than break the agreement. Most often blood was shed as part of the process of making covenant to highlight that each party was in essence signing the agreement with their own lifeblood. You and I have an eternal covenant made with Almighty God through Christ. His was the blood that ratified the agreement, making it binding.
Each party entering into a covenant would give themselves to the other. What belongs to me now belongs to you and visa versa. The marriage covenant is a perfect example of this. Moreover, in a marriage the wife takes the name of her husband. She now has the right and authority to use that name and all that it represents. The authority of the husband’s name belongs also to the wife.
As Christ’s Bride, the church has been given His name to use. He conquered satan, death, sickness, poverty and the grave! His name is the name above all others and the name at which all others must bow.
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:9-11 NKJV)
In our use of the blood and the name in prayer we declare the covenant. The word of our testimony is no longer that we are defeated or sick, but that we are more than conquerors. Jesus Himself has given us authority over every demon power.
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 NKJV)
“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Matt 10:1 NKJV)
This authority can be exercised in prayer as we declare and enforce the covenant that Christ established through His shed blood, and make His Word our testimony (just as Jesus made the Word His testimony when He faced satan in the temptation; “It is written…” (Matt 4)).
It is only as we dislodge powers in the heavenly places that change can occur in the natural realm. We considered this truth in our module on Spiritual Realities. As Wesley Duewel points out in his book ‘Mighty Prevailing Prayer’, “You must overthrow the invisible forces of satan if you would see things and lives changed visibly before you.”
We must remember in warfare that we are not coming against spiritual powers in our own strength or wisdom, but in the Name (as representatives) of Jesus. His authority is behind that name, and when we use it in prayer it is as if He Himself were praying. I am not suggesting arbitrary or frivolous use of the name, nor an immature picking of fights in the spiritual realm, which is both dangerous and stupid, but rather a calculated and informed assault on the powers of darkness through a thorough knowledge of God’s Word, a Covenant mentality and loyalty to Christ, and a revelation of the absolute victory of Christ