There is a 20 mile route I take to work and usually, the lights are all timed and for the most part, I get 20 smooth miles of green lights with minimal traffic. About two weeks ago, I noticed in my commute, there was severe traffic in this particular area. Initially, I thought it was an accident, but the next couple of days it continued.

My co-worker, who takes the same route as I, contacted the traffic department concerning the traffic in that one area. The traffic department heard his request and informed him that other people requested something be done about the timing of the lights. After a week of taking an alternate route, my co-worker told me he took the usual route to work and the green lights were correctly timed and the route is back to being smooth.

God revealed to me that if one man can exercise his authority and make a difference in the flow of traffic, how much more can we, as believers, exercise our authority to make a difference in our lives and in the world? Just like my co-worker, contacted the traffic department and made his request, we can contact God to make our requests. There was no guarantee that the traffic department was going to fulfill his request, but with God, we have a guarantee that our prayers will be answered (1 John 5:14-15).

Not only do we have a guarantee with God regarding our lives, but God’s Word tells us we have dominion over the enemy and we can collectively change a situation (Luke 10:19; Matt 18:19). So, anything we see that doesn’t align with God’s Word, we have the authority to change that situation. If there’s a neighborhood filled with violence or marriage filled with strife, we have the authority to remove every demonic influence from that situation.

If we don’t make our requests known to God and use our authority over the enemy, nothing will change.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.