We are exercising spiritual authority through declarations, in accord with God’s will. Declarations are not intercession prayers; God has already answered. In the case shown in this video, a young man had been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. During our intercession prayers, God revealed that His purpose and plan for the young man still had to be fulfilled. Steven then declared this.
In general, the spiritual authority exercised in a declaration is vested in the Body of Christ. Specifically, we can also assume spiritual authority based on our relationship with the person involved. Here, the family of the young man had asked for prayer, and thereby delegated their authority.
The declaration is not towards God, but towards spiritual powers controlling aspects of creation. Acting as members of the Body of Christ, our spiritual authority is ultimately based on the absolute authority of Christ. Therefore, the spiritual powers must obey.
Our most important declaration is our declaration of Christ as Lord of our life:
Rom 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Jesus frequently exercised spiritual authority through declarations. He commanded demons to leave, declared the presence of the Kingdom of God, spoke peace and calm over raging elements and declared the perishing of an unfruitful fig tree. The Apostle Paul declared temporary blindness over a sorcerer trying to hinder his ministry.
In the Old Testament, God began creation with the declaration: “Let there be light.” Other declarations frequently take the form of blessings and curses. The blessing of a father was considered as very important. In all of these cases, the spiritual authority released in the declaration led to tangible effects. The same is true today, when we make declarations in agreement with the will of God.