Furthermore, we don't need to use it as an administrative tool in order to avoid authorizing individual bonds. Our nation didn't have it until World War I...and no other nation in the world has a debt ceiling at all (except for Denmark, which only has it in theory). It's just assumed that when Congress authorizes the Treasury to spend a certain amount of money and collect a certain amount of taxes, that the difference will need to be borrowed.
The debt ceiling is an entirely redundant mechanism. If the government doesn't want to borrow so much money, it can vote to cut spending and/or raise taxes at any time.