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“Loving Heavenly Father, I take by faith the helmet of salvation. I recognize that my salvation is the Person of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I cover my mind with Him. I desire that He put His mind within me. Let my thoughts be His thoughts. I open my mind only to the control of the Lord Jesus Christ. I replace my own selfish and sinful thoughts with His. I reject every projected thought of Satan and his demons and request the mind of the Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that You grant me the wisdom to discern thoughts that are from the world, my FLESH, and Satan’s kingdom.
I believe that Jesus is Your Son, He died on the cross for my sins, and that Jesus is God. I believe in the Trinity - You as the Father, Jesus as the Son and in the Holy Spirit. I confess that I have been a sinner – totally separated from You. I choose to accept Your forgiveness for my sins through the power of the blood of Jesus that was shed for me on the cross. I now ask that you send the Holy Spirit to live inside my mortal body. (Pause for a moment, you are about to be indwelt.)
I praise You, heavenly Father, that I may know the mind of Christ as I hide Your Word within my heart and mind. Open my heart to love Your Word. Grant to me the ability and capacity to memorize large portions of it. May Your Word be ever over my mind like a helmet of strength, which Satan’s projected thoughts cannot penetrate. Cause me to allow the Holy Spirit (the Life of Christ) within me to fulfill the discipline of daily living to appropriate Your Salvation. These things I lay before You in the precious name of my new Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
A Selfer's Prayer
I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that I was raised from the dead and seated at Your right hand.
I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can't do, quite what I can't quit, start what I can't start, and--most of all--to be what I can't be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don't feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says-- to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory.
I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus' name, Amen.
THE DAILY AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Gracious Father, I recognize by faith that the true God is worthy of all honor, praise, and worship as the Creator, Sustainer, and End of all things. He is the Alpha and the Omega. I confess that God, as my Creator, made me for Himself. In this day, I, therefore, choose to live for Him.
I recognize by faith that God loved me and chose me in Jesus Christ before time began.
I recognize by faith that God has proven His love to me in sending His Son to die in my place, in whom every provision has already been made for my past, present, and future needs through His representative work, and that I have been quickened, raised, seated with Jesus in the heavenly places, and anointed in & through the Holy Spirit.
I recognize by faith that God has accepted me since I have received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior; that He has forgiven me; that He has adopted me into His family, assuming every responsibility for me; that He has given me eternal life; that He has applied the perfect righteousness of Christ to me so that I am now justified; that He has made me complete in Christ; and that He offers Himself to me as my daily sufficiency through prayer and the decisions of faith.
I recognize by faith that the Holy Spirit has baptized me into the Body of Christ; sealed me; anointed me for life and service; seeks to lead me into a deeper walk with Jesus, and prompts me to release His Life through me.
I recognize by faith that only God can deal with sin and only God can produce holiness of life. I confess that in my Salvation my part was only to receive Him and that He dealt with my sin and saved me. Now I confess that in order to live a Holy life, I can only surrender to His will and receive Him as my final sanctification; trusting Him to do whatever may be necessary in my life, without and within, so I may be enabled to live today in purity, freedom, rest and power for His glory.
For this day, I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as He has revealed Himself to me in the Holy Scriptures – to obey Him. I confess my position in Christ, face the sinful reality of the trash the old nature left behind, that I am dead to its power, and deliberately choose to walk in the light, in step with/in Christ, throughout the hours of this day.
For this day, I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures – to believe Him. I accept only His Word as the final authority. I now believe that since the day of my salvation, He has already forgiven and cleansed me. I accept at full value His Word of promise to be my sufficiency and rest, and I will conduct myself accordingly.
For this day, I make the decision of faith to recognize that God has made every provision so that I may fulfill His will and calling in my life. I understand that this can only be accomplished through His Life working in & through me. Therefore, I will not make any excuse for my sin and failure.
For this day, I make the decision of faith deliberately to receive from God that provision which He has made for me. I renounce all self-effort to live the indwelling Christian life and to perform God’s service; I renounce all selfish praying which asks God to change circumstances and people so that I may be more spiritual. I renounce all forms of suppressing the work of the Holy Spirit within and the call of God to offer the saving Life of Jesus to others.
I continue to receive Jesus as my final and single act of sanctification, deliverance, my anointing, and my promise for daily living.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Dear Abba Father, I lift Your holy name up in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord. I praise You that Satan is a defeated enemy. I take great joy in the fact that Jesus accomplished Satan’s defeat by giving up His life on the Cross. I appropriate Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension in my daily living. I look forward to the day that Satan is bound to the bottomless pit for eternity. I rejoice that You, the King of kings and Lord of lords, give me perfect unity and victory over the enemy today.
I choose to enter into my victory and claim my place as being more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me. I refuse to admit to ongoing defeat by Satan in any area of my life. He cannot and will not rule over me, my family, or any of my loved ones. I affirm that Your grace and mercy rule all areas of my life through my union and victory in Christ. Please give me the strength and grace to affirm Your Truth in times of temptation. I bless and thank You for these daily battles and that You seek to accomplish Your divine will in my life. I accept the battlefield You have placed me in today and rejoice in Your divine purpose of it. I reject all of the satanic purposes the enemy has hidden behind his attacks. Through the victory of my Warrior and Savior, I stand resolute and strong upon the certainty of my victory. In confidence, I commit to come before Your throne boldly each day. All this I do in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, but the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
Dear Heavenly Father, I come before You boldly on behalf of _______. I cover _______ with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as protection during this time of prayer. I surrender _______to You completely and unreservedly in every area of their. I take a stand against all of the workings of Satan that would hinder _______from this time of prayer. I address the two of us only to the true and living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in our prayer.
Satan, the Lord Jesus commands you to leave our presence with all of your demons. We bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us.
I pray that You Lord Jesus, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all the work of the glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into _______’s life today. I surrender _______to You. I renounce any and all discouragement, guilt, and condemnation from being in _______’s heart and mind. I pray now that You would release _______ to pray this prayer of repentance.
You, Lord, have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead. I claim in every way Your victory over all satanic forces active in his life and I reject these forces. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name, you, ________ are now released to pray! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life." (Acts 11:18)
Heavenly Father, I praise Your name for the grace that has come to me through the Lord Jesus Christ. I rejoice in the victory, which You have provided for me to live above sin and failure. I come before You in confession and to plead Your mercy over my own sins. I confess my sins of lukewarmness, apathy, and worldliness. I specifically confess my sin of ___________ (list all the known sins that have bound you – adultery, drug abuse etc.). I acknowledge before You the wickedness of the worldly environment by which I have allowed myself to be influenced. I accept Your forgiveness and mercy for the sins I have committed against You. I plead the sufficiency of the blood of Christ to meet the full penalty of what my sins deserve. I claim back the ground in my life, which I have given over to Satan by believing the enemy’s deception. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I resist all of Satan’s activity that is holding me blind and causing me to function in darkness. Exercising my authority, which is given to me in my union with the Lord Jesus Christ, I pull down the strongholds, which the kingdom of darkness has formed against me. I smash, break, and destroy all those plans formed against my mind, will, emotions, and body. In prayer, I destroy the spiritual blindness and deafness that Satan has kept upon me. I invite the Holy Spirit of God to bring the fullness of His power to convict, to bring me to further repentance, and to lead me into faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I claim the Truth that Satan has no power to blind me from Your Truth.
I thank You for bringing me under conviction, leading me to pray this prayer of repentance, and for answering my prayer of deliverance. I joyfully lay this prayer before You in the worthiness of Christ and the completed work on the Cross. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
“Take the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17a,)
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Loving Heavenly Father, I take by faith the helmet of Salvation. I recognize that my Salvation is in the Person of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I cover my mind with His. I desire that He put His mind within me. Let my thoughts be His thoughts. I open my mind fully and only to the control of the Lord Jesus Christ. Replace my own selfish and sinful thoughts with His. I reject every projected thought of Satan and his demons; I, instead, request the mind of Christ. Grant me the wisdom to discern thoughts that are from the world, my old sin nature, and Satan’s kingdom.
I praise You, Heavenly Father, that I may know the mind of Christ as I hide Your Word within my heart and mind. Open my heart to love Your Word. Grant to me the ability and capacity to memorize large portions of it. May Your Word be over my mind like a helmet of strength, which Satan’s projected thoughts cannot penetrate. I accept Your forgiveness for my neglect and failure to aggressively take the Salvation always available to me. Cause me to fulfill the discipline of daily duty to appropriate Your Salvation. These things I lay before You in the precious name of my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
“Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.” (2 Corinthians 2:6-7)
ENCOURAGEMENT: It was a sufficient punishment to the offender. This passage is actually the restoration process of the man Paul had removed from the church. It had accomplished all that Paul had desired; by humbling and bringing to repentance the man who was living in open sin. As that had been done, it was proper now that this man should be again restored to the privileges of the church. No evil would result from such a restoration and the church’s duty to their penitent brother demanded it. Paul handles the subject here with very great tenderness and delicacy. The entire passage relates solely to this offending brother, yet Paul never once: mentions his name or his crime, any descriptive words that would be calculated to wound this man’s feelings, transmit his name to future generation, nor communicate his name in a harmful way to other churches. Paul speaks of him only in the soft terms of “such a one” and “any one.” How different this is from the temper of those who would try to defame or gossip about the names of offenders, or make a permanent record to bring them down with dishonor. Paul is demonstrating the fullness of forgiveness – discipline, forgiving, and restoration. I think that is the point of forgiveness. This prayer is critical and truly a centerpiece of God’s divine forgiveness and restoration.
Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father, I have sinned against You and _____ (person to whom you are embittered) by harboring resentment, hurt, and bitterness for their offense against me. Please cleanse me from this sin. I now unconditionally forgive _____ for the wrong committed against me. I ask that You would reclaim all ground in my life that Satan’s kingdom has claimed against me because of my unforgiveness and bitterness. In the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I stand against any lies and powers of darkness that were assigned against me because of my unforgiving ways. I submit myself to You and ask that You turn me into a vessel of forgiveness.
I choose now to love _____ with Your love, acceptance, and forgiveness. I offer myself up to You as a living sacrifice to be used by You to rebuild the relationship, if You deem it necessary. I pray that You would empower me with the strength I need to go to _____ and seek their forgiveness for my part of the offense or for my reactions. I ask that You would cover me with the power of Your grace and mercy. It is in the Forgiver’s name (Jesus Christ) I pray. Amen.
How to Extend Forgiveness
Offering forgiveness to those that hurt you, in and through Christ, is one of the most freeing actions you can demonstrate here on earth. This homework assignment will include listing the act, your hurt, the ramifications, and your sinful reactions to the way the offender hurt you. Once you have done this, you will need to depend upon the eternal forgiver that lives and indwells you – Christ. If you are not a Christian (never have asked Christ into your life) these actions will be temporary and not eternal.
Offering Forgiveness Is Not . . .
It is not “acting” as if it does not bother you anymore. It is not disregarding, tolerating, excusing, overlooking or closing your eyes to the wrong another person has done against you. It is not “letting time pass” after the offense has been committed. It is not “forgetting” that the offense happened – or “pretending” that it did not happen. It is not “resigning” yourself to the other person’s actions by saying, “Oh well, that’s just the way he/she is.”
Forgiveness is functioning with another as if they never committed the offense in the first place. Without true forgiveness, you will stay resentful, lack in joy and act offended any time you see, hear of or meet someone who reminds you of this offender.
Process of Offering Forgiveness
Make four lists.Column one, how the offender hurt you. Column 2: how you felt regarding the hurt.Column 3, list the ramifications.Forth Column, list your sinful reactions to the offence.
Admit to God how you felt regarding the offense.
Admit to God that you have been holding this person guilty for this act.
Admit to God that your reactions to this offense, and the person, are sin.
Claim God’s forgiveness for your reactions (sin).
Extend forgiveness, in prayer before God, for the hurt this person has caused you.
Put the offender in God’s hands and join Him in doing what He wants to bring healing.
By choice, your feelings most likely will not match, live each day as a freeman.
Agree with God that you are willing to be reconciled to the offender and allow Him to love the offender through you.
You are now free, go now and seek forgiveness for your part! (See Seeking Forgiveness chapter)
How to Seek Forgiveness
Humility breeds freedom. When someone chooses to seek the forgiveness of someone they have hurt, they provide an opportunity to demonstrate the power of Christ’s forgiveness. It is a great way to reveal the gospel. Seeking forgiveness is simply this; honestly reviewing how you hurt another by words, actions or lack of action. It is going to that person (preferably in person) and saying, “I was wrong” for whatever you did to create pain in their lives – then asking for their forgiveness. Forgiveness is “giving freedom before the offended has the opportunity to unveil bitterness.”
Seeking Forgiveness Is Not . . .
It is not going to another to “put things behind you” or “get the monkey off your back”. It is not “smoothing over” what you did and it is certainly not bringing up their actions that “caused” you to hurt them. It is humbling yourself before them, confessing your sin and not considering their sin, or hurt, done unto you.
Process of Seeking Forgiveness
Make three lists.Column one, who you hurt. Column 2: how you hurt them.Column 3, how you acted toward them after you hurt them.
Make sure you “extend forgiveness” before God if they hurt you.
Pray through the “Seeking Forgiveness” list.
Rehearse what and how you are going to say it.
Reject any defense, excuses, or blame.
Pray and get counsel for the “right timing.”
Call the person to set a time.The phone conversation should go something like this; Mom, I am calling to find a time to get with you regarding seeking your forgiveness for some things I believe I have done to hurt you.What is the best time for you?
If they want to do it on the phone, delay.Plead to do this in person.If they refuse to meet with you in person or circumstances dictate that you can’t, ask for a phone time that is best for them.
When the meeting starts, thank them for allowing you to do this.
Go down column two and three and say “I was wrong for _________________, would you forgive me for this?”Wait for the answer and repeat this process until you have completed the list.
At the end of the meeting, thank them again.Now ask them is there anything you can do to assist in restoring the relationship.If the request is reasonable, do what they ask of you.
You have now completed the forgiveness cycle. Be blessed!
Acts of Rebellion
“Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam,
and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.” (Jude 1:11-13)
ENCOURAGEMENT: Their trees are without fruit - The idea here is substantially the same as that expressed by Peter (2 Peter 2:17, KJV), when he talks about false teachers as being “wells without water.” Jude also wrote about false teachers being “clouds without water, carried along by winds.” So, there would be no shedding down of refreshing rain upon the earth. Such wells and clouds only disappoint expectations. A fruit-promising tree, whose fruit always dries up, would be useless. Therefore, rebels head to the local dry silk flower shop to buy plastic fruit and glue it to their tree. The words “no fruit” occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. Properly, it means, “autumn” and the expression here denotes “trees of autumn.” In other words, these are trees stripped of leaves and green in color; trees on which there is no fruit. The idea here is not that the tree never bore fruit; the Greek text clearly reveals that it is a tree in a constant state of “autumn” – stripped of growth. Rebellious people are naked trees of autumn as contrasted with the bloom of spring and the dense foliage of summer. Their acts of rebellion are what stop the flow of “sap” within the tree to bear forth the fruit of righteousness. This prayer stands against the constant state of “autumn” in a person’s life.
My precious Heavenly Father, I understand that Your Holy Scriptures state that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. I confess that my rebellious sin of _____is an act of witchcraft before Your Holy throne. I ask for You to reclaim all the ground I’ve given to the enemy and his kingdom by this act of rebellion. I open my heart and mind to the purifying redemption of the blood of You, Jesus. I ask that You would fill the very place that this sin occupied with Your power, presence, and perfection. I pray that the Holy Spirit would fill me with the fruit of the Spirit and cause a manifestation of that fruit to come forth in my life. May the Holy Spirit grant me the power to submit my mind, will, and emotions over to You. I pray for strength from Heaven to fill my mind with the ability to resist the temptations and attacks the enemy will throw my way. I believe Your power will chase the enemy away as I am praying this prayer. It is in the mighty name of Christ I pray. Amen.
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father,
but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16)
ENCOURAGEMENT: And the pride of life - The word properly used here means: vulgar or boasting, and then, arrogance or pride. It refers to whatever tends to promote pride or a list of things that demonstrate pride (such as - the boastful way of dress, acting as if wealthy, speaking as if better than others, or simply thinking oneself to be able to cope without God). Is not from the Father – In the Greek, it means to offend God. It is not the nature of true Christians to seek these things, nor can a proud heart even open itself to the things of God. The sincere Christian has humility as their armor or covering. But is from the world – This is evidence of friendship with the world (James 4:4). People of pride are setting themselves up to have a hostile relationship with God. Pride is listed fourth of the seven things “God hates” (Prov. 6:16-19). This prayer assists the believer to stand against such deceptive ways of the enemy.
I pray, this day, in the blessed name and power of the Holy Spirit. It is in the humility of Jesus that I claim victory over my sin of pride. I now renounce and confess the sin of my prideful act of_____. I ask You, Lord Jesus to reclaim the ground my pride has yielded over to Satan and his kingdom. May the precious blood of Jesus wash me clean from the ramifications of my sinful pride. I ask You, Lord, to grant to me the grace and peace of a yielded, humble heart before You. Here and now, I resist all prideful demonic attempts that the enemy may use to rule over me. In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I ask that You, Father, would put a new heart of humility in me. I give You Your right and prerogative to manifest in me the gentleness of Your Spirit. Take all harshness away that this pride has formed in me. May I entrust my thoughts to You with a new heart and may the Holy Spirit captivate all of my thoughts and actions. I choose, this day, to walk in the integrity of Jesus. It is only in His name that I pray this. Amen.
Renouncing Sexual Bonds
“Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.”
(1 Corinthians 6:13-14, ).
ENCOURAGEMENT: Yet the body is not – The meaning from the Greek: “the body is not designed for perusing sexual desires for selfish reasons, but to be devoted to the Lord.” The remainder of this section is occupied with an argument against indulgence in sex, a crime in which the Corinthians were particularly guilty. Paul is simply guarding the Corinthians from temptation, as well as, settling the morality of the question on this immovable foundation and doctrine of God. The first argument, stated here, is that the body of man was designed by its Maker to be devoted to Him and should be consecrated (set apart) to the purposes of a pure and holy life. Therefore, we are bound to devote our bodies, as well as our rational powers, to the service of the Lord alone. This passage also states that we have no power in and of ourselves to contain this passion; it must be yielded to the power of Christ in us. This prayer renounces sinful sexual unions we have had with others outside of God’s holy institution of marriage.
I confess and renounce my sinful sexual union with _____ as a sin against You, my body, and _____ (the person you had the bond with). I ask that the cleansing blood of Jesus free me from the guilt and ground I’ve given by my sexual union with _____. I renounce all bonding with this person that took place in the sexual act and I ask You to free me from the consequences of that bonding. I renounce all wicked and demonic holds that have a claim against me because of that sexual sin. In the name of Jesus, I break and renounce all transfer of evil that could have taken place.
If you lead me to reconcile with this person, I pray for the willingness and strength to do so. I pray that You would give me the words and the proper attitude to seek their forgiveness. I pray that You would use this unholy bond we had as a venue to lead _____ to repentance and freedom as You did with me. I pray for complete freedom and forgiveness on their behalf. I cover both of us in the protective blood of Jesus Christ. It is in the power of Your Holy name that I pray. Amen.
“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”
(2 Corinthians 10:5).
ENCOURAGEMENT: Destroying speculations - The word used here is probably in the sense of a device, stronghold, or habit. It refers to all the plans of a wicked world, the various systems of false philosophy, and the personal sins that rise up against God. The various systems of false philosophy were so embedded (in the Corinthians, in this case) that they might be called the stronghold of the enemies of God. The reality of sinful habits is that of resisting the Gospel. These “bad habits” simply get in the way of the flow of the Holy Spirit working in and through us as Christians. All are obedient 100% of the time. The question is, “To what?” Habits are gods that rise up against the face of God, the Father. They are not just “bad habits” to God, they are covenant agreements (strongholds) with idols. This prayer breaks those bonds with those idols.
I come before You with the joy of my Salvation. It is only in the power and name of Jesus Christ that I pray. Father, I ask that you would deliver me from my habitual sin of _____. I state and choose to believe that this habit is sinful toward You and my body. I understand that this habit has given the enemy ground or place for the rule of darkness to continue to hold me from serving You with a clear conscience. I pray that You would wash me clean from the soil and power of this habitual sin. I do ask that You would reclaim all the ground that I’ve given over to the enemy because of this sin. In the blessed name of Jesus, I ask that You would remove any foothold the enemy has placed in my life as a result of this continued sin. If the enemy has placed darkness around me due to this sin, I ask that You would chase it away with Your everlasting power and presence. I claim back this ground for the use and purpose of Your kingdom. I lay my life (body, soul, and spirit) at Your altar for service in Jesus’ name. I thank You for the freedom You have given me this day. It is through Your act of forgiveness and redemption of the Cross that I pray – Amen.
Sin of Forefathers
“If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:17-19)
ENCOURAGEMENT: Here, the word redeemed means: they were rescued from their sins; the sins of their forefathers; and death, by the blood of Christ (or the life of Christ offered as a sacrifice). It was that which God was pleased to accept in the place of the punishment of the sinner, both present and forefather, as answering the same great ends in His eternal purpose. The principles of this Truth and justice could as certainly be stated that without Christ’s redemptive act, the guilt and punishment passed down as an inheritance from our forefathers would send us to the place of torment. If the redemptive act of Christ is so, then there is no obstacle to our Salvation or personal freedom; and we might, on repentance, be consistently pardoned and taken to heaven or given personal freedom here on earth.
Through Jesus and His proclaimed redemptive blood, I affirm that I have been redeemed from all consequences of the empty way of life handed down to me and my family through the sins and failures of my forefathers on my father’s side of the family. I specifically renounce strongholds of _____ (particular sins you struggle with). In the blessed name of Jesus, I forbid any powers of darkness from controlling me or the family members for whom I am responsible because of ground given by my father’s generational lineage, which extends back three and even four generations. I renounce such claim the enemy might have because of their footholds. I stand firm on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a fully sufficient release from their actions of rebellion that came against You Father. I know, by Your Word, that the enemy works through generational oppression. Because of this insight, I stand against the generational pattern of deception he uses to bind me and my future generations. Jesus, I now join You in Your stated truth that all the works of the enemy have been stopped as a result of this prayer. I pray by faith that the work of the Cross and co-crucifixion are at work to bring me and my family daily deliverance from these generational sins. It is through and for the name of Jesus that I pray these things. Amen.
Prayer for Illness
“Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.”(Acts 5:16)
ENCOURAGEMENT: Sickness is one of the main tools of the enemy. Why? Because the human body is depraved and belongs to the dirt. Our spirit and soul is what goes on to be with the Lord when we die; our physical bodies are to lie in the grave for decay and destruction – because they belong to the ways of wickedness. Therefore, this is why our bodies are the most outward tool or vessel that is available to the enemy. We must come against these attacks of the enemy in this arena. Jesus did not change His approach and ability to heal the sick. Stand today on the promise and truth that God can heal the human body – if He chooses to do so. If you pray and God chooses to leave the illness in place, accept it as divine grace and purpose.
I now ask in the name of our Husband, Jesus Christ, through the power offered in the Holy Spirit, to evict from the presence of _____ all the powers and attacks of the evil one. These forces must go where the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded them to go. I ask the Holy Spirit to make a thorough search in and around _____, to make sure there are no lingering forces of evil to deceive and rule over _____. May the Holy Spirit sanctify _____’s body, soul, and spirit from the defiling works of darkness. I invite the Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to do Your great work of drawing _____ to Yourself in the midst of this physical trial, for the purpose of their spiritual growth.
Thank You for loving _____ with Your perfect grace. I pray that _____ would see that Your grace is enough in this time of weakness. Grant to _____ the wisdom and grace of protection from the lies and deception of the enemy. I ask that You use this situation to teach _____ how to stand – willingly – in the power and grace You offer, as one of Your children. Give me the wisdom and grace to protect _____ and their family and to guide each one into Your plan and will. I worship You and give You thanks in the name of our Lord and Husband, Jesus Christ. I reject passivity through the shed blood of Jesus. Amen
Sensing an Evil Spirit
“And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them,
so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” (Acts 19:6)
ENCOURAGEMENT: First things first - Christians cannot be possessed by an evil spirit. We can, on the other hand, be oppressed. There are many “doctrinal” theologians who believe Christians can be possessed. Don’t buy into such cheap doctrines. You, or your loved ones, were bought with a price – that is, if you/they have had a born-again experience. No man can serve two masters. A life divided against itself will fall. When Christ came into your mortal body, He did a first-rate cleaning job. Oppression is much different than possession. Possession requires ownership, while oppression requires a vessel willing to choose sin. Big difference! This is why we pray against oppressive spirits that rise up against the true and holy knowledge of God.
In Your name Lord, Jesus Christ and by the power of Your blood, I come against any wicked spirit that may be harassing _____. I ask Lord, that You would cause these wicked spirits to flee and free _____ and their loved ones. Lord Jesus, I ask that You replace any space that the enemy has occupied with your love, acceptance, and forgiveness. I ask the Holy Spirit to search out all control points of _____ and evict these dark powers from their presence. I pray _____ would yield their whole person to the rule and control to You, Jesus. I ask You, Father to sanctify and fully control the areas that _____has yielded over to the enemy. I claim _____’s victory until their ability to do so himself/herself. I pray this only in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen
“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
ENCOURAGEMENT: This Scripture (from the Greek text) properly means to “speak what agrees with something which others speak or maintain.” It is to confess, profess, or express our agreement or “covenant contract” with what God holds to be true and what He declares to be true. It denotes a public declaration, or assent, expressed here by the words, “with the mouth.” So then, a profession of Christianity denotes a public declaration of our agreement with what God has declared and extends to all His declarations about our lost state, our sin, and need of a Savior. It also means agreeing with God’s doctrines about His own Nature, Holiness, and Law; the Savior and the Holy Spirit; the necessity of a change of heart and holiness of life; the grave and the judgment; and heaven and hell. It is respecting the doctrine of the Redeemer, which is the main and leading doctrine put here by way of God’s high and raised position. The fact is all those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior (those who truly believe from their heart) will publicly express their assent to this - it is simply to declare our agreement with God on all spoken Truth. This is the litmus test of true Christians: Are they public about their faith? This prayer assists in this proclamation.
I affirm that ______’s only hope for love, acceptance, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life rests on the finished work of You, Lord Jesus. I entrust _____’s eternal destiny fully into Your hands and to the ministry of the Holy Spirit who has sealed their Salvation. If, by some chance, _____ is questioning their Salvation, I pray that You would affirm and confirm the day of their Salvation. In the power of Your shed blood, I here and now renounce and disown all the ways the enemy comes to steal the joy of their Salvation. If there is sin going on in the life of _____, I pray that You would convict and lead _____ into repentance. Teach _____ to pray doctrinally and reveal the power that comes with their Salvation. It is in the blessed name of our Savior, I pray. Amen.
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6)
ENCOURAGEMENT: The unity of the Spirit - a united spirit or oneness of spirit. This refers to more than the fact there is one Holy Spirit; it also refers to unity of affection, confidence, and love that is to exist between all Bridal members of Christ (Christians). It means Christians should be united in mind and affection, and not be split into groups and doctrinal factions. It may be implied here, as is undoubtedly true, that such a unity would only be possible by and through the Holy Spirit; and that, as there is but one Spirit who unites our hearts back to God, we certainly ought to have the same goal for each other. There is always danger of division where people are brought together in a particular society. There are so many different views of God by way of intellect and feeling; the mode of education and training; and personal interpretation - all contributing to the constant danger of division. Satan has used these tools of the tree of knowledge for many generations, to bring about relational walls that separate the Body of Christ. Pray against them!
Dear Lord Jesus, I believe and know that relationships are for the divine purpose of revealing Your message of Truth to those You bring into our lives. I boldly stand before Your throne. I appropriate the power and authority You have given me as a Child of God. I am a lover of Your Truth and Righteousness and it is because of that love that I pull down the walls, relationships, and barriers that Satan and his kingdom are building between _____ (person you are struggling with) and me. I pray Lord, that You would demolish all the destructive strongholds the kingdom of darkness has been able to erect between us. I ask my Lord, for You to unleash the mighty power of the loving heavenly Father on our relationship to make it all You want it to be. I ask that the Holy Spirit to put within _____ and me Your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. By the faith You have given me by Your own measurement, I pray the healing power of the true and living Word to break down all strongholds in our relationship that rise up against Your hand. I ask for healing in our relationship and if you lead me to seek their forgiveness for anything I have done to hurt_____– make me willing. I ask all this in Your mighty name. Amen.
Death of A Loved One
“Another of the disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me,
and allow the dead to bury their own dead’.” (Matthew 8:21-22)
ENCOURAGEMENT: Let the dead bury their dead – In this passage, the word “dead” is used in two different senses. It is apparently an absurdity, but is suited to convey the idea very distinctly. Often, the Jews used the word “dead” to express indifference toward a “thing” - or rather, to show that “the thing” has no influence over them. Consequently, to be dead to the world; to be dead to the law, Rom. 7:4; and to be dead to sin, Rom. 6:11, means that the world, law, and sin have no influence or control over us; that we are free from them, and act “as though they were not.” A body in the grave is unaffected by the showiness and vanity; by the cheerfulness and partying; and by the ambition and splendor that may be near the grave site. They see not its beauty, hear not the voices of family and friends, and are not won by the memorials offered to them. This is the group to whom the Savior refers to here. Christ is in effect saying: Let the people who are uninterested in My work and who are “dead in sin,” take care of the ones who are already dead. Your duty is now to follow Me.
Dear Lord Jesus, I now acknowledge the power and presence of Your life in and around me. I stand firm in the fact and truth that _____ is alive and well in the hands of our Father. I agree and align myself with what You said, “allow the dead to bury their own dead.” I accept this truth to mean that I should not allow the enemy to use death to distract me from following You in my daily living. By the power of Your spoken Word, I now choose for You to bring closure to my grieving process over_____. By faith, I accept _____’s death and know that You will be using their passing as a tool of sharing the Gospel with those who are in need of knowing You. I choose not to focus on questions surrounding their death (the how’s and why’s), or the death itself. I take this time to reaffirm my commitment to serving You and You alone. I will go on with the life You have chosen for me to live. I stand against the ways of the enemy in tempting me to focus on death instead of life. I claim now all the Truth and Victory You offer through this difficult time. I pray only in the blessed name of Jesus Christ and His redemptive and healing ways. Amen
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Source | The Book of Prayers | Dr. Stephen Phinney | Used By Permission
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