According to Second Corinthians 10:4-5, the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God. Our mightiest weapons are Proclaiming the Word, Thanksgiving and Praise. With them and with the keys of the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:19), we pull down all strongholds which Satan has built in our minds, and we bring all our thoughts into obedience to Christ. Tremendous power is released through proclaiming the Word of God with boldness and unwavering confidence!
Prayer unlocks the doors of Heaven and releases the power of God for His glory into our lives and into our health, into our relationships, into our churches, into our ministries, into communities and into the nations. God wants us to pray and He desires to have an intimate relationship with each and every one of us. When we talk about being “led by prayer”, we come to the question: “Led by whom?” The answer lies in Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Just as the Holy Spirit leads us to understand God’s will in Scripture, so He leads us in praying these scriptures back to God. The Holy Spirit wants us to saturate our minds with the truths which He has revealed to us in the Bible. We are empowered to plead for victory when Christ is in us, for then we possess a life which is more than conquering. We read confirmation of this in Isaiah 55:10-11 as God says,
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and does not return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring out and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall certainly do what I sent it to do.”
As children of God and believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are indeed blessed that “Jesus is our High Priest of our confession” (Hebrews 3:1). When we speak out that which the Bible says about us as believers in Christ, then Jesus, as our High Priest in heaven, will release His authority and blessing over our confessions. Our proclamations of God’s Word speak out loudly in spiritual warfare. It releases the authority of the Word into our situation, our life, our family, our church or whatever it may be.
Praise is closely linked with worship and thanksgiving. It is our expression of our gratitude and adoration to God; yielding ourselves to Him as an “instrument of righteousness” (Romans 6:13). As we praise our glorious God and all-powerful Master, we are focussing on Him; we are expressing our faith and trust in Him. Praise is a way of honouring God, a way of strengthening faith which rests in God and in return, counts on Him to work in us. Faith is our response to God which moves Him to reveal Himself to us, and do His mighty work in us and for us. We can activate God’s power through praise and bring victory which will change our circumstances.
But in both Prayer and Praise, we must all come before God in humility, for Scripture says in 1 Peter 5:5, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” If we pray out of pride or arrogance or self righteousness, God will simply not listen to our prayer.
Christians, as true believers and as the bride of Christ, are all called to be humble, patient, genuine, faithful, watchful, obedient and responsible. In these, we can be assured of the risen Jesus’ presence, even as we are expectant of His return, when faith will give way to sight!
May we be encouraged, as we consent to His gracious transforming work in our lives; as we agree that He may work in us, so that we will be willing and able to do His will: glorifying God! This is our greatest privilege, as we radiate the glory of God to His delight and ours.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Blessed be the name of the Lord forever and ever; for glory, honour, kingdom, wisdom and might are His and His alone!
I come before You, O’ Lord, in humility and in truth, to seek Your face. I thank You for Your victories in my life, for all that You have done for me and my family; and for Your ultimate good purposes in allowing my weaknesses and failures in my life.
I present myself to You as a living sacrifice for Your use, and declare that beside You, there is no other! A just and Holy God and Saviour; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and I worship You!
I am determined to be a true believer in Christ. Forgive me, O’ Lord, for every area where I have failed You in Your eyes. Forgive me also where I have given place to control and manipulation and the influence of evil spirits. I now close every door to Satan in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! I choose to return to You, O’ Lord, for You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and You relent from doing harm (Joel 2:13).
I am determined never to allow my inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ Jesus and God to be stolen. It is my desire to fulfill my entire destiny; experiencing a life of fullness and increase in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
I forgive those who have sinned against me in Your holy name, Lord Jesus; and let go of all bitterness from all unjust treatment at Your feet, O’ Lord.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies” (Psalm 18:2-3).
I now lay down every fear at your feet, for God, You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead me into all truth, O’ Lord.
From this day forward, I choose not to listen to the lies and accusations of the enemy. I now put on the full armour of God which protects me from the enemy’s treatment in my life.
Lord Jesus Christ, You have said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in my Word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” You are the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. Please free me from continued slavery to sin, from self-deception, and from deception by Satan.
By faith and obedience, I come before your throne of grace, O’ Lord, to seek first the Kingdom of God and Your righteousness, so that all things may be added unto me (Matthew 6:33).
As I seek You, O’ Lord, sanctify me in Your truth (John 17:17).
I pray Your perfect truth will set me free – and by Your grace and mercy, You will lead me to all that You have meant for me.
I claim the promises of Psalm 91:14-15, which states that because I have set my love on You, You will deliver me and set me on high. I trust that as I call upon Your holy name, You will answer me. You will be with me in times of trouble, deliver me and honour me, O’ Lord.
I trust in the Lord with all my heart, and do not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways, I acknowledge Him, and He directs my paths. I am not wise in my own eyes; I fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It will be health to my inward parts and strength to my bones (Proverbs 3:5-8)
I rebuke and cast out all spirits that would attempt to oppress me in the name of Jesus!
Jesus, You went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38).
I strip all power from spirits which would oppress me (Ecclesiastes. 4:1).
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings, O’ Lord, and in You I trust and rely on.
I resist the devil, all his pressures, his attacks, his deception, and every instrument or agent he would seek to use against me. I do not submit and I exclude him from me and my family in the mighty name of Jesus!
Specifically, I reject and repel infirmity, pain, infection, inflammation, viruses, all sicknesses and disease, every form of witchcraft and demonic affliction that come against me.
Deliver me from oppressors that seek after my soul (Psalm 54:3).
Break in pieces the oppressor (Psalm 72:4).
Let the oppressors be consumed out of the land (Isaiah 16:4).
I am established in righteousness, and I am far from oppression (Isaiah 54:14).
The enemy will not take my inheritance through oppression (Ezekiel 46:18).
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen (2 Timothy 4:18)
Lord, You said in Romans 1:17 that the just shall live by faith; and I shall press forward in faith, that Your righteousness will be revealed.
I stand in the gap for all members of my family, and seek your grace and mercy and the forgiveness of their sins, O’ Lord. I pray for the salvation of (name each member of your family) and know only You and You alone can help them and set them free, my Holy God!
May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, I pray.
I, who wait on the Lord, shall renew my strength; I shall mount up with wings like eagle. I shall run and not be weary; I shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31)
By your grace, Lord, please grant me discernment, wisdom, strength and favour as I continue my walk with You, to bring honour and glory to your name!
Thank You, Lord, that through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, I have passed out from under the curse and entered into the blessings of Abraham, whom You blessed in all things.
Thank You, Father, that You know me completely. I proclaim that when I pray according to the will of God, I know that He hears me. And if I know He hears me, I have that for which I ask. My Father knows what I need, even before I ask Him.
To You, O’ Lord, be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.
In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray.
Amen and Amen!