What is prayer?
What is prayer?
Exercising our faith to bring our petitions, needs etc., before the Lord that we may be filled with all surpassing peace, flowing from the Prince of Peace – Jehovah Shalom – Phil.4:6,7
An instrument to implement the will of God in our lives, the church and the world. – Mat. 6:10
The means to surrender ones intentions and desires in life and life itself subjecting them to the greater will of the Sovereign God. – Lk.22:42
Thanksgiving for the abundant blessings God showers on us and the protection He gives from all pains and fatalities. – Eph. 5:20
Worshiping the Lord for what He is and praising Him for what He has done. – Ps.29:2 / Heb 13:15
Jesus wants us to pray. – Lk.22:40
Of our dependence on God. – Ps.20:7 / Isa.31:1
Our fellowship with God needs to be renewed and strengthened.- Jas.4:8
We need to be transformed and conformed to the nature of Christ. – Rom.8:2
How to pray?
Pray in Jesus name. – Jn. 16:24
Pray with faith. - Jas.1:6
Pray with humility, submission and repentance. – 2Ch.7:14
Pray persistently, unceasingly and with a grateful heart. – Lk.18:1/ 1Th. 5:17
Pray with a forgiving heart and compassion. - Mk. 11:25
Pray and worship the Lord in truth and spirit. – Jn 4:23-24
When to pray?
ALWAYS - Eph. 5:19-20
Attitude in prayer:
Pray Truthfully, never be a hypocrite. - Mat.6:5-6
God is omniscient, He knows our needs. We need not babble on and on. - Mat.6:7-8
God is omnipresent, He hears our prayers irrespective of place and time. Ps.139:2-4
God is omnipotent, nothing is impossible for God if he wills. - Mat. 19:26
Prayers are answered not because of the "doing" of prayer but because of the grace of God. - Rom.9:16 / Eph .2:8
Pray with undoubting faith and without double-mindedness. Jas.1:6-7
Always seek God's perfect will. - Mat.6:10
Answer to Prayer:
Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Different kinds of Prayer:
Praise & Worship
Deliverance and Healing
Sinners Prayer - Confession
Prayer in the cell (Core Group)
Prayer in Tongues
Conditions for answering prayers:
Pray in the name of Jesus. - Jn.16.23-24
Pray according to God's will. - 1 Jn.5:14
Ask with right motive (no selfishness). Jas.4:3
Unshakeable and stable faith. Jas.1:6-8 / Mk.11:24
Continuous prayer. Lk.18:1,7,8
Reasons for delayed and unanswered prayers:
Un-repented Sins in ones life. - Isa.1:18-19
Because God has to arrange the circumstances. -
God has a better plan. -
To increase our commitment. -
It is not the time God has destined, - 1Pet.5:6
To test/stroke our faith. -
Unforgiveness. - Mat.6:14 / Mk.11:24,25
Unfinished prayers. - Lk.18:1
Failing to fulfill God given conditions in 2Chro.7:14-15
Our prayer is to get the will of God done in our lives, the family, the church and the world. god has revealed everything in the scripture through the prophets (Amos.3:7). Therefore we should pray that god's plans be done and fulfilled. Our prayers bring God's plan in implementation. If we don't pray, god's plan/will may remain unfulfilled (Mat.6:10). God does only those that are good for us (Rom.8:28 / Isa.55:8-9). God has a time to work (Jn.2:4 / Acts.15:17-18 / Eccl.3:1,11).
FAITH IS NOT AGAINST REASON BUT BEYOND REASON
Lord Jesus kindly shield me with Thy precious and Holy Blood from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet.
Lord Jesus kindly send the Fire, the Holy spirit to be around me and protect me (Zech 2:5)
Lord Jesus kindly put on me the whole and complete armor of God (Eph 6:13-18)
Lord Jesus kindly send your guardian angels to guard me (Ps 91)
Heavenly Father keep me free today from evil, sin, temptation, Satan's attacks and afflictions, fear of darkness, fear of man, sickness, diseases, doubts, anger, all calamities and from all that is not of Thy will and kingdom.
Holy spirit fill me with Thy precious spirit to walk in Thy Holiness. create thirst in my mind for the word of God.
JESUS - THE SHIELD AND RAMPART
Armor of God
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests with this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Eph 6:13-18
Belt of Truth
The Bible says the Truth is the word of God and the word is Jesus Christ himself (Jn 17:17 / Jn 14:6 / Rev 19:13). To make Satan stand out and to have protection from his attack we should live a truthful life - to ourselves, to God and to the people around. We should not speak a lie, act a lie or live a lie, if we do so we are with the father of lies - Satan (Jn 8:44). Our life must be tightened with Truth. Our life must not be anchored on feelings and emotions but the truth that is in the Bible.
Breastplate of Righteousness
The breastplate covers the vital organ, the heart. In our Christian life we are to guard our heart from evil attitudes, desires and schemes because it is the wellspring of life. We should seek and pursue for righteousness not self-righteousness but the righteousness we are being imposed by God the Father through Jesus Christ as He is our righteousness (2Cor 5:21). The love we receive from Jesus must manifest in serving God and His people without any vested interest or selfishness (1Thes 5:8 / Gal 5:6).
Shoes - the readiness to proclaim the Gospel of Peace
In a battle the shoes are very important as they carry the warrior forward protecting them on the treacherous land from all thistles and thorns - satanic disturbances. In the spiritual battle we are to wage the war with the readiness to share the Gospel of Jesus on our journey,wherever we go. There are people who are distressed, disappointed, rejected and afflicted by the works of the evil one. When we fill the hearts of the people with the peace from the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6)through the sharing of the message of the Gospel we are defeating Satan and liberating people.
Shield of Faith
The shield of a Roman soldier covers almost the whole body. A soldier in the body of Christ is protected from the fiery arrows of Satan which are invisible and intangible through the holy faith we have in Christ, which is being manifested through deeds of love - the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:6,22).We can increase the faith or enlarge the shield only through learning and meditating the word of Christ (Rom 10:17). The greater the shield/faith the greater is the protection.A small shield can protect you, if you enlarge your faith, it can protect the family and if you enlarge it even more it can protect many.
Helmet of Salvation
The helmet covers the head which symbolizes the mind which is the source of our understanding and knowledge. Any knowledge or understanding about God which is not according to the inspired word of God will work as a gateway for Satan to enter into our lives (2Cor 10:3-5). Therefore our mind must be filled with the knowledge about God and His salvation through Jesus as is being revealed from the holy scriptures(Rom 1:28). Anybody who comes to Jesus with true repentance a rendered heart and confesses his sins and transgressions will receive complete forgiveness from God and freedom from guilt and accusation from our enemy.
Sword of the Spirit
All the above are defensive in nature. The Sword of the Spirit is an offensive weapon to attack the enemy. We have a wonderful promise from our Lord Jesus Christ who empowered us with all His authority to wage the war, that the gates of Hades shall not prevail against us (Mat 16:18). We take the written word of God and make it REHMA and it against Satan by confession and proclaiming it with faith standing on the grace of God through the anointing of the Holy Spirit after having been protected under the Blood. Even Jesus was tempted but He overcame all temptation from Satan by exercising his faith and proclaiming the written word of God (Mat 16:18 / Ps149:6-9).
Prayer is the most wonderful and powerful weapon in the spiritual battle with no limitation. It can reach the all continents and even the heavenly realms. Heaven is stirred up by the prayer of a righteous man that will invoke the power of God and the heavenly armies to enjoy victory over Satan (Jas5:13,16). The Bible emphasizes the three attributes of prayer - In the Holy spirit, all occasions, and all kinds of prayers(Jud 20).
Bondage & Deliverance:
God created man in His image and likeness (perfect and complete).Man shattered this image by disobeying God's command. God loved His creation so much He gave him everything and also command and authority over all, He also gave man free will to choose. But, man surrendered to a lie from Satan and wanted to be independent of God judging good and evil. Satan (Lucifer) fell from heaven because he willed to dominate God.Thus man acquired bondage through violation of God's command and this bondage was passed on to all mankind as an inheritance and mankind still continues to acquire more.
When we will to be independent of God and dominate our fellow beings for our vested interests, we knowingly or unknowingly fall victim to Satan's lie resulting in bondage.When you choose to believe a lie, you will live a lie.Temptation (Lie) —> Decide to give in / Opens doorway to Evil (Free will) —> Sin (Spiritual Death) —> Repeated sins(Habit) —> Bondage (Spiritual Blindness).
Channels of bondage:
Worship of False Gods (Eastern Religions, Idol worship, rituals and sacrifices, new age movement, nature worship)
Generational Sin and Curse
Witchcraft,Sorcery, Black magic
The above list very brief, for an exhaustive list of channels of bondage and strongholds please visit our section on demons and deliverance from demons.All prayers here are only samples, you may want to add to them based on the guidance from the Holy spirit and also depending on the areas of bondage.
Freedom from witchcraft
Witchcraft is rebelling against God by entering into the area which God forbids to invoke super natural power bypassing God's will and authority for vested interests, availing of power, to dominate people and events and also to know about the future.
People indulging in witchcraft resort to occult practices, religious rituals,nature worship, manipulating cosmic powers, holistic healing, spirit guides,talismans, dream catcher, martial arts, good luck charms, divination,palm reading, astrology, numerology,speaking to spirits of the dead, casting spells, voodoo, and all and every spiritual activity which is not in compliance with the Holy Bible.
To be free from the effects of witchcraft:
Trust the Lord for every need of our life and for our future.
Call upon the name of Jesus.
Repent for involving (active or passive) in witchcraft.
Confess your sins.
Forgive those who have offended you.
Receive forgiveness through the Blood of the Lamb.
Renounce with open mouth every involvement.
Announce your faith in the God who exists as Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit.
Invoke the power of the Holy Spirit through His anointing to nullify the effect of witchcraft on your life, your family and generations.
Commit your life to Jesus to live a holy and righteous life obeying the voice of God.
Heavenly Father you are my only god who exists as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are the creator of the universe and me too. I believe Jesus is my Lord, Saviour, and God and who came into this world and died on the cross taking on Him the sins of the world and rose from the dead on the third day. Lord forgive all my involvement with Satan and his evil spirits in blackmagic, spells, witchcraft and other occult practices and rituals. I confess that I have participated in false religious rituals,assignments, covenants, prayers, Lord I ask your forgiveness. Lord you rebuke every work of the evil spirits in my life by the virtue of the Blood and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and protect me from every satanic scheme by your grace.
I am totally free now in Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour.
OBEDIENCE - FREEDOM
Freedom from sexual bondage
Deliverance from sexual bondage:
Below are a few references which will help you to break the bondages:
1.There are only two sexes, man & woman(Gen1.26). Homosexuality is not part of creation any such impression is a lie from the evil one.
2.The plan of God is to establish a spiritual bond between a man and woman. God constituted family/marriage to create this bond. Thus marriage is life-long covenant and bond between a man and woman excluding all others.
3.We are to honor God in our bodies, the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit - 1Cor 6:18-20
4.God aimed multiplication of mankind through sexual union of of husband and wife. The marriage bed must be kept pure (Heb 13:4). The husband can have relationship with his wife only (in the mind, body, spirit and emotion) excluding the whole world.
5.God can form anointed and wonderful children only from holy parents who keep their bodies pure, abstaining from all sexual immorality and perversion - Mal.2:14-16
6.Anything against this design and plan of God is a sin and leads to bondage.
7. As children are the fruits of body any sexual impurity will result in formation of unclean children.
Therefore sexual sins and perversions like:
|List of Sexual Sins||Common study verses|
|a. Masturbation - Self Sex||Ex 20:14|
|b. Homosexuality & Lesbianism - Same Sex||Gen 19:5 & Gen 18:20|
|c. Adultery||Lev 18: 6-24|
|d. Fornication - Premarital Sex||Lev 20:10 -21|
|e. Incest - Sex within prohibited relationships||Rev 21:8|
|f. Bigamy , Polygamy||Act 15:29|
|g. Bestiality - Sex with animals||1Thes 4:3|
|h. Oral and Anal Sex||Col 3:5|
|i.Incubi & saccubi||Eph 5:3 & 5,6|
|j.Sadomasochism, flagellation||Gal 5:19-21|
|k. Fantasy||2Cor 7:1|
|l. Wedding to Satan||1Cor10:8|
|m. Pornography - Print and visual||1Cor 6:18-20|
|(i) Live sex shows||Rom 13:13|
|(ii) Stripe tease||Mt 5: 27.28|
will pollute the body, mind, spirit and eventually the fruits - children. Therefore God strictly all kinds of sexual sin.
To break a bondage you have to renew the mind that the old program be removed by the truth in the word (Rom.12:1,2). "Wha you are" determines what you think which is followed by your behavior therefore, think "Who you are?" you are a child of God, a day will come you are to stand before the judgment seat of God awaiting the eternal blessings he has prepared.
Think and take authority as a child of God and command Satan and all his promptings through thoughts to leave you in the name of Jesus
Heavenly Father I surrender and commit my body, my mid, my spirit and free will unto your hand and I accept the freedom I got through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ through His Blood. I believe and confess that my body is the temple of the Holy spirit and my body and all its members/organs belong to Jesus Christ. Thank you for creating me as a man/woman. Satan has no authority over my body, mind, spirit, free will and I command every satanic influence to leave me and never come back. I bring before you every and all occasions I used my body for every act of lust and sexual immorality, homosexuality and lesbianism.I forgive myself and the person who brought me to this sin and all partners of this sin. Lord I repent for this sin and ask your forgiveness. Cleanse me with the Blood of Jesus, my Saviour. Father command every spirit of of lust and sexual immorality, homosexuality and lesbianism to get away from me by the virtue of the Blood and the resurrection of Jesus. Father command all these spirits to remain bound in the name of Jesus who came in the flesh and died on the Cross. Holy Spirit come into my life and anoint me and every member of my body which I used to commit sexual sins.father, give me your grace and power to live a holy life getting rid of all sexual sins. I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus who died for me on the cross shedding His Blood.Amen.
Renounce Satan and all sexual spirits
I renounce every and all spirits behind homosexuality/lesbianism,masturbation, pornography, adultery, fornication, bestiality, sodomy mention your problems and all other sexual sins and perversions holding control over me, keeping ground against me and binding me with cords of sexual immorality. I cancel and cut off all their claim, control, hold, influence, bond and authority on me and my generations in the name of Jesus and through the Blood of Jesus.
Announce you identity in Christ
My body is the temple of the living God. I have been purchased by the blood of Jesus and a member in the body of Christ. I belong to the kingdom of God. Therefore I command every evil spirit pulling me to sexual sins name your area of sin to leave me and my body forever in Jesus name.
I am totally free now in Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour
Renounce & Announce
My heavenly Father I come to you in the name of Jesus. Lord I want to be free from all and every bondage I gave myself in choosing to believe lie from the father of lies, my enemy.My God, today I choose to believe and obey all your commandments and the Word of Truth I read in the Holy Bible. Lord I know Jesus set me free through His sacrificial death on the cross.I am complete in Christ. I am a new creation in Jesus. Lord I pray you rebuke every spirit of (name your area of bondage).
Please say the Apostles' Creed first, this reaffirms our standing in God's presence.
A short list of common bondages:
Alcoholism, sexual sin, criticism,fear, lying, being judgmental,greed, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, gluttony,smoking, gambling, workholicism.
|I renounce, cancel and refute every signing or having my name signed over to Satan.||I announce and confirm that my name has been written in the Lamb's Book of Life.(Rev 3:5 / Rev 21:27)|
|I renounce, cancel and refuteany ritual, ceremony where I was wed to Satan.||I announce and confirm that I am the bride of Christ.(2Cor 11:2 / Rev 19:7)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute all agreements, covenants, blood pacts that I have made with Satan.||I announce and confirm my covenant with Jesus Christ and that I have been purchased and sealed through His shed Blood on the cross. (Rev 5:9)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute all authority that Satan and his kingdom claims over me, my family, my possessions, my job, my children and the generations because of my participation in any ritual, sacrifice or ceremony to Satan and his kingdom.||I announce and confirm that I have been ransomed by the Blood of the Lamb and that only Jesus Christ has authority over me, my family, my possessions, my job,my children and the generations. (Rev 1:5-6)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute all and every claim that Satan has over me because of my eating of any food offered to idols, false gods, satanic rituals and ceremonies.||I announce and confirm that by faith I am part of the table of Christ. I eat and drink the Body and Blood of Christ. (1Cor 11:24-26)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute any and all baptism in blood etc., whereby I am identified with Satan.||I announce and confirm that I have been baptized in Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ and that my identity is in Jesus alone. (Col 2:12)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute any and all authority of spirit guides & guardians assigned to me.||I announce and confirm that I accept only the leading of the Holy Spirit and that God is my heavenly Father. (Gal 4:6)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute all authority that Satan claims over me through any sacrifices, covenants, promises made on my behalf with satanic kingdom.||I announce and confirm that I have been purchased my the sacrifice of Christ Jesus through his shed Blood on the cross. It is only He who has authority over me and I belong only to Him. (1Cor 12:12-13)|
|I renounce and cancel ever practicing any kind of idol worship, rituals and occult practices. I commit myself to get rid of all objectsassociated with the occult and false religion.||I announce and confirm that I worship only the God of heaven and all creation. I worship only Jesus in whom God the Father has vested all authority in heaven and on earth. (Mk 12:30 / Mat 28:18)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute the teachings that claim human beings can ultimately become gods, including new age movement.||I announce, affirm and believe only in God the Father, the creator of all heaven and earth, and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. I announce and affirm that salvation can be achieved only through Jesus Christ. (Mat 28:19-20)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute, the teachings that say people can achieve righteousness by their own efforts.||I announce and affirm that righteousness can be achieved only through faith in Jesus Christ and a life of holy living. (Eph 2:8 / Heb 12:14)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute the spirits of sexual sin - adultery, perversion,lesbianism,homosexuality, fornication,bestiality,masturbation,oral sex, incest,pornography.||I announce and confirm that my body is the temple of the living God. I have been purchased by the blood of Jesus and a member in the body of Christ. I belong to the kingdom of God.I am totally free now in Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour. (1Cor 6:18-20/ 1Cor 3:16 / Jn 8:36)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute the spirit of anger, unforgiveness,gossip, judgment, rebellion,bitterness, vengeance.||I announce and confirm that I freely forgive all who have ever wronged me. I lay down all bitterness, hatred, envy and all emotions of mine that do not confirm to the attitude of Christ. (Mk 11:25 / 1Cor 2:16)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute the spirit of violence, murder, abortion, envy, ill will, hatred, resentment,intolerance.||I announce and confirm that I have been set free by Jesus Christ and that I have the peace of God and bear the fruits of the Spirit for the glory of God. (Gal 5:22)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute the spirit of self-pity,fear, rejection, loneliness, disappointment, sadism||I announce and confirm that I am a child of the most high God. I affirm that I do not have a spirit of fear but of courage that comes from the Holy Spirit.I am eligible through Christ to inherit all the blessings my heavenly Father has prepared for me. (Rom 8:14-17)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute the spirit of pride - spiritual and worldly, self-righteousness.||I announce and confirm that I am filled with the spirit of humility and the righteousness achieved freely through Jesus. (2Cor 5:21)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute the cravings that are anchored in my mind and body for the desires of the flesh and the pleasure of the world.||I announce and affirm that I will pursue the holiness of God and have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. The world has been crucified to me through Jesus and I to the world and its corrupted wisdom. (Gal 5:24 / Gal 6:14)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute all evil spirits claming authority over me through ancestral sins and curses,all spoken curses and self-imposed curses. I cancel all demonic working that has been passed on to me through my ancestors.||I announce and confirm that I have been redeemed from all ancestral and other curses through the cross. It is no longer I who live but Christ Jesus who lives in me. I announce that I have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Light.I announce and release heavenly blessings into my life.(Gal 3:13-14 / 2Cor 5:17/ Col 1:13)|
|I renounce, cancel and refute...(mention the bondages you need to be set free from).||I announce and confirm that I am totally free in Christ by the grace of my Heavenly Father through the working of the holy spirit by virtue of the shed Blood of Jesus,resurrection and His unceasing intercession. I share in the glory of our Lord Jesus.(Jn 14:23 / 2Thes 2:13-14/ Rom 8:234)|
I take my stand in Jesus agains all satanic strongholds. I submit to you Lord Jesus and I resist the devil. I command you Satan to go from me in Jesus name.
JESUS - THE SHIELD AND RAMPART
Heavenly Father I come to your presence in Jesus name. forgive all my sins and cleanse me from all my iniquity with the Blood of Jesus. Send you Holy Spirit with your healing power that my mind and body may be healed from _________ (mention the sickness). My Lord you rebuke every spirit of sickness that I may experience total and complete healing in my mind and body. I believe Lord that I have been healed through the Stripes an Blood of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour (1Pet 2:24). Jesus, my Lord send forth your word (Ps 107:20) and release your angelic healing ministry (Jn 5:4,7 / Heb 1:14) that I may be blessed.Amen
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HEALED BY JESUS' STRIPES