I have another real good story to pass onto to all of you – once more showing the power of intercessory prayer and how God will not only answer prayer, but sometimes very quickly like He did in this story!
This story happened several years ago with a woman who I used to work with. She called me up one day and said her husband had been under a lot of pressure at work and that it was really starting to get to him.
He works for big airline company and had been employed with them for a long time. He was only 5 months away from retiring, so he did not want to quit with what was going on. He was one of the foremen in the department he was working in.
To make a long story short, this company had hired a guy about 6 months ago to basically be a headhunter and hatchet man. This new man had a very demeaning attitude towards those who were working under him. He acted just like a drill sergeant would if you were in the marines. He was calling his employees all kinds of demeaning names, constantly ridiculing and harassing them, and making their lives at work completely miserable.
My friend’s husband was working on this man’s shift and he was her husband’s direct boss. After about 6 months of working under this kind of severe demeaning dictatorship, my friend said it was really starting to get to her husband and that he could not take much more of it.
Her husband is a good Christian man, but he did not have much knowledge on the real power of prayer, or how to engage with an enemy by going on the offensive against it operating under God’s anointing.
I had immediate leading from the Holy Spirit to give her the following advice.
- Since her husband really did not have much knowledge on spiritual warfare, I told her that she could stand in the gap on his behalf and go directly to God the Father to handle this bad situation for them. I told her with her being his wife, that there was a real good chance that God would honor her prayer on his behalf and that He may just move very mightily to completely take care of this adverse situation.
- I told her to do 2 things. I told her to Plead the Blood against this drill sergeant and any demons who may be operating behind the scenes influencing this man to act like he was doing. I then told her to Plead the Blood with the intentions of stopping any further demeaning attacks coming against her husband from this man.
- I then told her to ask God to take complete care of this situation and for Him to bring complete and total deliverance to her husband from this man. I told her to tell God that her husband could no longer take it anymore, that you were standing in the gap on his behalf, and that you are asking Him to bring complete and total deliverance to him so that he would not quit or possibly get fired from his job by this man.
She went ahead that night and Pleaded the Blood of Jesus and petitioned God the Father with the above request. This prayer was done on a Tuesday night.
The next day – Wednesday – her husband went into work on the regular 8-5 shift that he was working. You won’t believe what happened next when he walked into work that morning!
As soon as he arrived, one of his other bosses called him in to speak with him in private. This other boss told her husband that this drill sergeant that this company had just hired was indeed a hatchet man, and that they had hired him to get rid of some of the dead wood in the place. This drill sergeant was getting ready to fire 6 people on her husband’s shift.
His boss then told him that he was not on the list to get fired – yet! He told my friend’s husband that this drill sergeant did not like him and that he was just looking for a good excuse to also fire him along with the other six people that were definitely going to get fired.
He then proceeds to tell my friend’s husband that he considers him to be a keeper, that he has always been a real good worker for the company, and that they did not want to lose him due to the fanatical whims of this drill sergeant.
So in order to protect him from this hatchet man, they tell him that they are going to transfer him to the third shift, which is the night shift.
This meant that he would no longer be under this man’s dictatorship and that he would be completely set free from him. He would now be working under a completely new and different boss.
My friend said she just about fell over when her husband came home that afternoon and told her about what had just happened.
She had just Pleaded the Blood of Jesus and asked God to take care of this situation the night before – and God literally moved in the space of about 12 hours to completely set her husband free from this man!
What are the odds of all of this happening in just 12 hours after she went on the offensive with the type of battle prayer I drew up for her below? Coincidence? I seriously doubt it!
Just more proof that not only does God answer prayer – but sometimes He can move very quickly like He did in this story. This story is another one to add to our ever-growing list on the power of Pleading the Blood of Jesus and engaging with an enemy head on when we are forced to do so.
Prayer warfare will work if you are willing to step into the arena with God and take your enemy head on like my friend did on her husband’s behalf since her husband did not know how to do this for himself.
This story also shows the power of intercessory prayer – that we can stand in the gap for someone else and pray to God for their deliverance.
I really believe that God loves it when we move into intercessory prayer on behalf of someone else. I think the reason He likes it so much is due to the fact that we are praying for someone else, not for ourselves! Intercessory prayer is a completely unselfish type of prayer since you are not praying to God for your wants and needs. You are praying for someone else’s need. This fact right here is why I believe God will sometimes answer intercessory prayer for someone else very quickly and very powerfully like He did on this story.
The other positive thing about the above story is that it really elevated my friend’s faith in the Lord. It showed her that God could answer one of her prayers – especially if she is standing in the gap for someone else and praying to God for their deliverance.
When you see God move to answer a prayer so quickly and so supernaturally like He did in this case, it makes you want to try it again with Him!
I will let you know if any more good stories like this come in. The above story is just another good faith-booster showing all of us how active God can really get when we properly approach Him with our prayer requests, and are willing to take an enemy head on by Pleading the Blood of Jesus directly against that enemy. I will end this article with the Battle Prayer that I gave to her to set her husband completely free from this adverse situation at work.
The Battle Prayer
Here was the battle prayer I gave her to war against this adverse situation at her husband’s place of work. Notice that she will Plead the Blood of Jesus directly against this foremen, directly against his verbal attacks, and directly against any demons who may be operating behind the scenes influencing this foreman to act like he was acting. I then had her Plead the Blood of Jesus as a bloodline around her husband in order to prevent any more attacks from coming his way.
In the name of Jesus, I now come boldly before Your throne to stand in the gap for my husband. As I know You already know, he has been under severe attack at work from a new foreman who seems to want to get him fired. My husband is only 5 months away from being able to retire and there is no way that he can quit his job at this time
Father, in the name of Jesus, I now ask that You take this battle up for my husband and that You bring complete and total deliverance to him from this new foreman who has been unjustly harassing him.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I now Plead the Blood of Jesus directly against this foreman. I now Plead the Blood of Jesus against all of his verbal attacks against my husband.
If there are any demons influencing this foreman to harass my husband, I now Plead the Blood of Jesus against each and every demon that is operating behind the scenes causing this to happen. Demons, go now, in the name of Jesus Christ! I repeat, go now in the name of Jesus Christ!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I now Plead the Blood of Jesus as a Bloodline around my husband. Father, from this moment on, I believe this Bloodline will now protect my husband from any further attacks from this foreman.
Father, I now ask that You move as quickly as You possibly can to end this harassing situation with my husband, and ask that You bring complete and total deliverance to this adverse situation.
Father, I have full faith and belief that the Blood of Your Son Jesus will now protect my husband from any further attacks from this man, and that You will now move in the time frame You so desire to set my husband completely free from this man.
Thank You Father.
Thank You Jesus.
Thank You Holy Spirit.”
Millions of Christ-followers spend the majority of their waking hours at their place of employment.
Many more have other types of fruitful labor, either in addition to or in place of a full-time job.
As much time and energy as we invest in our God-given labor, few of us are aware of the power of praying the Scriptures over our work.
Whether your job is outside the home, work-from-home, stay-at-home, self-employed, or any other labor under the sun, I believe it’s critical that we conscientiously devote our work to the Lord.
It’s the means through which He provides for our physical needs and the needs of others as we develop a generous heart.
It’s how He grows our character and deepens our faith as we rely on Him for daily strength to do our work well.
It’s how He grants us opportunities to interact with nonbelievers we may not otherwise meet.
I don’t know about you, but with so much at stake, I really think we can’t afford not to bathe our jobs in prayer.
I’m lifting these to the Lord regarding my roles as stay-at-home, homeschooling mom and writer. I hope you’ll join me in praying these prayers for your job, and for any other work God has given you.
Prayers For Your Job
Thank the Lord for instituting work before man’s fall as one of His good gifts, as evidenced by His placement of Adam in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (Genesis 2:15).
Claim God’s promise that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Share with God your heart’s desire to fulfill your work responsibilities at the job He gave you, with His strength and not your own.
Ask the Lord to help you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33) instead of pursuing fame, fortune, worldly success, or the approval of man.
Pray that God would help you walk in wisdom toward unbelievers at your place of employment, making use of opportunities you have to share the gospel with them. Ask that He would allow your speech to be always gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:5-6).
Ask God for the grace to obey those in authority over you at work, not simply in their presence to earn their favor, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Commit to the Lord that whatever you do, you will work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Acknowledge to God that even in your job, you are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:21-24).
Pray that God would keep you constantly aware of your identity in Christ – one who is part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. Thank Him for making you these things not only for your own good, but so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (I Peter 2:9). Ask Him for a faithful heart and obedient lips to proclaim His goodness at every opportunity.
Acknowledge to the Lord that His desire is for hard workers to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:34-35). Ask that He would give you a generous heart and a helpful spirit.
Ask the Lord to help you aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one (I Thessalonians 4:11-12).
Agree with God that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. Share with Him that you don’t want to develop a craving for monetary gain, through which some have wandered away from the faith and caused many problems for themselves (I Timothy 6:10).
Pray you would be faithful in all matters of your work responsibility, whether large or small. Pray that God would help you to be honest, even when under pressure to be dishonest. Confide in the Lord that your heart’s desire is to serve Him, and not money (Luke 16:10-13).
Thank God for modeling a Sabbath rest, as He rested from His Creation work on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2). Ask that He would give you the wisdom and the commitment to follow His example.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the work You have given me to do. Please help me not to take this gift for granted, but to be faithful to You from 9:00 to 5:00 and every moment in between. I ask that You would use me in my place of employment, for Your glory. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.