Lord Jesus, I know that somewhere in the past my family’s DNA was damaged so that depression has been passed down through the generations. I also know that Satan has taken advantage of this vulnerability to torment my family line.
I acknowledge and confess that my ancestors have sinned, and as a result my DNA has been damaged and I have become vulnerable to Satan’s attack on my mind.
Jesus, as the current representative of my family, I repent on behalf of my ancestors for their sin that brought depression as a curse or iniquity into my family line and damaged our DNA.
Specifically, I repent for any involvement by my ancestors in witchcraft or occult practices such as séances, fortune telling or divination. I repent for their memberships in associations that required oaths and promised curses for breaking those oaths. I repent for any unholy vows they have made. I repent for my actions that have allowed these curses or iniquity to continue.
I forgive my ancestors for their sin and for how they have brought depression and other curses and iniquity into my family. I now renounce all unholy agreements that have been made by my ancestors or me. I renounce any agreements I have made with this curse and iniquity. I now break off any and all generational curses and iniquity that may have come down to me. I break all generational ties to the occult and witchcraft, and sever its influence over my family and me. I place the cross of Christ between me and the sin and genetic damage that has been running through my family. Lord Jesus, I take back the ground and authority that has been given to the enemy. I cancel all assignments and bondages the enemy has against my generational line and me. I take back all authority and control of my life and turn it over to You.
Lord Jesus, please wash each generation with your blood, and I call forth the blessings that have been blocked to come down through all the generations; past, present and future.
I acknowledge that our family DNA may have been damaged as a result of traumatic events in the lives of my ancestors.
I forgive the people who caused the trauma. I forgive my ancestors for agreeing with the fear caused by the trauma and for believing the lie that their minds were permanently damaged. I forgive myself for believing that I cannot escape from the curse or iniquity of depression. I repent for everything my ancestors did in response to this trauma that has brought depression into my generations.
Use the following section as an example of how to pray every day.
I repent for basing my identity on the diagnosis that I have depression. I choose to forgive anyone including myself who has convinced me to believe the lie that my identity is my diagnosis and that I will have this for life.
Through the blood of Jesus, I renounce agreement with the lie that has attached my identity to something other than who Jesus says I am. I break your power in Jesus’ name.
I receive the truth that you, Jesus, have made me in your image, totally accepted, fully loved, and created with a destiny and a purpose. I choose to forgive my mind for failing to work correctly so that I have not been able to control my thoughts.
I repent for believing lies that you won’t heal me, that I will always be depressed, and it will always be in my family. I repent for agreeing with the expectations that my illness is a life sentence. I repent for any vows I have made or curses I have spoken to myself in response to this illness. Jesus, forgive me for believing the lies and agreeing with them, thereby empowering them in my life. I instruct my soul and my spirit to embrace the truth that I will not always be sick.
I repent for everything I have done, said or thought based on those lies. I repent for using depression as an excuse for sinful behavior. I repent for every time I have hurt someone physically or emotionally, including myself because of depression.
I renounce every agreement I have made with the spirits of depression and I command them to be loosed from me and go to the foot of the Cross in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I hand to you, Jesus, the identity I assumed as a depressed person.
Lord Jesus I take back the ground and the authority that I gave to the enemy. I cancel all assignments and bondages the enemy has against any in my generational line and me in the past, present and future. I take back all control and authority of my life and return it to you, Lord Jesus. In the name of Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and in the authority of the blood of Christ, I command all spirits attached to depression and to the lies that I have believed to leave me now in Jesus’ name. Specifically, I command the spirits of depression, fear, insanity, death, suicide, addictions, torment, self mutilation, self hatred, shame, humiliation, inferiority, low self esteem, discouragement, rejection and self pity to leave me now. I speak now to my DNA, “Be healed in Jesus name.” I speak to the nerve cells in my brain, “Be healed in Jesus name.” I declare that I have the mind of Christ. Jesus, I now receive your healing into my body, soul and spirit. Amen.
Whenever you are tempted to return to old thinking patterns or temptations, use these prayers to fight back against the spirit trying to lure you:
I know what you are trying to do to me.
You have no power over me.
I refuse to give in or agree with you.
I send you to the foot of the cross for disposal.
Jesus, what do you have for me in exchange?
Remember to focus on God’s truth in His word, not the lies of the enemy. The verses in Swatting the Fly of Depression are a good starting point.
When I was trapped in this cycle of fear, panic attacks and confusion, I had prayers printed out that I would often read through and listen to. With my mind racing, it was difficult to focus and really press in; so, having a simple way to pray and refocus my mind was very helpful.
This week, I wanted to simply provide a prayer and supporting scriptures that you can print out and use.
Father, who lives and rules in Heaven, let your Kingdom come to earth and be established through me (Matthew 6:10). There is no fear, no anxiety, and no panic in Heaven. Establish your Kingdom in my heart, that I may walk in peace, in confidence and in strength. Open the eyes of my heart (Luke 24:31) to see all that you have for me. Show me how I have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). Help me to receive all that you have for me.
Angels are all around me, ministering to me (Hebrews 1:14). They will guard me according to your word and your command (Psalms 103:20-21). You will not let my foot stumble (Proverbs 3:23).I trust in you, Father, and in you alone. I am your child, and you are my Father (Matthew 23:9). I am seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). I am at rest in your arms.
Father, I look to you as my Source of hope and of peace. You cover me with your wings (Psalm 91:4) and you are constantly fighting for me (2 Chronicles 20:17). Show me that I need not fight, but that I can just rest in you and rest in the promises of your protection (Exodus 14:13). There is no need for me to stress or worry. You will provide everything I need for life, for peace and for protection (Matthew 6:33).
Today, I will not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6), but I will pray to you about everything, casting my cares upon you because you care for me (1 Peter 5:7). You will guide me along the best pathway for me life. You will advise me and counsel me (Psalm 32:8). You will never leave me alone (Hebrews 13:5). You are always with me. Always. Sin cannot separate us (Romans 8:38-39), because in Christ, you remember our sins no more (Romans 10:17).
Thank you, Father, that you have begun a good work in me and that you’ll be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6). I will listen with my heart for you are constantly speaking peace over me (Psalm 85:8). You have the word of life! Father, live in me and through me. I put all my trust in you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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