Our world is filled with events and situations that can cause great fear and anxiety. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and live imprisoned by fear. We are promised in God’s Word that he is faithful and will protect us (2 Thessalonians 3:3). God wants us to let go of fear and to live life to the fullest! (John 10:10) When you are overcome by worry, use these prayers for protection to remember who God is and the protection he has promised you.
1. Prayer for Personal Protection
Father, I come to You today, bowing in my heart, asking for protection from the evil one. Lord, we are assailed moment by moment with images on television, the internet, books and newspapers that leave us vulnerable to sin of every kind. Surround us with Your divine hedge of protection. Encompass us round about with Your strength and Your might. Let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy. And may You shelter us, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12)
Lord, I ask that You protect our minds. Father, the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6) O God, set our minds on You. Let us not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2) Help us by the power of Your Spirit to think on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let our minds dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Strengthen us in the power of Your might, O God. Dress us in Your armor so that we can stand firm against the schemes of the devil. We know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:10-12)
You are our keeper, O Lord, the shade on our right hand. Protect us from all evil and keep our soul. Guard our going out and our coming in. From this time and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen. – by Lynn Cooke
2. Prayer for the Protection and Safety of Family
Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary. – Ryan Duncan, Culture Editor at Crosswalk.com
3. Prayer for Children’s Security
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one. Help them to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go. I pray that they will set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love. I pray they will come to understand the extent of Your own love for them–that it surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school. I pray they will be filled up with You from morning ’til night. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
4. “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” Protective Prayer:
Celtic monks used it to start their day.The hymn was several stanzas long, and the last two stanzas were especially memorable and moving:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
5. “Priestly Blessings” Prayer from Scripture:
Numbers 6:22-27 is known as the “Priestly Blessing” or sometimes the “Aaronic Benediction.” There are seven requests made in this prayer.
The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “’The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”‘ “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
1. The Lord bless you…
The word “bless” means to “provide favor or benefit.” Father, we pray that for our children. You are the Eternal God. Please place Your great kindness and advantage on those we love. May they be approved and favored by You.
2. and keep you…
The Hebrew word “keep” means to “watch, guard, defend.” This is a prayer for protection. Father, my children are not perfect. They are going to make mistakes. But please watch over them and guard them again mistakes of youth that are unalterable. Please defend them against temptation. Protect them against Satan who desires to devour them.
3. the LORD make his face shine upon you…
This is a request for God’s presence.Father, as a parent I know that I can’t be with my children all the time, but You can. Just like they feel the warmth of the sun shining on them, please allow them to experience Your presence. Thank You for being with them wherever they go.
4. and be gracious to you…
Grace is God’s undeserved favor. He gives us what we don’t deserve. Father, thank You for Your gift of grace. I pray that gift to be poured out on my children. Following that great gift of salvation, please show them your kindness and love in all the endeavors of their lives.
5. the Lord turn his face toward you…
Here is a request for God’s fellowship.Father, thank You, that because of their trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in my children. Please walk with them in a powerful way. Enable them to submit to the Spirit’s control day by day and moment by moment.
6. and give you peace.
The Hebrew word for peace used here is “shalom.” It means “completeness, wholeness, and contentment.” Lord, please calm my children’s fears; soothe their anxious souls. Keep them complete and whole in their thinking, emotions, desires, and actions.
7. So they will put my name on ___________ (the name of your child/children).
This is a request of identification. Lord, please place Your holy mark on my children. Set them apart to be used by You. I love them but You love them more. You love them with an everlasting love. May they represent You well on their earthly journey. And when their journey is completed, welcome them home to live forever with You.
(notes by Ron Moore, The Journey)
Prayers for Protection and Safety from the Bible
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” – John 17:15
‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:13
“Because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:10-11
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One of the most important and often over-looked prayers available to the Christian is a Prayer for Protection. Different situations happen in our lives, so you can say a short prayer for protection against evil, harm or prayer for protection from enemies you face in your life. What is this type of prayer? Why is it over-looked? And should you add this prayer to your daily disciplines? These are the questions this article seeks to answer.
If you feel an instinct or small voice inside telling you to pray… then stop what you are doing and pray.
Here are some simple and short prayers of protection against evil, harm, enemies you can use in your daily life.
- Short Prayer for Protection
- Prayer for protection from enemies
- Prayer for Protection from Evil
- Short Travel Mercy Prayer
- Short Medical Protection Prayer
- Protection from Natural Disasters Prayer
These are designed to get you started, as you grow spiritually you will begin praying regularly and it will become like second nature.
Prayer for Protection
The Light of God – surround us.
The Love of God – enfold us.The Power of God – protect us.The Presence of God – watch over us.The Mind of God – guide us.The Law of God – direct us.Wherever we are – God, be our strength and harbor.
Prayer for protection from enemies
God, hear my voice. Lord, listen to my prayer.
Save me from my enemies and their evil ways.Help me to recognize their bad intentions.Do not let the false and hurting words of them touch me.Protect me from devastating enemies actions.Please don‘t let evil to destroy and triumph over my life. God, I can rely only on you this hard hour and only you can save me. I believe and trust you, please listen to my prayer. Amen.
Prayer for Protection from Evil
Heavenly Father I pray that You would protect me and my family from all the evils and from those that would seek to harm us. Uphold us and keep us safe from all the evils that encircle our lives. Put Your hedge of protection and safety around us we pray, and place a guard at our doors and protects us from all that pass by our gate. And Father, keep our hearts from fear but rather fill us to overflowing with Your peace that passes all understanding. Thank You that You are indeed our refuge and strength. You are that ever present Help in time of trouble. In Your strength we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the middle of the sea. Stay with us wherever we go. In Jesus name, Amen.
Short Travel Mercy Prayer
Heavenly Father, please give protection to my Christian brother and sister as they make a long road journey this week. Help them arrive safely at their destination and protect the other drivers along the way. Lord, they have much work to do here, building your Kingdom. Please bring them home safe and sound, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Short Medical Protection Prayer
Father in Heaven, tomorrow I must go to the doctor to get some test results. Father you know the outcome before it happens and you are in control of all things. I pray, if it is your will, those results will come back negative and I will receive a clean bill of health. Please protect my health, so I can continue here on Earth. I say this prayer in the name of my King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Protection from Natural Disasters Prayer
My Father, My God and My Lord. A storm approaches, we have been told and warned of it, but still we are unprepared. Please protect us and protect our friends and neighbours and anyone in the path of the storm. Father you can calm any storm with but a word, and if it is your will I ask that you do so, but if we find ourselves in the middle of the storm, I know you will be with us always. May your name be glorified in all things. I love you and thank you. Amen.
Why We Need Prayer for Protection?
A short prayer for protection can be used in many circumstances for protection against evil, harm, enemies, for travel mercies, natural disasters, health and medical situations, child births, and spiritual warfare just to name a few. They can also take the form of physical protection as well as emotional and spiritual.
At the start I mentioned that a prayer of protection is often over-looked by Christians, especially newborn Christians who are just beginning to explore their faith. So if this describes you, let me first share how much God loves you and wants a very close relationship with you.
A prayer of protection can be used for yourself or others
Obviously being the God that stitched you together in your Mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He knows you far better than anyone, but He wants more than a just physical knowledge of your existence. He wants you to freely share all of your life with Him, He wants you to ask him for your hearts desires, to share your needs and concerns with Him, to rely and trust in Him for all things. “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
A short prayer of protection can be used for yourself or others, often people pray for family and friends when they travel long distances, have medical conditions, are involved in an accident, natural disaster or other tragedy. You can (and should) even pray for your country, it’s military and their leaders for protection.
Always remember, use a short prayer for protection at any time, and if you feel an instinct or small voice inside telling you to pray… then stop what you are doing and pray. The Holy Spirit of God exists within you to guide you and help in times of trouble. Listen to the spirit and pray. Never stop praying.
Also read: GOD HELP ME! Dealing with Hopeless Situations
You can add to this prayer as inspired by the Holy Spirit and through scripture. Pray it as one prayer or use each section as and when required.
Before, you use this prayer, please read Matthew 12:43-45. After expelling the spirits from yourself, you will have to stop sinning, cut out the things of the world and serve God to prevent them from coming back in.
It’s recommended to pray the protection prayer in step 4 or pray the One Warfare Prayer everyday.
For printing: One prayer, Spanish One Prayer. This prayer is also available on YouTube.
Step 1: Confess sins then renounce pride, rebellion and self-centeredness
Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus, I believe that Jesus died on the cross to take my sins and rose again from the dead. I confess all my sins and repent. Vengeance belongs to you God, not me. I forgive everyone who has hurt me and pray for their souls because they don’t know what they have done to me. In Jesus’ name, I transfer all pain, betrayal, rejection, abuse, trauma, shame, guilt and abandonment to the cross of Jesus Christ. I let go of all anger, resentment, hatred, thoughts of revenge and every malicious thought. Father, as I forgive them, please forgive me. (How to forgive everyone). I know that pride is an abomination to you. I renounce pride, rebellion, disobedience, stubbornness and self-centredness. I humble myself and come to You as a little child and ask for forgiveness and deliverance, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Step 2: Breaking all the curses
In the name of Jesus Christ, I break and loose myself and my family from all curses caused by habits, charms, hexes, spells, jinxes, psychic powers, sorcery, witchcraft, love potions, psychic prayers, violence, trauma, physical bondages, mental bondages, incest, illegitimacy, abandonment, rejection and divination, in the family on the mother and father’s side going all the way back to Adam and Eve.
I break and loose myself and my family from any vows I made; from any person or any occult or psychic sources, and any demons coming through the bloodlines. I cancel all invitations made to unclean spirits.
Father, I break and renounce all evil soul ties that I have ever had with (lodges, fraternities, sexual partners, close friends, relatives, engagements, cults, occult objects, dolls, figurines, junk food, cigarettes, drugs, movies, anime, TV shows, computer games, gambling, porn, masturbation, fornication and secular music). I renounce all these ties and declare them destroyed in the name of Jesus.
I renounce, break and loose myself and family from all other religions, especially Roman Catholicism /Hinduism /Islam /Buddhism /Mormonism /Jehovah’s Witness /New Age /Atheism and other religions. I also renounce unbelief, doubt, lies, fear, hatred and anger. I bind and cast out all related spirits.
I renounce, break and loose myself from all demonic subjection to my parents or any human being, living or dead, who has dominated me in any way against the will of God. Thank you for setting me free.
I command satan, to loose all natural resources, land, animals, money, the finances of people who owe us money, and all the things you have stolen from my family that are ours through the blessings of Jesus. Father, please send Your angels to bring these things back to us. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Step 3: Bind the demons and cast out the demons
Through the blood of Jesus, I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil and all my sins are forgiven. The blood of Jesus Christ, cleanses me from all sins. I am justified and made righteous, just as if I had never sinned. I am set apart for God. My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, redeemed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I belong to Jesus now, body, soul and spirit. His blood protects me against all evil. Satan has no more power over me, no more place inside of me. I renounce all evil spirits completely and declare them to be my enemies. Jesus said: “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils: ….” (Mark 16:17). I am a believer, and in the name of Jesus Christ, I exercise my authority and expel all evil spirits. I command them to leave, according to the Word of God and in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Find a strong believer to pray the next section. If you can’t find one, try praying it yourself (or contact me):
Father in heaven, please send your Holy Spirit to fill us up in the name of Jesus.
I ask for legions upon legions of angels from heaven in the name of Jesus to station around us. Angels of the Lord, at Jesus’ command, attack every unclean spirit in Jesus’ name.
I bind the principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness and all the strong demons in the name of Jesus. I command all demons not to transfer, go exactly where Jesus wants you to go and do not come back. I cancel all demonic assignments on this person.
- In the name of Jesus, I remit the sins of this person.
- In the name of Jesus, I separate every foul spirit from this person’s soul in accordance with the word of God in Hebrews 4:12.
- I cut every foul spirit from this person with the sword of the spirit.
- Unclean spirits I command you to manifest and come out in the name of Jesus.
- Demons, I command you to come out of the mouth now and never come back in Jesus name. Go to the pit! (Repeat) Up and out! (Repeat)
- I send Holy Spirit fire to burn you 1,000 times hotter than hell in the name of Jesus. Fire from head to toe! (Repeat) Hotter! (Repeat)
- I send Holy Spirit fire all over your body in the mighty name of Jesus. Fire from head to toe! (Repeat) Hotter! (Repeat)
- I send Holy Spirit fire all over the room, the floor and the ceiling. Fire from head to toe! (Repeat) Hotter! (Repeat)
- Every evil spirit that hears my voice, I command you to tell the truth in the name of Jesus. Tell us your name in the name of Jesus. How long have you been in there? What have you been doing inside? How many are inside? And do you have a legal right to be there?
- Every evil spirit that hears my voice, I command you to attack the strongman. Do not stop in the name of Jesus. I order civil war in the name of Jesus. Evil spirits attack each other in the name of Jesus. Destroy your own kingdom.
- I loose burning judgement and destruction upon you in the name of Jesus.
- I command you to look at Jesus and do what he tells you to do. Look at Jesus! (Repeat) Do what he tells you to do! (Repeat)
- I cut all evil spiritual connections to this body and burn it away in the name of Jesus. Burn off now! (Repeat)
- I torment you demons and give you no rest in the name of Jesus.
- Father in heaven, send power from the third heaven to destroy these demons in the name of Jesus.
- I trample on you demons and shatter your being, in the name of Jesus.
- I come against every unclean spirit by the blood of the lamb. This is a child of God. Their body has been sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
- I rebuke and cast out every unclean spirit to the pit and command them never to return in the name of Jesus.
- Warrior angels, hook into the demons and rip them apart. Send the demons to the pit in Jesus name.
- Warrior angels, flog the demons and choke them out. Send the demons to the pit in Jesus name.
Repeat each command as directed by the Holy Spirit. End the deliverance by giving thanks to God and praising him in the name of Jesus.
Examples of this prayer working: Deliverance Videos (If the prayer doesn’t work for you, there is probably something in your life that gives legal right for the spirits to remain or you haven’t fully surrendered to Jesus).
Step 4: Protection prayers for you who are the body of Christ
Dear Father, please make me a humble servant of people like Jesus Christ. I will push myself down, so that you God can lift me up. Remove my human understanding and wisdom and fill me with your wisdom and understanding. I’m a worm before you, Lord. In accordance with your word, my righteousness is as filthy rags. I can’t do good without you. Please have mercy upon me and help me change day by day to become more like Jesus Christ.
I ask that you please send your ministering spirits to protect your people; and all people and animals that would be sacrificed or cursed by occult practices.
In the name of Jesus, I loose legions upon legions of angels to warfare, restore souls, protect believers, stop us from believing and agreeing with lies and release breakthrough upon myself, my family, friends and the world in the name of Jesus.
I loose the Holy Spirit who is the spirit of understanding and wisdom, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of God, and the spirit of adoption upon myself, family and the world. I invite your Holy Spirit who is the spirit of power, of love, and of sound mind against the spirit of fear.
Father, please pour out your Holy Spirit to convict the world of sins and to soften hearts to see truth. Above all, I pray for your will, Father, to be done on earth even as it is done in heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Now GET WATER BAPTISED BY FULL IMMERSION (if you have a bathtub I’ll baptise you). If you need help with scripture or if you can’t get the demons out yourself, connect with me.
Trust in God
Keep doing self-deliverance by praying everyday and submitting your will to God. This may take weeks or even months. Keep going. Deliverance comes when you are desperate and have faith. If you don’t have faith, read the word of God (see Romans 10:17) and watch deliverance videos.
After deliverance, the spirits will hit you with LIES and then FEAR. Example of lies: “You blasphemed God/Holy Spirit/Jesus” or “You just had an evil/lustful thought.” Then they follow it up with fear: “You’re going to hell.” or “God will never forgive you.”
Rebuke the lies:
In Jesus name, I rebuke you lying, hypocritical spirits. That thought didn’t come from me. It came from you. Depart from me in Jesus name.
Rebuke the fear:
In Jesus name, fear is not from God. I rebuke you fear and come against you with the spirit of love, and of power and of sound mind in the mighty name of Jesus.
To overcome lies and fear, you will need to learn how to stand on the word of God. You will need to keep your mind on God and trust in the word of God to protect you. If you let doubt enter, your peace will be destroyed. Perfect peace comes from thinking about God all the time, trusting him, remembering what Jesus did for you, understanding that you are forgiven when you confess your sins (1 John 1:9) and thanking God for his mercy and grace.
Isaiah 26:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Think of all the good things only:
Philippians 4:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Keep the demons out
Read the bible and do the word of God properly. Start from Matthew and read to Revelation first. Then read the old testament. Why? Because we are commanded to and satan is a biblical scholar and expert legal prosecutor. Watch the video below:
Matthew 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Watch these too:
- Get to know the real Jesus Christ and surrender
- Keep the Holy Spirit alive after deliverance
- Pray powerful prayers
- Break the cycle of temptation and sin
- Be lowly and meek like this guy – learn to be weak: 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
- Help others because the kingdom of God is within you
- This is a playlist of worship music I came across
Also, play the below deliverance video whenever you can to torment and drive out the demons inside you:
Fellowship with real believers:
- Join us for bible study
- Listen to these teachers – Derek Prince. Here are our Bible Study videos.
- Find a real Church that has power to expel demons and heal the sick
If this prayer has set you free from spiritual oppression
Find me on Skype by clicking this link (install Skype first) or contact me on Facebook to share your testimony with me about how Jesus rescued you, so you can give glory to Jesus for what he has done for you.
Matthew 10:32-33 King James Version (KJV)
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Cursed objects and sources of occult power
Sex: fornication (sex outside of marriage), pornography, lustful thoughts, masturbation, molestation, incest.
Strong emotions: hate, anger, greed, rebelliousness, fear, envy, stubbornness, insecurity.
Martial Arts of all kinds: karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts – studying it, doing it or watching it.
“Luck” or “wish”: Using these words, or good luck charms, horseshoes, wishing on a star, four leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, blowing out birthday candles and making a wish, breaking a “wishbone,” (the word luck comes from the word Lucifer — Satan) and gambling.
Physical health related: Biorhythm and feedback, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure and yoga.
Witchcraft: dreamcatchers, tattoos, animal sacrifice, crystal ball, phrenology (fortune-telling by bumps on the head), irisology (fortune-telling by iris of eyes), foot reflexology, palm reading, incense burning, horoscope, book of Hafez, signs of the Zodiac, birthstones, astrology, voodoo, all kinds of magic, astral projection, ventriloquism, levitation, table tipping and water witching (dowsing or divining, also used to find other things), psychometry (divination by objects), Eckankar, out-of-body travel, séances, spirit guides or counselors, Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon, Derren Brown, mind control, Transcendental Meditation and tea leaf reading. Please get rid of all crystals, incense, altars, rosaries and related items.
Games: Ouija board, Charlie Charlie Pencil Game, Dungeons & Dragons (used for advance training of witches), Tarot cards, Yugioh cards, Magic the Gathering cards, Extra Sensory Perception, hypnosis, metaphysics and automatic handwriting analysis, role playing computer games.
Religion: reincarnation, false religions, spiritualism, spiritism, ancestral worship, false cults, freemasonry, fraternities, Kabala, Eastern religion, hinduism, taoism, confucianism, krishna, zen, jehovah’s witness, Rosicrucian, bahai, scientology, Christian Science, islam, black muslim, mooneys. Please get rid of all related related paraphernalia especially pictures and statutes of Jesus, Mary, saints, angels, demons, skulls and idols.
Drugs: illegal drugs, mind altering drugs, psychoactive drugs, smoking, and excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Entertainment: heavy metal music, hip-hop music, TV, MTV and movies, especially horror movies, Harry Potter, violent shows. Please get rid of CDs, DVDs and videos of these.
Other Essential information
Information that will help you avoid many pitfalls that we experienced after deliverances.
Notes on spiritual warfare
The above prayer works due to this universal law:
Philippians 2:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
God is already fighting the battle: When you pray, God is already sending angels and spiritual power to rescue you. Do not hope that God will send angels and spiritual power – know that God is already doing it in accordance with this verse:
1 Corinthians 15:57 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
57 and to God — thanks, to Him who is giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ;
Spiritual warfare is a process: Healing and deliverance can be immediate but often you won’t immediately see the results of your prayer. Why? Because it takes time for God’s angels and the Holy Spirit to cleanse our bodies from corruption. In the case of Paul rebuking the evil spirit from the possessed woman in Acts 16:16, it took one hour for the spirit to depart. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, the leprosy departed as the lepers went to the Priest.
Demons have the power to resist but they cannot resist God’s angels and power indefinitely. In the case of Daniel, a demon was able to resist God’s angel for 21 days before the archangel Michael intervened to assist:
Daniel 10:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Faith is not hope: After praying, give thanks to God for already fighting for us. Don’t hope that God will fight for us. This is the difference between faith and hope.
Mark 11:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
This means believe that we have received or will receive what we have prayed for no matter how long it takes. If your prayers haven’t been answered, keep praying.
How long should we keep asking God? Daniel prayed for 21 days. Abraham was 100 years old when he had Isaac. Elizabeth was well advanced in years when she was pregnant with John the Baptist. So, keep praying. Generally, deliverances from evil spirits take a few days or months. Healing may be instant or take a year or more to occur. Other things like asking God for children could be immediate or take years.
Do not ask God for wealth, fame and power. God will never give us things to satisfy the desires of our flesh. Especially, do not ask for a luxury car or a carpark spot unless it is absolutely needed for God’s work, which is to save souls. God is not our genie. If we asked for these things and received them, it wasn’t from God for God would not desire for us to be in the flesh and die:
James 4:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
When you are in Christ, all your prayers will be answered: If we are walking after the Spirit of God, ask whatever we want and it shall be done for us. But remember this, the Spirit of God has but one purpose: to save souls.
John 15:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Fasting greatly increases spiritual power:
Matthew 17:19-21 King James Version (KJV)
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Note, this implies that Jesus was constantly praying and fasting. It is highly recommended to fast one or two days a week (drink water only). If an old woman of 84 can constantly fast and pray, we can constantly fast and pray:
Luke 2:36-37 King James Version (KJV)
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
The importance of prayer: Prayer is super powerful and important.
Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Create a list of people to pray for and then ask God to do the following daily:
- Pray step 4 of the prayer above. Add below as required:
- Send labourers and angels to release breakthrough.
- Break satan’s hold over people’s lives.
- Destroy satan’s kingdom of darkness.
- Have mercy on the souls of people.
- Send dreams and visions to people.
- Shine the light of Christ into people’s heart and minds.
- Remove the blindness that is over their eyes.
- Send the Holy Spirit to convict people’s heart of their sins.
- Give us his spirit of obedience.
- Do the Father’s will in our life and the lives of others.
- To take more of us and give us more of Jesus Christ.