What strongholds are you battling? Finances? Sin? Stress? Relationships? Faith? Depression? Waiting on The Lord for Guidance? What are you facing?
John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 shows that the plans of the enemy are to hinder, discourage, bring harm and destruction to us. But the good news is that we have a weapon far greater than the forces of evil, the sword, Word of God.
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Prayer to tear down strongholds
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your precious name. Lord, tear down the strongholds in my life. I cry out to you because I need you, for without you I am nothing.
God without man is still God, but man without God is nothing. Help me not just to pray words, but execute the actions to follow.
I speak forgiveness, not only in my life but in the lives of my friends and family as well. I need deliverance and guidance each and everyday. Give me the faith I need, Oh Father, to believe these words as I pray.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
John 16:13 When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
I want to present my heart that truly loves and trusts in you, Oh Lord. Help me to find enough forgiveness and belief to forgive those who’ve hurt me or caused me pain.
I love you, Oh God of my salvation. Help me as I struggle to keep your commandments. Help me to love as You do, even though I may fall short at times.
Oh God, my Strength, my Healer, my Savior, forever! I give you all the praise, honor and glory you deserve, withholding nothing, I surrender all to you.
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Overcoming adverse situations
Redeemer, truly let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.
I want to be closer to you Lord, and not try to resolve the situation on my own, that the fire may blaze higher. I need to be still and remember that you are God.
Let me be able to endure as a good soldier, as I charge into the battles ahead. Grant me that peace that surpasses all understanding.
I need to know your word, more and more. I want your word to be written/engrained/tattooed on my heart.
Oh Father, I pray that You change my heart as well. Shield my mind and keep me safe and focused on you and Your Word. In Jesus’ most precious, mighty, and powerful name, Amen.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Worship Song: Tasha Cobbs – Break Every Chain (with Lyrics)
I’m a young Christian, from South Trinidad, seeking the wisdom of the Word and God’s blessings on my life. A journey, that’s just begun, but living to the Glory of God.
Prayers for healing are often only one part of a person’s restoration. Root causes of physical infirmities, mental illnesses, and emotional problems must be addressed as well. Many diseases can be traced to an event of severe trauma or high stress. For that reason, ministering healing often begins by dealing with trauma. Trauma and stress can affect all areas of your body and mind. Your body’s cells have cellular memory’ that recalls and absorbs traumas until God sovereignly intervenes. In response to prayer, the trauma is cursed and its power broken. Jesus also heals traumatic emotional memories and responses. Emotional issues, such as recurrent or irrational fear, is often traced to a situation from birth or childhood that is provoking the abnormal response.
PHYSICAL TRAUMA: Stress-Related Disease
There are two approaches to praying for trauma or stress-induced sickness. I can pray for necks, backs, and other illnesses brought on by stress such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers, and sleep apnea, just to name a few. Or I can tell you how to get rid of stress, and you won’t have to pray over those illnesses again.
Stress is part of life. The source can come from family, finances, job, church, accidents, injuries, hospitalization, friends, strangers…and more. Research shows that 75 percent of visits to doctors’ offices are stress-related.2 Getting rid of stress often becomes more important than praying for somebody’s neck or back, even though you need to minister to both problems. To be healed and stay healed, identifying the root cause of a disease is essential.
A man had been seriously injured in a traumatic car accident several years before. He needed a new knee. Many people, including the man himself, had prayed for his knee to be healed. When he came to me for ministry, I chose not to pray for his knee. Hearing his story, I identified trauma as the root and knew that had to be taken care of before his knee could be restored. When I prayed, “In the name of Jesus, I curse that trauma and I command it to be gone,” his knee was totally and instantly healed. Trauma is like a magnet to sickness—eliminate the trauma and the sickness will go away.
EMOTIONAL TRAUMA: Rejection, Betrayal, Unforgiveness, and Fear
Some people want to die because they can no longer endure the pain in their heart. They believe a serious illness is God’s way of taking them off this earth so they don’t have to live with that crippling pain anymore. When a person cleanses him or herself of worry, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, and the trauma that brought on stress, that person’s heart becomes clean and whole. With nothing to feed on, disease will leave. It is starved to death. Now, you are going-to learn how to starve some diseases to death.
During a meeting in Oklahoma, two women were comparing their mid-sections to see whose was bigger. One was about eight months pregnant, the other was not pregnant. Their abdomens were nearly the same size. Through a word of knowledge about an abdominal problem, I called the woman who was not pregnant to the podium. She had 40 tumors in her stomach. I prayed, “Father, I curse those tumors and command them to be gone, in Jesus’ name.” Immediately, she went from a size 18 down to a size 12. The Holy Spirit also revealed to me that she was dying on the inside. Place your hand over the heart when praying for emotional or physical healing.
When I place my hand near someone’s heart, I can sense what is going on in his or her life. I put my hand over the woman’s heart and prayed against spirits of trauma, rejection, abandonment, and abuse. She started crying. Her pastor was also crying as he repeated, “I love you, Suzie,” and she was saying, “I love you, Pastor,” back and forth. I asked her to repeat what her pastor said to her, and she answered, “I love you, Pastor.”
“That’s not what he said.” She started to say, “I love you…” but she couldn’t speak. I encouraged her, “Come on, you can say it.” She choked and almost gagged. Finally she repeated, “I love you, Suzie.” “Say it again,” I said. I had her repeat those words 15 to 20 times. I wanted to make sure she believed it. Why? She had a terrible self-image because all she saw was the abuse and shame of her past. In an instant, God changed her self-image. He not only set her free from her past, but He was also preparing her for His call on her life. She could not love others if she could not love herself. If you are ashamed of what you look like and don’t want to talk to anybody else, the last thing you want to do is minister to others. She used to wake up every morning, look at herself in the mirror, and say, “You are so ugly.” Now she wakes up, looks in the mirror, and says, “I love you, Suzie. You are beautiful!” A few days later, she joined us in Arkansas.
Glowing and looking 20 years younger, she told us she would be back for service that night after getting something to eat. At the restaurant, she saw a man who was having great difficulty getting to his chair. Talking to the man, she learned he had a back problem that had caused excruciating pain for over ten years. He and his family came to the meeting that night, and the entire family was healed. Her response is an example of what happens after you go through a healing school and receive your healing. When you see somebody in need, you will want to reach out to minister to that person. Some people’s hands automatically extend toward the person in need, and others raise their hands in the Spirit. You will know when you walk in His anointing and direction. If this lady had not received healing of her wounded self-image, she wouldn’t have had the boldness to speak to the sick man. She had been too ashamed of herself to get out of her shell and pray for someone else. Her healing and restoration made her feel like a new creation. Her testimony gave many others the faith to believe for and receive their healing as well as the self-confidence to minister to others.
If you have ever been betrayed, you are in good company. Jesus was betrayed. Paul was betrayed. Betrayal by a friend, spouse, or a member of your church is very painful. It is not the betrayal but how you react to it that counts, however. Your response to betrayal can affect your health because anger, bitterness, depression, and unforgiveness can eat away at your body and emotions, releasing stress hormones and weakening your immune system. What should you do if you have been betrayed? Notice Paul’s response to betrayal in Second Timothy 4:16-18: At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! Paul is a model of how to respond to betrayal. He did not let the effects of betrayal cling to him. What did he do? First, he prayed for those who had betrayed him (verse 16). This implies that he forgave them. Second, he relied on God instead of man and declared his faith in Him to deliver him ‘from every evil work” (verse 18). In effect, he put the negative situation behind him. Jesus tells us, “And whenever y011 stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). Unforgiveness keeps both you and the person who betrayed you in bondage. Forgiveness looses both of you. “…Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 16:19).
Prayer for Betrayal
Father, I forgive for betraying me and I ask You to separate that sin from and put it on the cross of Jesus, never to be held against again, in Jesus’ name. And Father, please forgive me of anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness toward. Put my sin on the cross, never to be held against me again. In the name of Jesus, I command the spirits of anger, bitterness, and rejection to leave me and I break their power over me. Thank You, Jesus, for Your promise, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So al may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:5-6).
Have you ever heard a child say, “I am sorry,” without truly meaning what he or she said? Adults do the same thing when they go through the motions of forgiveness but don’t forgive from the heart. Hurts and disappointments come from all directions. People can often hurt, reject by word or deed, criticize, or disappoint you. Unless you learn how to properly deal with your reactions, unforgiveness can grip your heart and become a stronghold.
Learning how to deal with unforgiveness often begins with your relationship with your parents. While some people grow up in dysfunctional families, even loving and well-meaning parents make mistakes in childrearing or fall short of their children’s expectations. Some parents don’t teach their children the value of forgiveness because they never learned or practiced it themselves.
Check your heart for bitterness. Is there anything you are still holding against your parents? Are you remembering something about your spouse, brothers, sisters, or other relatives: Perhaps friends, teachers, colleagues, bosses, or members of your church hurt you. Is then anyone you have not forgiven? As you think about each person, do you feel resentful, troubled, or peaceful? Offenses are part of life. The question is, how do you deal with that offense’ You can choose to not take offense at the situation, but to instantly forgive and forget.
Jesus is our example. As He was crucified, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). Even as He endured suffering, Jesus interceded with the Father, mercifully pointing out the weakness of His tormentors. He also taught His disciples the importance of unequivocal and perfect forgiveness:
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt” (Matthew 18:21-27).
Jesus, “moved with compassion,” forgave all your sins. Who are you to refuse to forgive others? Forgiving those who have sinned against you releases God’s love and compassion to flow through you. The effect of this decision is peace in your heart and health in your body If you choose not to forgive, the destructive effects of Unforgiveness will boomerang on you. Unforgiveness is a poison that you drink, hoping that the other person is going to get sick. If you refuse to forgive, you are the one who will get sick. Unforgiveness leads to resentment, fear, and stress, which lowers the immune system and opens the door to arthritis and other diseases. Unforgiveness also keeps you in spiritual bondage. It clogs the conduit from you to God. You have to choose to end this never-ending cycle and clean this garbage out of your life. Jesus said:
…If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:1445).
Go through your checklist and pray. Does the thought of any person on your list cause feelings of anger, bitterness, resentment, or discomfort? That could be a sign that you need to forgive him or her. Jesus told Peter to forgive people “not…seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matt. 18:22). Just as Jesus forgave those who killed Him, the Son of God, you are not to forgive based on who was right or wrong, but in obedience to God.
Prayer for Forgiveness
Father, I forgive for hurting me. Separate this sin from and put it on the cross, never to he held against again. Father, bless _____. (Repeat this prayer for anyone else you need to forgive.) I ask Your forgiveness for the anger, bitterness, and Unforgiveness in my heart against _______. I receive Your forgiveness. Thank You, Father, in Jesus’ name.
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“Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (strongholds). We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
As we growing in our walk with God, the enemy will fight hard to discourage and defeat us. To overcome these personal attacks we must understand his methods. He will most often try to defeat us through our minds (our thought lives).
This battle is very strong because it goes on continually. When we wake up in the morning and throughout the day, fiery thought darts assail our minds. Our enemy knows that if he can rule in our thoughts, then he can defeat us in our actions, including our prayer lives. We don’t realize the number of negative thoughts that bombard us daily. And they are powerful. They can destroy relationships, affect ministries, drain us of health and energy, as they impact almost every area of our lives. We must learn to take every thought captive to Christ and not listen to the lies of the enemy.
Learning to destroy strongholds of the mind will have a dramatic affect in the life of every person who wants to serve God wholeheartedly. We must take captive our thoughts and learn to walk in God’s truth. The following prayer articles can help you walk in a greater freedom in your own personal life:
- Battlefield of the Mind
- Breaking Strongholds Over Cities and Nations
- Comprendiendo las Fortalezas del Enemigo
- Destroying Personal Strongholds
- God is My Stronghold
- How to Overcome Despair
- Strongholds Hinder Prayer
- Thoughts and the Battlefield of the Mind
The book Breakthrough Prayer: Praying God’s Truth, Destroying Enemy Lies will help you to learn to break strongholds in your own life.
Breaking Stronghold articles by Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International IHOPKC
1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Romans 6:12-18; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:16-23; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 13:4
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the blessings that have come down to me from my ancestors on my father’s line and my mother’s line.
But I also acknowledge that as a result of their sinful beliefs and practices, they had also sinned against you in many ways.
Today I choose to forgive my ancestors for the consequences of their sexual sins that have affected me.
Please break the yoke and power of this generational curse of sexual sins off me.
Please forgive me too for my own sexual sins.
I know I am enslaved to these sins and that I am powerless to deliver myself.
I acknowledge that You can help me and that Jesus have already paid the debt for my sin.
All I need to do is claim it personally, for Jesus, had bore all of my sins, past, present and future when He died for me on the cross.
I accept the gift of grace offered to me through Jesus’ sacrificial death.
I thank You that You know everything about me. Help me to be completely truthful with You. I don’t need to hide any more.
If I confess my sins, You are faithful and just and will forgive my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Father, right now I choose to repent and renounce my sins of *(sexual lust / fornication / adultery / mental sexual fantasies and pleasure / pornography / masturbation / lasciviousness / sexual promiscuity / debauchery / sensuality / prostitution / homosexuality / lesbianism / voyeurism / degrading passions / …………………….. / ……………………… ).
* (Please pick only those that are relevant to you. You may add in those that are not found here).
Father, You sent Jesus to rescue me from this body of death!
I don’t have to be a prisoner to sin. This battle that rages over my body originates in my mind making me a slave to the sin that is still at work within me.
Right now, I surrender my mind to You.
Please cleanse my mind on the conscious, subconscious and unconscious levels.
Jesus, please Lord over my mind, my thought patterns and attitudes.
You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways (Psalm 139:1-3).
Come and dwell in me, Lord, by Your Holy Spirit, and set me free to live in Your resurrection life.
Please break the control and manipulation of sexual thoughts and images over my mind, body and sexuality.
Please forgive me and set me free from all consequences of my sins.
Please cleanse me of all defilement of spirit, mind, will, emotions and body.
Cleanse my eyes, ears, hands and sexual organs too.
In Jesus’ name, Father, lift off me all sexual spirits of lust.
The reason Jesus appeared was to destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:7-8).
Lord, I have been a willing party to the devil’s work. Thank You that You appeared on this earth to die and be raised again to destroy his work.
Please destroy the works the devil has accomplished in me and through me. Set me apart for Your work from now on.
According to Your Word, no one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him (1 John 3:9).
Please help me to understand and admit that I cannot simply go on and on indefinitely in my sin and claim to belong to You.
I acknowledge to You that my body was not meant for sexual immorality, but for You, Lord.
You were meant to take authority over this body and bring it sanctification and meaning.
I know that my body is a member of Christ Himself.
I shall not then take the members of Christ and unite them in ungodly sexual relationships, whether real or virtual (1 Cor 6:13-15).
I renounce the use of my body as an instrument of unrighteousness and by so doing, ask You to break the sexual stronghold that the devil has brought into my life.
Please help me to exercise godly control over my sexual urges.
I have simply misused my body. Please cleanse it for Your use.
I present my body to You as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You and I choose to reserve the sexual use of my body only with my spouse.
In Jesus’ name, I renounce the lie of the devil that my body is not clean.
Father, I thank You that You have totally cleansed me unconditionally.
Jesus please Lord over my body and my bodily appetites, my sexuality and sexual expressions.
Therefore, I can now accept myself. And I choose to accept myself and my body as cleansed, in Jesus’ name.
I know that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in me, whom I have received from You. I am not my own; I was bought at a price. Therefore please help me to honour You with my body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Since I have been raised with Christ, help me to set my heart on things above, where Christ is seated at Your right hand, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1).
Please take my passions and redirect them first toward You. Be the chief focus of all my passions and create a new heart within me.
In Jesus’ name. Amen!