Prayers for freedom from spiritual strongholds

There is victory through the Blood of the Lamb.

These prayers are very effective in gaining liberation from many strongholds and oppressions due to involvement in any harmful, abusive group or occult practices.

The Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, defeated Satan through His death and resurrection, and it is through His name that you can be delivered from bondage and spiritual darkness.

Stand firm in your faith in Christ Jesus and in His finished work!

NOTE: Since Satan and his demons cannot read our thoughts, these prayers should be said out loud. As a result, because of of the authority of Christ, it obliges them to comply with the Word of God.

If you have never trusted Jesus as your personal Savior and want to receive his free gift of eternal life, you may come to Him now.

What about praying for my children? (reply to a letter to ESN)

If you need help from demonic oppression: Exorcist / Spiritual Warfare Minister / Life Coach


  • Confession of Faith and My Position in Christ   
  • Renouncing Deception and Lies
  • Confession and Freedom from Specific Cult/Occult Strongholds (Includes Worldwide Church of God and any Herbert Armstrong affiliated offshoots) 
  • Forgiving
  • Proud Spirit
  • Moral Issues
  • Cleansing for Participation in the Occult
  • Breaking Satanic or Cult Dedication and Covenants
  • Breaking Soul Ties or Cords of Bondage (control, manipulation & domination)
  • Breaking Curses, Spells and Incantations

Recommended Books:

Between Christ and Satan by Kurt E. Koch
The dangers of occultism and the victory that Christ has won. 

Occult ABC: Exposing Occult Practices and Ideologies by Kurt E. Koch
Discusses 71 occult practices and ideologies of today in light of Scriptural principles. Includes the effects of occult practices and how liberation comes through Christ. Also covers extreme movements of today. Numerous case histories. Read a number of excerpts from the book.

Victory Over the Darkness by Neil T. Anderson, 2000
Realize the power of your victory in Christ.

The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson, 2000
Overcoming negative thoughts, irrational feelings and habitual sins.

The Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelsen
True account. Shows the implications to all who experiment with the psychic field.

Related Material:

Harmful and Dangerous Spiritual Practices

Information on The Occult & Witchcraft  

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Back to Healing From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse

Since prayer for inner healing may be enough to free a person from spirits of trauma, you will want to get to the inner healing prayer as soon as possible.  The spirits will try to block the prayer if they can.  So you may want to formulate the prayer in the following steps.

1. Protection

First, pray for protection.

In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of his cross and his blood, we bind up the power of any evil spirits and command them not to block our prayers.  We bind up the power of earth, air, water, fire, the netherworld, and the Satanic forces of nature.

We break any curses, hexes, or spells sent against us and declare them null and void.  We break the assignments of any spirits sent against us and send them to Jesus to deal with them as he will.  Lord, we ask you to bless our enemies by sending your Holy Spirit to lead them to repentance and conversion.

Furthermore, we bind all interaction and communication in the world of evil spirits as it affects us and our ministry.

We ask for the protection of the shed blood of Jesus Christ over .

Thank you, Lord, for your protection and send your angels, especially Archangel Michael to help us in the battle.  We ask you to guide us in our prayers: share with us your Spirit’s power and compassion.


2. Binding

Bind off the spirit(s) from impeding the healing by a prayer that goes something like this:

In the name of Jesus Christ I command you not to interfere with this prayer.  I bind you off from influencing ’s will, from his mind, from his imagination or emotions, from his memories, and from his body.  I cut you off by the sword of the Spirit from stirring up ’s grief (or fear or any other primary emotional problems).  I command you to be quiet and to leave when we finish our prayer for healing.


3. Extending Forgiveness

If the person has not already forgiven the people who have injured him, help him to do this.

4. Inner Healing

Now lead him in a prayer for inner healing.  There are many ways of doing this, but all inner healing involves asking Jesus to go back to that moment in time, or to that broken relationship, that continues to influence the person.  The prayer does not obliterate the memory; it is nothing like some forms of psychotherapy (like electric shock) that block out the memory.  What Jesus does is take the poison out of the memory, so it can no longer harm the person in the present, and transform it—sometimes in an extraordinary way.

The simplest prayer for inner healing begins in a quiet location where your prayer will not be disturbed.  Then ask Jesus to return to the memory of the event or to the broken relationship where the wounding took place.  Remain in silence and see what Jesus may do.  For an expanded explanation of how best to pray, consult any of the reputable books on inner healing that are available.

After we finish the prayer for inner healing, the spirit(s) of trauma should leave quietly, since they no longer have any foothold: The wound they were infecting has been healed.

At times, however, the spirit hangs on and you need to confront it and cast it out.  But once the healing has taken place and it has lost its hold on the person’s past, it should be relatively easy to cast out.  At other times you may find it best to cast out the spirit of fear or incest (or whatever) first, to help make the prayer for inner healing go more easily.

The difficulty with beginning with deliverance, rather than inner healing, is that since we are ministering to a wounded person and not to an evil spirit, and since the person has already been wounded by broken relationships and a shattered life, we may further wound the person in the process of trying to help.  The feeling of life being against me, and of my being a rotten person, can be worsened by someone deciding that something evil resides in me and starting to command it to go.  It is usually more helpful to represent Jesus as he heals and comforts, rather than in his authority and anger as he confronts and commands evil to depart.

For this reason, if you do start by commanding the spirit to depart, make sure the way you do it—the look in your eyes and the tone of your voice—does not give the impression that you despise the victim of evil, rather than the evil spirits themselves.  In praying against evil, it is easy to make the victim feel that he himself is evil, and it is hard to maintain the balance between hating the sin and loving the sinner.

(Francis MacNutt)

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!

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