Praying down strongholds

A 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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

praying down strongholds


Prayers, Declarations and Confessions

Confess and repent of every sin in your life, and ask God to forgive you your trespasses. Also, ask God to forgive those who have sinned against you and claim your righteousness in Christ.

Thank God for his protection.


Reference Scripture: 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;

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 59:1
PRAYER POINTS: Lord separate me from all those and everything that is destroying my destiny in the name of the Lord Jesus

SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:6
PRAYER POINT: I command every stronghold of fear, worry and anxiety to be pulled down in your life.

SCRIPTURE: James 1:20 PRAYER POINT: I decree and declare that every stronghold of anger to be destroyed in Jesus mighty name.

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:33
PRAYER POINT: Any agent of darkness masquerading as a friend, be exposed and disgraced in the name of Jesus

SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 5:14 PRAYER POINT: I command every evil mouth with satanic anointing speaking against  my business, my family and my properties to be closed forever, in the name of Jesus

SCRIPTURE: 2 Thessalonians 1:6 PRAYER POINT: O lord  God  give enough trouble to those who trouble me so that they won’t have enough time to trouble me, in 2016, In JESUS Name.

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 18:21 PRAYER POINT: Every curse issued against my life, my business, my family  be broken, in the name of Jesus.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 120:1
PRAYER POINT: Repeated chains of problems, your time is over, you will not cross over with me to 2016, be destroyed in the name of Jesus

SCRIPTURE: Joel 2:25 PRAYER POINT: I pursue, overtake and recover my properties from the hands of spiritual robbers in the name of Jesus.

O lord as I enter 2016  let me find  favour in your sight, in my going out and coming in from January to December, in  the name of Jesus

Thank you, lord,  for answering my  prayers. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (NKJV).  Now before we talk about how to pull down strongholds (spiritual strongholds) we need to answer the following questions:

What are the weapons we fight with?  Well, we know they are not of the world, and they are divinely powerful (v. 4).  All those pieces of armor we talked about earlier, though they were discussed as being mainly for defense, can also be used as offensive weapons.  And we have many other weapons too, such as obedience, humility, joy, love, and of course prayer.  And all of these come from God.  In fact, we could say that God is our weapon against sin and all the forces of evil.  For example, if we have love, if we have faith, if we have prayer that we use to battle with, they all are of God.  We have no love in ourselves, no faith in ourselves, and we cannot pray by ourselves.  We can do nothing of ourselves, not even seek God.  He seeks us out and draws us to Him.  Then He puts love and faith and prayer into us.  We battle by the power of God alone.  All the weapons He gives us, we could say, are instruments to channel His power through us.

 What is a spiritual stronghold?  The word “stronghold” (achurooma), in 2 Corinthians 10:4 (as it is translated in the NIV), could also be rendered as a strong fortification.  And from verse 5 we must conclude that “arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (NIV) is what is housed in and really is what makes up this fortification.  Hence, a stronghold (a spiritual stronghold) is a place in the mind where there is an accumulation of thoughts that seem to give a good reason to sin.  It is an accumulation of arguments for evil.  This place in the mind is a place of moral darkness where demons like to go and where they feel comfortable and protected—because wherever sin is harbored that is where demons dwell.

How do we recognize a spiritual stronghold?  That is, how do we know if we have a stronghold?  Is every sin a stronghold?  Well, I would say, to the degree that you harbor sin and habitually sin, to that degree you have a stronghold.  If you are not willing to let go of a sin, then yes, you have a stronghold.  And I am of the opinion that if you have a sinful habit you also have demons in your life—because demons like to go where sin is harbored.

But, basically, you know that a person has a stronghold in his mind when lies become truth to him.  And, when that stronghold is extra strong, that person will profusely argue against the truth.  For instance, when people argue and say there is nothing wrong with abortion, or homosexuality, or adultery, or lust, or the occult, then you know those people have strongholds because we know those things are wrong.  They have believed a lie.  Here then are…

Five Ways to Pull Down Strongholds

1.  Submit to God in humility.  If you are praying for a friend, ask God to humble him.  If you have contact with your friend, counsel him to submit to God.  Humility is the weapon used against pride.  We need to break down pride first because it is the sin that protects and holds together all the strongholds.  Thus, when pride is removed Satan will flee (Ja. 4:7), and the strongholds are weakened.

2.  After pride is removed—which could be considered as a stronghold in itself—ask God to expose all other strongholds.  Make a list of each one as God reveals them to you.

3.  Repent of all sin that makes up each stronghold and determine not to think that way any longer.

4.  Replace every lie with truth; and for every lie memorize a verse of truth.  For example, for the lie, which says, “I am a failure, I can do nothing right”—memorize Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

5.  Build strongholds of truth.  Don’t be satisfied with memorizing just a few verses.  Build huge strongholds of truth by memorizing many verses.  Try to memorize at least three verses for every lie.  The more verses you have committed to memory the better your defense will be against Satan.

This post is from the book Prayer A to Z, and is also in the book Purpose of Prayer.

Dear God,

I lift up women with broken hearts. Wives who feel mistreated or taken advantage of! I pray You would restore their hearts. Grab their husbands hearts and transform them! Break any strongholds that the enemy has including addiction, alcoholism, workaholism and negative attitudes. Break the chains of poor health, foolishness, and sin. Let loose the grip of cancer, disease, slavery, and bitterness. Lord, reconcile husbands to their wife. Redeem the promise they made at the alter and the love that motivated that promise. Tear down the strongholds in their marriage for Your glory in Jesus’ name AMEN!

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