40 PRAYER POINTS AGAINST SPIRITUAL ATTACKS
2 Corinthians 10:4
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
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It is no doubt that the devil is real (1 Peter 5:8 ‘’Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour) and he is fond of carrying out his three fold ministry on human beings. He goes through the medium of demonic spirits and willing individuals to carry out his evil works.
What is his three fold ministry? See John 10:10 ‘’ The thief cometh not but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy but I(Christ) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly.
Spiritual attacks are one of the works of the devil. It happens in different ways: for some it can be an attack against their health, for some people, it could be their finance and for some it could be their marriage.
If you are presently having difficulties in your business, career, marriage or spiritual life and you have carefully search for all physical reasons why this may be happening but you are unable to pinpoint what is actually causing the retrogression, health failure and series of afflictions you are going through, then you have to pray these 40 prayer points against spiritual attacks because everything that happens in the physical starts from the spiritual, you must be ready to fight as you pray these 40 prayer points against spiritual attacks so you can recover all the enemy has stolen and to have your peace restored.
Wondering if you can conquer the devil and his sponsored spiritual attacks? The word of God assures victory in 1 Corinthians 15: 57 But thanks to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our victory is secured in Christ through prayers as it is written in James 5:16b ‘’The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’’.
Just before we go into the prayers, let’s see some of the causes of spiritual attacks
Causes of Spiritual Attacks And How To Avoid Them
- Spiritual slumber
The scripture says in Matthew 13:25 ‘’But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. When a person longer pays attention to his spiritual life and relationship with God, such person is likely not going to see when the devil is planning attack and because his spirit man has been starved of the Word of God, they may be no resistance at all to the incoming attack by his body and this is why the Word of God encourages us to ‘’pray without ceasing’’ in 1Thessalonians 5:17. To avoid spiritual attacks, you must pray always as prayer is one of the effective ways of preventing spiritual attacks.
2. Keeping Ungodly relationships
2 Corinthians 6:14 says: Be ye not equally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?
Keeping ungodly company is a very risky thing to do as a believer, because they don’t share your beliefs, they likely don’t fear God the way you do, so when you keep company with them, you are practically opening yourself up for spiritual attack as you wine and dine, move around, and share items with them.
Therefore, try as much as possible to avoid being too close or intimate with an unbeliever so as to avoid spiritual attacks.
1 John 3 :6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known
This is the most effective tool the devil uses in destroying individuals who don’t have Christ, or those who have accepted Christ but are still willingly engaging in sinful acts. Sin is a destroyer and it gives the devil free access to a person’s life, therefore, a sinful man will most likely experience spiritual attacks than one who is saved.
However, if you are ready to stop living a sinful lifestyle, Christ is also ready to forgive you, confess your sins and repent of them totally before we get to the prayer section.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
4. Unbridled Tongue
Proverbs 21:3 ‘’ Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
The tongue is a very powerful part of the body, with it victory can be won through prayers( Just as you will pray these 40 prayer points against spiritual attacks and you will win in Jesus mighty name), and with it also, a person can open the door for spiritual attacks against his or her family. Speaking to strangers(those who do not belong to the Christian faith) for instance, about the ills of your family can attract spiritual attacks against the home. Also, speaking evil or making complaints about your children, your spouse, your business and relatives to the wrong persons can attract spiritual attacks in the home. Remember, the devil keeps walking up and down like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour, therefore, lets endeavor to bridle our tongues so as to avoid being vulnerable to spiritual attacks.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” A proud fellow will likely not see when he is walking in dangerous spiritual zones, his heart may be so filled up with pride that he will become unyielding to spiritual warnings and these may open the door for spiritual attack because as the scripture says: Whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him’’
To avoid spiritual attacks, you have to be humble, honor God and always seek to understand the will of God concerning any decision you want to make.
40 Prayer Points Against Spiritual Attacks
- Oh Lord please fill me your power as I pray that I may overcome all spiritual attacks in, the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- By the authority in the name of Jesus Christ, I decree that every of my prayer points is empowered to bring me victory over spirit attacks, in the name Jesus.
- By the power in the name of Jesus Christ, I destroy every demonic attack over my health now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
- Satanic arrows fired against me to attack my health, speedily go back to your sender now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
- Satanic attack against my finances, I destroy you now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
- Every satanic personality assigned to become friends with me in order to attack my marriage, I command you to die now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- Every instrument of attack stationed in my surrounding by the enemies of my family, I command such instrument to scatter by fire now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
- O you demon sponsoring sickness and affliction in my family in order to attack our finances, receive the judgment of fire now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- You agent of destruction hired to destroy me and my family, I command you to die by fire, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- Every force of darkness planning attack against my children, I command you to scatter now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
- Every door I have opened that has given the enemy access to my family, I command them to be shut now by fire, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- Every evil load that has been deposited into my life through evil attacks, I command you to catch fire now, in the name of Jesus
- You satanic structure built around my life to attack my progress, I command you to be destroyed now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- Every device connecting my home to any altar of darkness, I command you to catch fire, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- I decree that my life is free from all satanic attacks, in the mighty name of Jesus.
- I decree that my finance is free from every stronghold of darkness, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
- I decree that my marriage is free from satanic attacks, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- I receive total restoration of everything the devil has stolen from my life, in the mighty name of Jesus.
- Everything the enemy has stolen from my marriage, I take them back by the blood of Jesus Christ.
- Seeds of frustration sown into my life, I uproot you now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- Seeds of depression sown into my life by the enemy, I command you to die by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- Every loophole in my life that is giving the enemy access to attack my finances, I block them all by the blood of Jesus Christ.
- Fire of the Holy ghost possess me now afresh and destroy every seed of the enemy in my destiny, in the name of Jesus Christ
- In the name of Jesus Christ I decree that the plans of the enemies shall no longer excel in my life and in my family, in the name of Jesus.
- I decree every altar of darkness assigned against my peace I destroy you now, in the name of Jesus Christ
- Powers of darkness orchestrating evil attacks from their evil altars against my finances I command your plans to expire now, in the name of Jesus Christ
27 In the name of Jesus Christ every handwriting of error made against me I render you powerless.
- Every destiny helper that has deserted me as a result of satanic attack I decree locate me now, in the name of Jesus Christ
- Every business deal and contract that I have lost as a result of satanic attack over my finances I begin to recover them all by the blood of Jesus Christ.
- I surround my destiny with the fire of the Holy Ghost, I declare that no harm will come near my life again, in the name of Jesus. No satanic attack shall come near me again, in the name of Jesus Christ
- Altars of darkness established around my family I command you to catch fire now, in the name of Jesus Christ
- Evil covenant that is speaking against my life and my destiny, bringing evil attacks against my life; I command you to expire now by the blood of Jesus Christ, I notify such covenants, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- The ancestral curse that has been placed on my lineage which is introducing satanic attacks against me, I command such curse to be destroyed now, in the name of Jesus Christ
- I declare every of our long-time blessings that we have lost as a result of satanic attack locate us now, in the name of Jesus Christ
- This year I shall have 10 fold and much more restoration, of all that I have lost, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Helpers of my children that has long forgotten them, I command you to locate them now, in the mighty name of Jesus
- you satanic source of spiritual attack in my life, die by fire, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
- Father I decree that all my husband has lost as a result of spiritual attack , be restored now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
- Father I thank you for great deliverance of my family from spiritual attacks, in the name of Jesus.
- Thank you for the grace to continue working in holiness and peace, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
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Prayers for Hope in Spiritual Warfare
My Hope and Refuge
Ah, Lord God, holy lover of my soul, when you come into my soul, all that is within me will rejoice.
You are my glory and the exultation of my heart. You are my hope and refuge in the day of my trouble. Set me free from all evil passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections, cure and cleanse me within, that I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, steady to persevere.
Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing more courageous, nothing fuller nor better in heaven and earth; because love is born of God, and can not rest but in God, above all created things. Let me love you more than myself, and love myself except for you; and in you all that truly love you, as the law of love commands, shining out from yourself. ~ Source: Thomas à Kempis
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Hope that Comes from God’s Promise
O Father in heaven, look upon all your people who struggle with anger, anxiety, doubt, frustration, guilt, hopelessness, loss, memories, lack of patience, pain, regret, sadness, selfishness, temptation, and weakness.
Your holy Word tells us “All things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” And that means that you make all these things work for your good purpose in our lives, even when we do not understand.
Remind us of your invitation, “Cast all your cares upon me,” and of your assurance that goes with it, “because I care for you.” …through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2017
“All things work together…” is a reference to Romans 8:28
“Cast all your cares… is a reference to 1 Peter 5:7
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5 Prayers to Pray When You Are Under Spiritual Attack…
There’s nothing that shakes the kingdom of darkness more than a believer that prays in fearless faith in God.
When we believe in the truth of God’s ability to deliver us from our situations, it dismantles all of the enemy’s attacks.
Discouragement, depression, and despondency all lose their grip in the midst of unshakable faith.
The Bible says that God gives us a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Think about this!
Faith frees us up to walk in the fullness of this spirit. Fear, however, robs us of accessing this level of spiritual awareness and keeps us from fully stepping into who we are in Christ.
Take back your position through the power of prayer. Operate convinced in the belief that God is who He says He is and that He can do just what He said He can do. These prayers can help unshackle your faith.
Here are 5 Prayers to Pray when you are under spiritual attack…
Help me Lord
“Father right now in the name of Jesus I hold fast to the truth of who You are in my life.
Oh Righteous One, I know and believe that my help comes from You. There is nothing in my pathway that can prevent me from walking in the fullness of favor, love, and complete unity with the Father, Son, and The Holy Spirit.
I believe Lord, that even as the words are leaving my mouth…blessings are coming my way, doubt is leaving, and faith is replacing fear.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Renew My Mind Lord
“Lord, I know that you are in control.
Wrong thoughts I take you captive! Every mindset that does not align with the Kingdom of God is dispelled now in the name of Jesus.
No weapon formed against me shall prosper, including those that are self-constructed. I allow the Holy Spirit to have full reign over my thought life and listen closely with intent for His voice.
Strengthen me, Oh Lord, and grant me the might of Your Spirit. Transform me through and through by the power of Your Spirit.
Teach me to master my thoughts. I love You and thank You for continual benevolence.”
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Thank You Lord
“Heavenly Father, great is Your faithfulness and mighty are Your works. You are a God who sees, hears, and causes Your servants to prosper.
Let me never forget the consistency of Your ways motivated by Your endless love for me.
Lord teach me to grow in thanksgiving careful to make sure that You alone are glorified by the fruit of my life.
Father help me to rise above the attitude of entitlement. Instead remind me daily by Your Spirit to focus on the impeccability of Your track record.
Foster in me a lifestyle that relies on You daily.
In Jesus’ name I pray
Lord, I Know You’re Able
There is nothing that can stand in the way of my victory.
God, I decree and declare that You always cause me to triumph. If God be for me then nothing can truly stand in the way of my success.
Father You alone know the end from the beginning. You spoke and life was formed, You breathed and stars appeared.
Heavenly Father, I trust in You alone. I give you my life putting every situation at the altar.
Empower me with Your Spirit and keep me ever fueled by Your unchanging Word. Truth, honor, and glory be Yours forever and ever In Jesus’ name,
Use Me Lord
“Thank You Lord for being a solid rock that I can stand on in times of trouble.
Let meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth be acceptable unto You.
Come what may, You have always had my back in times of difficulty. The Lord Our God is mighty in all power, sound in His character, and fixed in His word.
Father help me to remember, forever and always, the unchanging nature of Your ways.
Teach me to become more and more like You. Grow me in all maturity through Your Son The Christ, in Jesus’ name.
What Is 'Spiritual Attack' and How Should I Pray When it Threatens Me?
Spiritual attack is my least favorite part of our Christian journey.
My heart aches as I watch and pray over loved ones in the sifter. My perspective blurs, punch drunk, when it’s my turn.
Seasons of spiritual attack, no matter how long or short, knock the wind out of you. While they can be some of our darkest days on this earth, Scripture has much encouragement for us about these times.
Where are spiritual attacks detailed in the Bible?
The Book of Job offers a detailed account of a spiritual attack. Yet, Job himself didn’t have complete clarity on his circumstances while he was going through them. He wasn’t sure whose finger was on the trigger when his world was blasted.
Today, we may even chalk up Job’s physical ailments to stress over losing his children and wealth (rather than a spiritual attack).
Without the pieces of the story Scripture fills in, we might not attribute his wife turning on him to the moment when Satan was allowed to touch Job. Satan used his wife, who is one with Job, to add to his sorrows.
All the trials, from his wife’s words to the loss of his children, were part of this spiritual attack. His friends couldn’t see it, he couldn’t see it. And so we are wise to be careful when we assess our own lives or the lives of our loved ones.
Sometimes spiritual attack isn’t totally obvious.
Almost every book in the Bible details the struggle of God’s people with His enemies. Many Bible scholars believe Job is the oldest book in the Bible and if it is, then the very first piece of Scripture reveals the spiritual battle around us.
The concept of spiritual attack is significant throughout the Bible.
Creation begins in the shadow of the menacing serpent who succeeds in dividing the first couple from God’s Garden and presence. Then, their first child was divided from both God and his family.
Moses, Joshua, the Judges all detail spiritual battles. David’s psalms are battle prayers. Nehemiah built a wall while enemies raged all around.
Young Esther was thrust in the midst of a battle for the lives of her people that could have cost her head. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel are all battle tales. Paul’s epistles warn of attacks from within and without while recording his battle scars.
There’s not a saint before you, beside you, or after you that hasn’t felt the same heat you do. We each might experience shades of fire that are unique to us, but the heat is the same.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. – 1 Peter 4:12-14
…Be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. – 1 Peter 5:8-9
As we consider our fellow brothers and sisters who are in the heat of battle, we must also remember that even Jesus experienced spiritual attack.
Are all difficulties ‘spiritual attacks?’
On the flip side of the argument, sometimes people are so quick to ascribe everything to spiritual attack that it seems the enemy gets more credit that he ought. We live in a fallen world with plenty of sin to spread around without one ounce of effort from the enemy of our souls.
Yet, we can also see from interesting passages like 1 Chronicles 21 and 2 Samuel 24 (when David takes a census of Israel), that both God and the enemy are always at work. God pursuing our good and His glory (Romans 8:28) and Satan laboring to make everything a distraction, temptation, or other means of destruction in our lives (John 10:10).
A favorite passage of mine describes the enemy’s defeat.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11 NKJV
So if you are in a car accident, it could be a blatant spiritual attack, like Job. It could also be part of the hazards of living in this fallen world. But we can know for sure, the enemy is hovering to get a bad word out of us over it.
In a spiritual attack, the enemy is after your testimony.
He can’t change the blood of the lamb smeared on the doorpost of your heart. But your testimony is in process. It was Job’s testimony he was after. And it’s yours too.
So when you are in an accident and you still praise God, your testimony overcomes the enemy, whether or not the incident was in and of itself an attack.
Can I prevent being vulnerable to spiritual attack?
Somehow, I absorbed a huge lie in my Christian upbringing. The lie is: If you are really right with God, everything in your life will line up and be easy.
Sure, we can make things harder on ourselves than necessary. And we ought to understand the Lord’s direction as something that smooths the road before us rather than it being a big old, party-pooper, speed bump to our plans. So there’s a grain of truth to that perspective.
But if even Jesus (and nearly every follower of His) was poor, beat up, and rejected, I’m not thinking we are all that wise to pin our vision of victorious Christianity on wealth, comfort, ease, or popularity.
If even Jesus was spiritually attacked, there’s no way we are ever going to get so spiritually mature that we aren’t vulnerable to attack.
So don’t be shocked when the arrows whistle past your ear. It simply means you are in good company with all the rest of God’s children. And God is with us. He is in our midst like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire. He is the power in the stones you hurl in faith toward your Goliaths. He is there when you can sense His presence and when the heat of battle is so oppressive that the battle is all your senses can take in.
A prayer of thanks for God’s presence during spiritual attack:
Thank You, Lord that I am not alone in these spiritual battles. Open my eyes to my brothers and sisters in Christ who are in the heat of battle as well. Help me to remember I am not alone, even when all I can feel is the raging battle. Thank You that You are with me!
What does the Bible say about surviving spiritual attack?
Our Lord has supplied each of us the battle attire and ability to be victorious. Don’t ever bend to the lie that maybe this battle is just too hard for you. Here’s what the Bible has to say about your ability to withstand and overcome:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For 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
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Blessed be the Lord, my rock,Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle;
My lovingkindness and my fortress,
My stronghold and my deliverer,
My shield and He in whom I take refuge.
– Psalm 144:1-2
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
When I have been in the heat of battle, the temptation to give into “I can’t” has been huge. Whatever your “can’t” is, the Lord’s word says you can!
You CAN stay faithful in the marriage God has given you.
You CAN serve Him in that ministry.
You CAN parent your children through whatever your family is going through right now.
You CAN trust Him for your provision.
You CAN put down the addiction. For one more minute. For one more hour. For one more day. God has you! Your needs have been provided. Even if all you feel right now is your lack. You have been equipped for this.
A prayer to trust that you can survive a spiritual attack:
Lord, I commit my temptations over (fill in the blank) to You. Open my eyes to see the ways You have provided for me and equipped me for this particular battle. Teach me to put on the full armor of God and to see the escape you have provided for me. Thank you for giving me Your strength for this battle.
The Bible says all you have to do is stand.
Throughout my walk with the Lord I’ve heard all kinds of explanations for spiritual victory. Storming the gates of hell sort of words. Taking ground. While I know there is spiritual victory of this nature, I am relieved to see biblical spiritual victory is simply defined as just standing where we were given to stand! Isn’t that so good?
God might set your feet some place new, like when the Israelites were sent into the Promised Land. But over and over, the command is simply to STAND!
You don’t have to climb spiritual Everest to be victorious. Just everyday standing with the light of your testimony is the essence of spiritual victory. It doesn’t have to be the parting of the Red Sea every day. It might be the obedient trudging around Jericho until eventually the walls miraculously fall. There is spiritual victory in small, but significant moments.
So stand where you’ve been given!
God accomplishes the victory over spiritual attack.
The other beautiful piece of our victory is that God is the One who accomplishes it! We stand and watch. When you are battle weary, remember that God is the One who will see this through to the end!
But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” – Exodus 14:13-14
I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. – Psalm 57:2
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy. – Jude 1:24
Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. – Colossians 4:12
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:13
A prayer for courage to stand in spiritual attack and thank God for the victory:
Lord, thank You that in the times when the battle feels overwhelmingly intense, You have given me the simple instructions to stand. I don’t have to contrive battle plans or do anything harder than faithfully stand. Thank You for making me to stand. Thank You for the way You accomplish all things for me. Thank You for the victory You are working now.
Ultimate victory over spiritual attack is assured in Scripture.
When those times of spiritual attack last a long time, we can begin to wonder if victory is possible. It is. And for the Christian, it is assured. Even if a skirmish is lost, we know the end of the battle is victorious for our Lord.
Take heart, the end of the story will make all this worth it!
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:37
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. – 2 Corinthians 4:17
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:31-37
A prayer to claim God’s promise in the midst of spiritual attack:
Lord, remind me of Your promise that nothing can separate me from You. Help me see victory through Your eyes and to see my troubles as momentary. When my faith is wobbly, steady me with the assurance of Your promises.
Follow Jesus’ example to gather friends close in prayer through spiritual attack.
Spiritual attack is inevitable and hard for all of us. In the midst of your times of trial and temptation, remember Jesus’ example:
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” – Matthew 26:36-38
Gather your friends to pray with and for you. Jesus’ friends were worn, but He left us this example of asking for prayer. If our even our Lord asked for prayer to help Him stand victorious, we ought to as well.
April Motl is a pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, and women’s ministry director. When she’s not waist deep in the joys and jobs of motherhood, being a wife, and serving at church, she writes and teaches for women. You can find more encouraging resources from April here and here.
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How to Pray Through Spiritual Warfare
“Spiritual warfare” is a phrase you might hear some Christians use, but the truth is many people do not fully know what it is, or what to do about it.
One way to explain spiritual warfare is by comparing it to physical war. Historical battles were often about controlling territory for political or economic power. Spiritual warfare is the battle for control over people’s souls.
Whether you believe in and follow Him or not, God created you for a reason. He created you to know Him and experience His love. He created you for you to love others as you love yourself and to use your skills and talents for the good of the world — to point people to Him.
However, God has an enemy, who is known as Satan or the devil. Because he is an enemy to God and God’s people, he is sometimes referred to as simply “the enemy.”
Satan is committed to preventing people from knowing God and trusting Him with their lives. The enemy’s tactics may differ depending on whether someone is already a Christian or not, but his ultimate purpose is always to keep people from experiencing the love of God.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” — 2 Corinthians 4:4, NIV
Whether you feel under spiritual attack right now, you know someone else who might be or you just want to understand spiritual warfare better, below are some resources to help you understand this topic and how to use one of the greatest tools God has given us in our battle: prayer.
Here are some essentials we will cover in understanding and praying about spiritual warfare:
How Are You Involved in Spiritual Warfare?
Spiritual warfare sounds like a battle between God and His enemies. So what does it have to do with the rest of us?
If you have chosen to begin a personal relationship with God, then you know that you have asked Him to be in control of your life. But part of you wants to take back control and continues to put up an internal fight.
You might even feel like there is a battle going on inside your mind some of the time. Do you have days when you struggle to believe what the Bible says about God, or about you? That’s completely natural. But lies — especially subtle ones — are one of the enemy’s favorite tactics.
Know Your Enemies
The Bible teaches that three forces are battling with God for ownership of your heart: the world, the flesh and the devil. Thankfully, God is stronger than all of them.
The world and spiritual warfare
Societies and cultures in the world encourage people to think and act in certain ways. Some elements of every society or culture can point you toward Jesus, some are neither good nor bad, and some directly conflict with your ability to follow Jesus and maintain a strong connection with God.
The things a culture values — whatever it focuses its attention on — are usually a clear indicator of the position God’s commandments are given in it. In our Western culture, physical appearance, personal success and freedom from responsibility to the wider community are just three examples of things the world encourages you to put before God.
Scripture reminds us that to walk closely with God, we need to be alert to the ways we are influenced by the people around us.
For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world.
(1 John 2:16, New International Version)
As you pray regularly, ask God if there are ways you are putting something the world values before Him in your life.
The flesh and spiritual warfare
Although the influence of the world around you is very real, you also need to be aware that the struggle to turn away from God can come from within you — from your own sin and your own desires.
The apostle Paul, who helped spread the early church as a missionary and wrote much of the New Testament, struggled with his flesh. He gave us a great picture of what this struggle feels like:
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
(Romans 7:21-23, The Message)
Ask God to search your heart and make you aware of ways you might be choosing to be the god of your own life. As He reveals things to you, ask for His forgiveness and the strength to live according to His plan for you.
The devil and spiritual warfare
Ultimately, the devil has already been defeated by what Jesus did when He died on a cross. Jesus’s resurrection from the dead demonstrates that He won the victory over death. But the devil wants to blind people to the truth of what Jesus has done.
The devil’s attempts to send us off course in our relationship with God go right back to the beginning of the human story. He was the author of the first temptation humankind faced.
The temptation of Adam and Eve, which we read about in Genesis 3, provides a clear picture of what you can expect from the devil:
He is more crafty than any wild animal.
He comes alongside you pretending to be an ally.
He deceives you by trying to bend the truth God speaks to you.
He tries to plant doubts in your mind about the things God has said.
He wants you to think God is restricting you when in reality He is protecting you.
He encourages you to rebel against God by telling you that you deserve to be the ultimate authority of Your life.
He uses your pride and your sense of shame to turn you against others.
Be mindful that our enemy, the devil, is real. He is single-minded and dangerous, so be wise in how you conduct your warfare with him. If you follow Jesus, God has given you incredible resources by placing the Holy Spirit within you, but you need to resist letting your pride tempt you to try to fight the enemy on your own.
If you feel under attack from the devil in some way, bring that to God in prayer. Thank Him for the protection only He can give and let Him fight on your behalf.
Fighting Spiritual Battles the Jesus Way
Throughout His life on earth, Jesus faced spiritual warfare in many forms. He was tested by the devil during His 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). He was provoked, falsely accused and verbally abused by people who did not like what He was saying. And it’s important to remember that Jesus was a man — fully human — so He faced all the temptations any other man would face.
But He never lost any of His spiritual battles. Even His wrongful conviction and execution on the cross, which looked like bitter defeat, were ultimately His greatest victory. So what examples does Jesus give us about using prayer in spiritual warfare?
Jesus created space to be alone with God
Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
(Luke 5:16, NIV)
Many times in the Gospels, Jesus withdrew from situations we can interpret as scenes of spiritual warfare. One example is when Jesus heard the news that His cousin, John the Baptist, had been killed by Herod. It never says that He retreated from His enemy. Instead, He withdrew from a particular place.
There is nothing wrong with praying in a coffee shop or while walking in a public place. But it’s important to take regular time alone with God, preferably as free from distractions as possible.
Jesus wanted to give God His full attention and spend time with His heavenly Father. If even Jesus needed to withdraw from crowds and His friends to be alone with God — and Jesus is God — how much more do His followers need to do the same?
Taking time alone with God reminds us that He is ready and waiting to spend time alone with us, healing our wounds and renewing our strength.
Watch this video to learn more about praying with your Bible and a journal.
Jesus combined prayer with fasting
Fasting can help raise your awareness of your need to depend on God. The Bible teaches that fasting can enhance your ability to hear from God as you prioritize Him above your physical needs.
It’s worth noting that Jesus was fasting during His forty days in the wilderness. This was immediately before Jesus began His public ministry. The devil must have felt threatened by what Jesus was doing given the efforts He went to trying to distract Jesus from His mission. Jesus saw fasting as a weapon of spiritual warfare.
Fasting is something that needs to be undertaken wisely given the physical implications. Learn more about this aspect of spiritual warfare by exploring our Fasting Starter Kit.
Look up verses in the Bible about Jesus praying and make a list of ideas that you can try yourself. Take time this week to practice one of the lessons you learn from Jesus’ example.
The Holy Spirit’s Role in Spiritual Warfare
God is three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the most often misunderstood member of this Trinity. But to experience consistent victory in spiritual warfare, it’s crucial to know and understand His role in your life.
After Jesus was raised from death, He appeared to His closest friends and followers. They were scared and confused. They did not know what was going to happen to them because they felt surrounded by enemies, including the Jewish authorities. But Jesus knew this, and He knew the spiritual battles that lay ahead of them.
As He met with them, He commissioned them for the work of making Him known throughout the world — the same work Christians today are invited to join and one of the reasons Satan is so determined to wage war on Christians.
Jesus wanted His friends to have peace and clarity for their spiritual battles. So He told them that their greatest source of strength, His Holy Spirit, would now live within them: “‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.’ And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:21-22, NIV).
We rightly think of God as someone completely separate and different from humanity. But Jesus entered our humanity and experienced the same struggles we do. When He was leaving to return to His Father in heaven, He left us with the greatest gift He could. He offered each of us the chance to experience His own presence living within us — His Holy Spirit.
So as you experience spiritual warfare, you are not just looking for strength from outside yourself or from the tools God gives you, such as prayer and the Bible. God is working within you, giving you everything you need to live the way you are designed to as His child.
Find out more about the Holy Spirit and how you can experience God’s presence in your life.
Praying With Other Believers
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
(James 5:13-16, English Standard Version)
Not only is it pleasant and encouraging to pray with other followers of Jesus, but it’s also crucial to your success in spiritual warfare. When you admit to others the things you struggle with, the sin that you’re wrestling with — that is, the decisions you make that go against God’s best for you — and even the sickness you experience, and you pray for each other, it is so you can be healed.
The fact that God designed for you to experience freedom from your sin, struggles and even sickness through praying with others clearly shows He doesn’t intend for you to go through spiritual battles or any part of life alone.
Engaging a community of fellow believers is vital to persevering and overcoming spiritual warfare.
What Does Victory Look Like in Spiritual Warfare?
God encourages you to be bold in the things you pray for.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
(Mark 11:24, NIV)
If you feel like only God could win the spiritual battle you are fighting, you’re right. Bring it to Him in prayer and let Him do what He does best: fight your battles.
Spiritual warfare will often look like major challenges in your life. But you will also face battles that are more internal than external. The enemy wants to put as much distance between you and your heavenly Father as he can. His tactics often involve exploiting very human emotions, such as shame, disappointment, insecurity and loneliness.
Victory might look like overcoming a clear obstacle to your faith, such as persecution of some kind relating to what you believe. But on a day-to-day level, victory will often be demonstrated by your perseverance through any circumstance that might cause you to question whether you can trust God.
It’s very tempting to hold God responsible for things in your life that don’t go the way you want (and also easy to forget to thank Him when they do). But the Bible reminds us that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV).
When it comes to using prayer as a weapon of spiritual warfare, victory is fundamentally about trust. Do you believe that your battles are His battles? Do you trust that when you bring a heartfelt need to God, He hears you and will respond?
So your victory may look like your willingness to continue believing in a salvation that the world tells you is ridiculous.
When it comes to using prayer as a weapon of spiritual warfare, victory is fundamentally about trust. Do you believe that your battles are His battles? Do you trust that when you bring a heartfelt need to God, He hears you and will respond?
The Bible says the Lord will fight for you and that Jesus has already won the ultimate victory by defeating death on your behalf on the cross. His resurrection was the declaration of victory in the war to end all wars.
But until Jesus returns or calls you home to heaven, spiritual warfare will remain a reality in your life. God wants you to experience a sense of victory in the battles you face. Prayer is His chosen means of offering that to you. That’s why it is often said that victory in this conflict is won on your knees.
Scriptures That Help You Pray Through Spiritual Warfare
Try using the following verses from the Bible as prayers when you are battling the world, the flesh or the devil. You can even insert your own name or the name of someone you are praying for to personalize the verse.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)
“‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the LORD.”
John 8:32 (NIV)
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
John 15:7 (NIV)
“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
What’s Your Next Step?
Your Best Response to a Spiritual Attack [Free Download]
If you’re in the Kingdom, you’re in a battle.
That battle can be initiated by people or circumstances. It can attack your reputation, your finances, your health, or your family.
But because of your position in the Kingdom, there’s always a tie to the spiritual world. Paul says,
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6:12).
If that’s the case, then maybe the best place to start in resolving whatever is coming against you is in a warfare prayer.
The Believer’s Warfare Prayer
In the early days of New Song, I felt spiritual pressure constantly and some sort of threat to the church’s existence daily.
Someone handed a printed prayer to me by seminary professor Victor Matthews called, “The Believer’s Warfare Prayer.” I haven’t met Dr. Matthews, but his prayer has contributed significantly to my ministry.
I prayed his prayer out loud, verbatim that first day and the spiritual pressure I was feeling abated. The pressure returned the next day, so I prayed it out loud again. I found that every time I prayed the prayer, I felt relief. It was like the Lord and I were pushing back Satan, claiming territory and victory.
I began to pray the prayer daily. This went on for years.
As New Song grew and our members matured, more and more people were lifting me up in prayer, so that I began to experience their “prayer shield.” I prayed my Warfare Prayer less often. I didn’t seem to need it as much.
Then, a few years ago, New Song appeared on the Outreach 100 Fastest Growing Churches list. That seemed to paint a target on my back. The church and I have experienced spiritual attack over the last two decades, but never like this.
Proverbs 15:22 tells me that plans fail for lack of counsel, so one day I went to see a counselor. You know what she told me?
“You should remember that these attacks you’re experiencing have a spiritual basis to them.”
Good call! I dug out my Believer’s Warfare Prayer and began praying it again. It’s helping. A lot.
Every Christian leader I know feels attacked, discouraged, disparaged or hopeless from time to time. Leaders are pro-active, so we start by addressing the symptom of our problem, but it makes sense to go deeper and attack the root.
The Believer’s Warfare prayer is a sound spiritual exercise. God can hear our inner-most thoughts, but Satan can’t. I find that praying it out loud has a two-fold benefit: God hears and responds, and demons hear, and flee.
My encouragement to every believer who feels attacked is to pray this daily until they find themselves back in a smooth place, and then to pray it weekly or monthly thereafter. The prayer takes six to eight minutes to pray out loud, and it’s well worth it.
I pray the prayer exactly as written. When I stumble over a sentence, I reread it accurately. Words matter, and Victor Matthews is a genius. His prayer is an excellently-crafted, well-rounded, Biblically-based prayer that contains crisp theology.
Why not pray it right now? Then, download a copy so you can pray it often.
Believer’s Warfare Prayer
BELIEVER’S WARFARE PRAYER
(To be read aloud)
Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to You. I take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in my prayer life. I address myself only to the True and Living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.
(I command Satan, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all of his demons. I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between Satan and myself.)
Heavenly Father, I worship You and give You praise. I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the Blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer. I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity and that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative and that through Him You have completely forgiven me. You have adopted me into Your family; You have assumed all responsibility for me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him You have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength.
Heavenly Father, open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this day. I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the Cross and in His Resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies. I take my place with Him in the heavenlies and recognize by faith that all wicked spirits and Satan himself are under my feet. I declare, therefore, that Satan and his wicked spirits are subject to me in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for the Armor You have provided. I put on the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Sandals of Peace, and the Helmet of Salvation. I lift up the Shield of Faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy; and take in my hand the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. I choose to use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life. I put on this Armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, Blessed Holy Spirit.
I am grateful, Heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject all the insinuations, and accusations, and the temptations of Satan. I affirm that the Word of God is true and I choose to live today in the light of God’s Word. I choose, Heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself. Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that do not please You. Work in me to cleanse me from all ground that would give Satan a foothold against me. I do in every way stand into all that it means to be Your adopted child and I welcome all the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
By faith and in dependence upon You I put off the old man and stand into all the victory of the Crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the new man and stand into all the victory of the Resurrection and the provision He has made for me to live above sin.
Therefore, today I put off the old nature with its selfishness and I put on the new nature with its love. I put off the old nature with its fear and I put on the new nature with its courage. I put off the old nature with its weakness and I put on the new nature with its strength. I put off the old nature with all its deceitful lusts and I put on the new nature with its righteousness, purity, and honesty.
In every way I stand into the victory of the ascension and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby all the principalities and powers were made subject to Him. I claim my place in Christ as victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me. Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe.
I am thankful, Heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word. I therefore, claim all the will of God for today. I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and peace, with longsuffering, gentleness and goodness, with meekness, faithfulness, and self-control in my life. I recognize that this is Your will for me and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the will of God. I refuse in this day to believe my feelings and I hold up the shield of faith against all the accusations and distortion and insinuations that Satan would put into my mind. I claim the fullness of the will of God for my life today.
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ I completely surrender myself to You, Heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of Your will today.
I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down of imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of Satan and smash the plans of Satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of Satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, Blessed Holy Spirit. I affirm, Heavenly Father, that You have not given me the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I break and smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my emotions today and I give my emotions to You. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my will today, I give my will to You, and choose to make the right decisions of faith. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my body today, I give my body to You recognizing that I am Your temple. I rejoice in Your mercy and goodness.
Heavenly Father, I pray that now and through this day You would strengthen and enlighten me, show me the way Satan is hindering and tempting and lying and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer and faith. Enable me to be aggressive mentally, to think about and practice Your Word, and to give You Your rightful place in my life.
Again, I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, Blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the Crucifixion, all the work of the Resurrection, all the work of the Glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today. I surrender myself to You. I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way this victory over all Satanic forces in my life. I pray in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.
© Victor Matthews, Emeritus Professor of Theology at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary.
Believer’s Warfare Prayer
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Spiritual Warfare Prayers for Supernatural Help in the Battle
Are you in a battle today, and it's taking more than just a physical toll on you? Are you finding it difficult to find the words to tell the devil to be gone? Spiritual warfare is crippling, real, and troublesome, but Jesus has already won us the victory!
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." ~ Ephesians 6:12
As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. In warfare, battles are fought on different fronts, for different reasons, and with varying degrees of intensity. The same is true in spiritual warfare. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. There are forces, both angelic and demonic, that are actively working around us. There is evil that we fight in our spiritual warfare. Jesus told us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. He told us that the gates of hell will not prevail against the work that God has purposed for us to accomplish, as His will is being worked out in our lives.
We need to understand that the battle is not against flesh and blood but against powers in the heavenly places. As we begin to get a revelation of spiritual warfare, we will begin to understand how the enemy moves against us in the physical realm. The battles of spiritual warfare are intense when a person decides to accept Jesus as their Savior. The enemy will attack from all angles, hoping to dissuade the person from fully giving their heart to Jesus. He will use circumstances, events, people, things, and even doubt in their minds to steal their hearts back to his ways. These types of battles are fought in the world but involve the spiritual forces of darkness that exist in the invisible realm around us. (excerpt from Understanding the Battle of Spiritual Warfare)
Spiritual Warfare Prayers
Pray along with these words now and let the Lord break the chains of fear and bondage! Here are 5 spiritual warfare prayers to help you win the battle for your soul and mind. You can also download your own personal copy of these powerful prayers HERE! Keep them with you throughout the day and by your bedside, so you can fight the battle with God's strength.
A Prayer for Spiritual Warfare
Jesus, sometimes I can almost sense the heaviness of pressure mounting and the ominous presence of darkness around me. I recognize my enemy is at work again. Whether he's trying to discourage me to get sidetracked, to fall into temptation, to give up, or to take my eyes off you, he's always hanging around.
I need your supernatural power, Lord, to stand strong and not surrender. Physical force won't help, because you've said the weapons of our warfare are different from those in this world. As believers, ours are powerful and can demolish strongholds and lies. These supernatural weapons originate from you. By your precious name and blood, Jesus, I'm asking you to confuse Satan and cancel his attempts to shut me and my influence down. Help me not to become discouraged or to give in when heavy times of testing come.
When I'm tired and weak, you are strong, Lord, and you are my only source of help. I cannot fight without you. Teach me how to pray and to trust you to pull down those strongholds that keep me or others helpless. Guard me from the isolation that leaves me exposed and vulnerable. I believe you destroyed the power of my enemy by your death and resurrection. But like a bad penny, my enemy keeps showing up, whispering lies, twisting the truth, and attempting to inflate my selfish pride. He never gives up.
I am declaring the devil and his demons liars today, Lord. Through the power of your precious name and blood, I agree with your Word and the truth that you are in me and that you are greater than my enemy who wants to rule the world. You, your Word, and prayer, Lord, are my secret weapons. I belong to you, and that fills me with a powerful God-confidence. I want to constantly dress in the spiritual armor you give me. Help me use it to defend others from Satan's fiery darts as well. No one and nothing can snatch me away from your hand.
Strengthen my faith, Lord. Forgive my sins, so that I may be clean in your righteousness. Make me brave, so I can stand and fight the spiritual battles in my life and in our world. Give me your wisdom and discernment so I won't be caught off guard. Together, Lord, we'll win, because in truth, you already have.
In Jesus's powerful name before which every knee shall bow, Amen!
A Prayer for Protection Against Evil
Lord Jesus, evil is such a harsh word, and yet Your Word uses it frequently to describe the opposite of good. While we are all capable of sin, I ask Your protection against those who call good evil, and evil good. Guard us from those who scheme against righteousness and from those who twist truth into lies to accomplish their evil intents. May Your angels hover ever near to eradicate fear and fight against dark, spiritual forces we cannot see. Help us cast down every imagination and thought that our enemy tries to use to exalt itself against You.
You dealt our spiritual enemy a fateful blow on Calvary when you died on the cross for us and were resurrected on the third day. While evil still roams, the power of Your name and Your blood rises up to defeat and bring us victory against every evil planned against us. While malicious actions may disturb us, we use the armor of God You have given us to stand firm. You will bring justice in due time for all the harm and needless violence aimed at Your children. Until then, we remain in Your presence, aligned with Your purposes, and we look to You as our Supreme Commander and Protector. Help us to avoid temptation, and deliver us from evil, Lord. You are the Mighty One, the One Who will ultimately bring all evil to light. With You, Jesus, we are safe. Amen.
A Prayer to Guard Against Spiritual Attacks
We know that the enemy wouldn’t be fighting so hard against us if we weren’t making a difference for your kingdom. He wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop us, if he didn’t think you had so much good still in store. Remind us today Lord, that the battle belongs to you, and whatever we’re up against can be taken down in one fell swoop by your mighty hand. Please help us to trust you more, to stop wasting time just spinning our wheels or fighting in our strength. Forgive us for the times we’ve neglected to set our eyes and hearts on you, for the days we’ve forgotten to come to you first. Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit. Fill us with your wisdom and discernment to make us aware of the enemy’s traps, so we can stand strong against his schemes. Thank you for your constant reminders that your presence will go with us, in whatever we face, and you will give us rest. Amen - Debbie McDaniel
A Warrior's Prayer With the Armor of God
Heavenly Father, Your warrior prepares for battle. Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God!
I put on the Girdle of Truth! May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word so I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.
I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness! May it guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.
I put on the Shoes of Peace! May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel so Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter.
I take the Shield of Faith! May I discern Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial, and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.
I put on the Helmet of Salvation! May I keep my mind focused on You so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.
I take the Sword of the Spirit! May the two-edged sword of Your Word be ready in my hands so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.
By faith your warrior has put on the whole armor of God! I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory! Amen. - David Jeremiah
A Prayer to Resist the Devil's Attacks
Lord Jesus, I thank you that you have already won the victory. Because of your death on the Cross, Satan’s fate has been sealed. Thank you for equipping and enabling me to resist the devil’s attacks. Thank you for your Word that can expose my own sinful desires and refute the lies of the Devil. Help me to stand firm, rooted in the faith, shielded by your armor, and dependent on your grace. Help me to resist the devil today. In the name of the one who crushed the head of the serpent, Amen. - Aaron Berry
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