This morning I woke up and began praying the prayers and scriptures below. It felt a bit superstitious, but it also felt like the right thing to do in light of what’s going on in the life of my family. If you’ve ever read the Bible, one thing you will notice is how much of it uses the language of conflict:
- “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy…” John 10:10
- “Put on the whole armor of God…” Ephesians 6:11
- “We wrestle not with flesh and blood…” Ephesians 6:12
- “In this world you will have trouble…but I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
- “Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
There is little doubt that Jesus and the many authors of the Bible recognized a conflict between light and dark and good and evil. Their encouragement to us, in the midst of the battles, is to stand and fight, not with the weapons of this world, but the spiritual weapons which not only protect us from evil, but pushes back on the darkness.
Often Christians will take these types of passages, teachings, and ideas and misapply them to the people rather than to the spiritual. We end up fighting against flesh and blood – our neighbors, coworkers, government, family – anyone who doesn’t hold to our belief system. When we do this we are fighting the wrong enemy.
The past two weeks we have been in yet another battle. Our son Hudson was diagnosed with sever inflammation of the brain. The doctors are trying to narrow down what is the cause and if it is a one-time occurrence or something he might have to deal with his entire life.
At some point in life you have to wrestle with the idea that something besides “bad luck” is happening. As I trace the past three years of my life and my family’s life, I see what some might describe as a battlefield. I imagine many of you could describe parts of your life the same way. The devastations or the deaths or the diagnosis. It’s past time to stand against our true enemy. It’s time to pray and intercede for protection, for strongholds to be broken, and for the power and manifestation of the presence of Jesus Christ to break through the darkness. The scriptures and prayers below are a good place to start in fighting back.
There is no reason to fear. Perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18) and we are loved perfectly by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are with us and they hold all power and authority over this world and over your world.
As I finished writing this blog, I realized it was 4th of July. Today we celebrate our freedom from the oppression, intimidation, tyranny, and rule of a government that was overreaching in its power over the people. May we also celebrate today our freedom from the spiritual oppression, intimidation, tyranny, and rule of the true enemy of our souls and stand in the victory Christ has won for us in his death and resurrection.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV
In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command Satan and all evil spirits to release their hold on me in order that I can be free to know and choose to do the will of God. As a child of God who is seated with Christ in the heavenly places, I declare that every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ in my presence be bound. Satan and all his demons cannot inflict any pain or in any way prevent God’s will from being done in my life today, because I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe that the Lord Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, and He is the head over all rule and authority. I am complete in Him. I believe that Satan and his demons are subject to me in Christ since I am a member of Christ’s body. Therefore, I obey the command to submit to God and resist the devil, and I command Satan in the name of Jesus Christ to leave my presence. (See Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:10; James 4:7.)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6:10-17 ESV