Please note: This prayer is meant to be offered slowly, personally, and contemplatively, pausing frequently to listen to that “still, small voice” of God.
The structure is important: The first three sections are a preparation and entry into God’s Presence, the Holy of Holies.
Please pause as long as you need to feel that Presence.
The fourth section is important preparation to pray against the armies of darkness.
Please pause after those for as long as you need to feel empowered by the Holy Spirit.
If you don’t feel confident of this empowerment, it’s best to not continue, or begin again, proceeding slowly.
The fifth section is focused on prayers to break the evil strongholds.
Many words are general, i.e., ministries, work, relationships, sin, etc., and you should interject your own specifics here.
The sixth section is prayers of affirmation adapted from scripture.
The seventh and final section are petitions of grace, blessing, and praise, an important way to end and remain in quiet contemplation of God’s love, power and protectiveness.
1. Affirmation of Our Redemption Through Christ Jesus
Lord Jesus, I come to you, just as I am.
Please forgive my sins as I am sorrowful and repentant. In your name and grace, I forgive all others of their sins against me. I have invited you to be master of my life, to live in me, and I in you.
Thank you for responding with the gift of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from you and the Father. I empty myself daily so your Spirit can possess me all the more, transforming me, healing me, and strengthening me in body, soul and spirit.
I love you, Lord Jesus! I praise you! As sheep follow their shepherd, I will follow you every day of my life. I am gratefully your servant.
2. Preparing to Enter the Holy of Holies
Our Father, through our High Priest, your son Jesus Christ, and through the intercession of your most Holy Spirit, I know you hear our prayers and I am so grateful!
You told us, your children, that whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before your throne of mercy. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness and we will find help.
3. In the Holy of Holies
Father, I am here, bravely, humbly, and gratefully before your throne, in your Holy of Holies, open to me by the incomprehensible love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ gives me courage and confidence so I can be before you in faith.
Because of Christ, all of us from all over this Earth can come to you by the same Spirit. Thank you, my Lord and my God!
4. Preparing to Address the Strongholds
My prayers in this sacred moment in your Presence focus on breaking the strongholds of evil in all their forms, expressions, and ways.
I begin with myself, confessing my sins to you, my Lord and God, and asking your forgiveness and renewal of my soul and spirit, which you are so eager and ready to provide to those who ask.
In your mercy, forgiveness, and love, I know I am cleansed and thus free of any handles that the powers of evil could otherwise grab to pull me away from you and your will.
5. Addressing the Strongholds
By virtue of the ambassadorial power given me by you, that whatever we would bind on Earth would be bound in Heaven, and by the power of the Holy Spirit in me, I pray you rebuke and render powerless over me Satan and his diabolical emissaries.
My Lord, you taught me that Satan has always been a murderer and a liar. There is nothing truthful about him. He speaks on his own and everything he says is a lie. Not only is he a liar himself, but he is the father of all lies.
I know about his ways and I call upon the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of discernment of spirits to recognize his lies regarding the endeavors I pursue in Jesus’s name, regarding the prayers I offer for healing, reconciliation, restoration of our souls, and deliverance and protection from evil.
The scriptures tell us, “God’s own Son protects them and the devil cannot harm them.”
I choose to live on the Bread of Life and drink the Living Water. Holy Spirit, expose the lies, disguises, deceptions, sneakiness, ugliness, and violence of the evil ones.
I pray for the binding up and casting out of the powers of darkness from all aspects of my life, relationships, and ministries.
I pray for the powerlessness of evil over the Body of Christ and the fulfillment of our merciful and loving God’s will for us.
I know that you, Holy Spirit, are in me, and is pleased to receive these prayers and do this work of binding and casting evil away from me, for I call upon you in the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ.
6. Prayers of Affirmation
I pray the scriptures: Lord, I am humble in the presence of your mighty power, and you will honor me when the time comes. You care for me so I turn all my worries over to you.
I am on guard and I stay awake. My enemy, Satan, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.
But I resist Satan and stay strong in my faith. I know all over the world your followers are suffering just as I am.
But you show undeserved kindness to everyone. That’s why you had Jesus Christ choose us to share in your eternal glory. We will suffer for a while, but you will make us complete, steady, strong, and firm.
You will be in control forever!
7. Prayers for guidance, protection, and of praise
My Father, increase your grace and protection upon all those committed in your service. Endow me with the power and strength of your blessing as I work as your servant.
May all who see me see you in me and glorify you.
Guide me and help me guide others in the way of salvation and spiritual maturity as I sing praises to you and to your boundless mercy and love with one voice.
In the name of Jesus the Christ and through the power and intercession of the Holy Spirit, I pray.
So be it.