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(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 repentent.
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 procedes
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 sheperd, 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 the 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. (Heb. 4:16.)
(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 the Christ.
Christ gives me courage and confidence so I can be before You in faith.
(Eph. 3:12.)
Because of Christ, all of us from all over this earth can come to You
by the same Spirit. (Eph 2:18.) 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.

Our Lord, You taught us 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. (John 8:44.)

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' 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
(His children) and the devil cannot harm them." (1 John 5:18.)
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, 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 You, Holy Spirit in me, is pleased to receive these prayers
and do this work of binding and casting evil away from us,
for I call upon You in the Name of our Lord, the 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. Our enemy, the devil,
is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.
But I resist the devil 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! Amen." (1 Peter 5:6-11.)
(7. Prayers for guidance, protection and of praise)

Our Father, increase Your grace and protection upon
all those committed in Your service. Endow all of us with
the power and strength of Your blessing as we work as Your servants.
May all who see us see You in us and glorify You.
Guide us and help us guide others in the way of salvation and
spiritual maturity as we 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. Amen. So be it.

      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 3 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 4th 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 5th 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 6th section are prayers of affirmation adapted from scripture. The 7th and final section is a petition of grace, blessing and praise, an important way to end and remain in quiet contemplation of God's love, power and protectiveness.

Please contact me at Reflections@prayergear.com with any questions or comments about the use of this prayer.

Finally, regarding the timing and forms of how our prayers are answered, let me end with this declaration from God: "My thoughts and My ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, My thoughts and My ways are higher than yours. Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat. That's how it is with My words. They don't return to Me without doing everything I send them to do." (Isaiah 55:8-10.)

John S. Hilkevich, Ph.D.
Spiritual Resource Services

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