Preparation & Prayer
1. Put on the Armor:
In battling for our loved ones we need to come against a stronghold that has them captive. A stronghold is like a fortified castle that you can’t seem to penetrate–a place where the enemy’s position is most strongly intensified. Spiritually speaking, a stronghold is a mind set or conclusion contrary to Scripture that is firmly entrenched. It is often a thought pattern of hopelessness which causes a person to endure a situation that is clearly contrary to God’s Word and God’s will. The best time to put on the armor is during morning devotional time. Pray something like this:
“Father, Thank you for the provision You have made for victory over Satan.
Now, by faith, I put on the girdle of truth. May my life today be motivated by truth. Help me to maintain integrity.
By faith, I put on the breastplate of righteousness. May my heart love that which is righteous and refuse what is sinful. Thank You for the imputed righteousness of Christ.
By faith, I put on the shoes of peace. Help me to stand in Christ’s victory today. Help me to be a peacemaker and not a troublemaker. (Even with people who irritate me.)
By faith, I take the shield of faith. May I trust You and Your Word today and not add fuel to any of Satan’s darts. Thank you that I can go into this day with fear.
(Let not my heart be troubled.)
By faith, I put on the helmet of salvation. May I remember today that Jesus is
coming again. Help me to live in the future tense.
Protect my mind from discouragement and despair.
By faith, I take the sword of the Spirit. Help me to remember You Word and to use it today.
Father, by faith, I have put on the armor. May this be a day of victory.”
2. Repent of Sin in Your own life:
We must be sure there is no sin and forgiveness in your own heart before we battle in the spiritual realm for others. Pray, “I forgive __________ for Your sake in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” 2 Cor. 2:10-11