Pray for Freedom!

Taken from “Waking the Dead” by John Eldredge:

My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored in you – to renew my place in you, my allegiance to you, and to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor you as my sovereign Lord, and surrender every aspect of my life totally and completely to you. I give you my body as a living sacrifice; I give you my heart, soul, mind, and strength; and I give you my spirit as well.

I cover myself with your blood – my spirit, my soul, and my body. And I ask your Holy Spirit to restore my union with you, seal me in you, and guide me in this time of prayer. In all that I now pray, I include (my spouse, and/or my children, by name). Acting as their head, I bring them under my authority and covering, and I come under your authority and covering. Holy Spirit, apply to them all that I now pray on their behalf.

Dear God, holy and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise and all my trust and all the glory of my life. I worship you, bow to you, and give myself over to you in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other gods, all idols, and I give you the place in my heart and in my life that you truly deserve. I confess here and now that it is all about you, God, and not about me. You are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. Forgive me, God, for my every sin. Search me and know me and reveal to me any aspect of my life that is not pleasing to you, expose any agreements I have made, and grant me the grace of a deep and true repentance.

1 Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing me before you made the world. You are my true Father – my Creator, my Redeemer, my Sustainer, and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you; I trust you; I worship you. Thank you for proving your love for me by sending your only Son, Jesus, to be my substitute and representative.2 I receive him and all his life and all his work, which you ordained for me. Thank you for including me in Christ,3 for forgiving me my sins,4 for granting me his righteousness,5 for making me complete in him.6 Thank you for making me alive with Christ,7 raising me with him,8 seating me with him at your right hand,9 granting me his authority,10 and anointing me with your Holy Spirit.11 I receive it all with thanks and give it total claim to my life.12

Jesus, thank you for coming for me , for ransoming me with your own life. I honor you as my Lord, I love you, worship you, trust you. I sincerely receive you as my redemption, and I receive all the work and triumph of your crucifixion, whereby I am cleansed from all my sin through your shed blood,13 my old nature is removed,14 my heart is circumcised unto God,15 and every claim being made against me is disarmed.16 I take my place in your cross and death, whereby I have died with you to sin and to my flesh,17 to the world,18 and to the Evil One.19 I am crucified with Christ, and I have crucified my flesh with all its passions and desires.20 I take up my cross and crucify my flesh with all its pride, unbelief, and idolatry. I put off the old man.21 I now bring the cross of Christ between me and all people, all spirits, all things. Holy Spirit, apply to me (my spouse and/or children) the fullness of the work of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.

Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my new life, my holiness and sanctification, and I receive all the work and triumph of your resurrection, whereby I have been raised with you to a new life, to walk in newness of life,22 dead to sin and alive to God.23 I am crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me24. I now take my place in your resurrection, whereby I have been made alive with you,25 I reign in life through you.26 I now put on the new man in all holiness and humility, in all righteousness and purity and truth. Christ is now my life,27 the one who strengthens me.28 Holy Spirit, apply to me (my spouse and/or my children) the fullness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.

Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my authority and rule, my everlasting victory over Satan and his kingdom, and I receive all the work and triumph of your ascension, whereby Satan has been judged and cast down,29 his ruler and authorities disarmed,30 all authority in heaven and on earth given to you, Jesus,31 and I have been given fullness in you, the Head over all.32 I take my place in your ascension, whereby I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and established with you in all authority.33 I bring your authority and your kingdom rule over my life, my family, my household, and my domain.

And now I bring the fullness of your work – your cross, your resurrection, and ascension – against Satan, against his kingdom, and against all his emissaries and all their work warring against me and my domain. Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world.34 Christ has given me authority to overcome all the power of the Evil One, and I claim that authority now over and against every enemy, and I banish them in the name of Jesus Christ.35 Holy Spirit, apply to me (my spouse and my children) the fullness of the work of the ascension of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.

Holy Spirit, I sincerely receive you as my Counselor, my Comforter, my Strength, and my Guide.36 Thank you for sealing me in Christ.37 I honor you as my Lord, and I ask you to lead me into all truth, to anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and to lead me deeper into Jesus today.38 I fully open my life to you in every dimension and aspect – my body, my soul, and my spirit – choosing to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all things.39 Apply to me, blessed Holy Spirit, all of the work and all of the gifts in pentecost.40 Fill me afresh, blessed Holy Spirit. I receive you with thanks and give you total claim to my life (and my spouse and/or children).

Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.41

I receive those blessings into my life today, and I ask the Holy Spirit to bring all those blessings into my life this day. Thank you for the blood of Jesus. Wash me once more with his blood from every sin and stain and evil device. I put on your armor – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the readiness of the gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation. I take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and I wield these weapons against the Evil One in the power of God. I choose to pray at all times in the Spirit, to be strong in you, Lord, and in your might.42

Father, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the authority of Jesus Christ and release them to war for me and my household.43 May they guard me at all times this day. Thank you for those who pray for me; I confess I need their prayers, and I ask you to send forth your Spirit and rouse them, unite them, raising up the full canopy of prayer and intercession for me.44 I call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ this day throughout my home, my family, my life, and my domain. I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ, with all glory and honor and thanks to him.

1 Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

2 Romans 5:8 God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 3 I Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

4 Colossians 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

5 II Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

6 Colossians 2:10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

7 Colossians 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins

8 Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

9 Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

10 Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

11 Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

12 Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

13 I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

14 Colossians 2:11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,

15 Romans 2:29 No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.

16 Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

17 Romans 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

18 Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

19 Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

20 Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

21 Ephesians 4:22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

22 Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

23 Romans 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
24 Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

25 Ephesians 2:5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.

26 Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

27 Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

28 Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

29 John 12:31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

30 Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

31 Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

32 Colossians 2:10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

33 Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

34 I John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

35 Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

36 John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–; Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

37 Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

38 John 15:26 When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

39 Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

40 Ephesians 4:8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.

41 Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

42 Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

43 Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

44 II Corinthians 1:8-11 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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