Holy Father,


In the wake of school violence, much doubt has been cast upon the power of prayer. I’ve heard it said that prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing our school children. Thank You, Father that this is not true. You absolutely hear prayer (Psalm 65:2).


Granted, in and of ourselves, we are powerless to stop the spew of violence erupting against our children. No amount of regulated control can stop the overflow of bitterness pouring from a wounded heart. Indeed, it is “out of the heart (that) evil thoughts, murders…false witness and slanders come” (Matthew 15:19). But we are reminded that You are greater than our hearts (1 John 3:20). So we turn our eyes toward You and ask for Your intervention (2 Chronicles 20:12).


You promised to heal our land when we humble ourselves, pray, seek Your Face, and turn from our own disobedience (2 Chronicles 7:14). So, I begin here Father — doing my part, so that You are free to do Yours. What is within me, O Lord, that harbors offense and violence against my fellow man? Who am I angry towards? What gossip and slander have I propagated? Who have I withdrawn my patience and kindness from? Who do I need to forgive? What methods of violence and malice do I entertain within my own heart?


O Father, forgive me for taking offense. Forgive me for spreading a doubt of character onto the one who has hurt me. Forgive me for amusing myself with aggressive or gruesome entertainment. I recognize that each of these guide my heart toward the very violence I speak so strongly against. May I be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, after all my own anger can never achieve Your righteousness (James 1:19-20).


As each of us yields to Your Kingdom rule within us as individuals, Your peace will extend within our sphere of influence, including our schools. Your Kingdom will come on earth, just as it has already come in heaven (Matthew 6:10). May Your Light shine so brightly within each of us that You alone are glorified (Matthew 5:16). Overtake the darkness as Light shines out of Your people (John 1:5). Praise You for being the King who dwells in unapproachable light — to You be honor and eternal dominion. Amen (1 Timothy 6:15-16).



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Thank You for not only being the God Who releases captives (Isaiah 42:7), but the God Who sent Your Son specifically to release them (Luke 4:18). Your desire has always been that mankind can be fruitful and subdue the earth, not to have that which is earthly subdue us (Genesis 1:28).


I come to You today Lord on behalf of one of the captives. (Food, drugs, alcohol, pornography, narcissism — you fill in the addiction) is holding (name of individual) captive and I come to You on behalf of this enslavement.


Breaking this addition is like a dream to him/her right now, but You are the bondage breaker. You are stronger than any “strong man” of addiction that has (name of individual) bound and guarded (Luke 11:21-22). Spirit of addiction, in the Name of Jesus Christ, we press our foot down upon your neck for all the misery you have dealt our friend (Joshua 23:10). In fact, we turn the tables on you, spirit of addiction, commanding that you become the captive — to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). God of peace come quickly to crush this enemy as we hold him underneath our feet (Romans 16:20). Arise, O Lord and shatter the teeth of this enemy, that it loses it’s bite (Psalm 3:7). May I persevere in prayer over this until this addiction is beaten as fine as dust in the wind (Psalm 18:42).


Lord, in my prayer weakness, do the fighting on (name of individual’s) behalf as I simply trust You (Exodus 14:13-14; Psalm 138:7-8).


Father, I ask Your Kingdom to come fully into (name of individual’s) life so that Your desire will be done within them, according to the pattern You already have planned for them in heaven (Matthew 6:10; Ephesians 2:10; Exodus 26:30). Lead them out of this captivity by Your very Hand (Psalm 126:1). How giddy with joy they will be when they look back one day to see Your work (Psalm 126:2). We look forward to the day when they can help others find freedom from this same oppression by saying, “It was the Lord that did this marvelous thing. It was all His work!” (Psalm 126:3).


Reset the button of (name of individual’s) life, Father. Reset them back to that time when they was more excited about life itself than their addiction. May Your work pour out so abundantly that it’s like a rushing stream pervading all their whole life (Psalm 126:4). I realize that right now, there may still be days of tears ahead, but grant them the insight to see that You are collecting every tear (Psalm 56:8). As the tears fall, help them see how they are transformed into precious seed that You use for even more life. I claim Your promise that the tears You sow will sprout up as joy (Psalm 126:5-6). 


Father, grant a holy anger for this addiction to take hold of (name of individual’s) heart. Grant them the ability to hate the addiction more than they desire it. We realize that it is only through the death of a seed that true life sprouts. When he/she is tempted to cheat, may they call satan out as the liar that he is (John 8:44) and want You more than they want the substance. Reveal to them the littleness of the addictive morsel and the largeness of abundant life You have ahead of them. 


Granted, when self control is left up to self, there is little control. But, we are asking You to be their self-control. You promised that You would grant self-control as evidence of Your Spirit inside (Galatians 5:22-23).


I stand here with the claim check for the abundance You have promised (name of individual). Fulfill the order according to Your promises. We believe in You, Jesus, Amen.



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