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.
You promised that You will not break off a battered reed or put out a smoldering wick (Matthew 12:20). Yet, at this time, it seems that (parent’s names) are broken and snuffed out. We realize that Your ways are higher than our ways and Your thoughts much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9), but this doesn’t seem helpful when their pain is so great.
Jesus, I remember that many times Your prayers consisted of loud crying and tears (Hebrews 5:7), so as You look down upon the wordless cries of (parent’s name), I ask that You remember Your own days and have mercy. You are the God of all Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3). Reveal that part of Your character to this family. As they hurt, each day seems to drag on like one lasting a thousand years, but I claim that the slowness of Your action MUST be because of Your patience towards them and not because You desire them pain (2 Peter 3:8).
Asking that the situation change is not really the place to start is it, Lord? So, our first cries are not only for their comfort, but also for their strength. Send an angel to strengthen them just as You did Your very own Son during His agony (Luke 22:43). This experience will sift them like wheat, but I ask that their faith would not fail. May this be the experience that brings them strength, so they may strengthen others (Luke 22:32).
Indeed, it is faith that (parent’s name) need most right now. Theirs has been greatly shaken. Faith is that quality which allows them to see You clearly and to know that You are working everything to their good (Romans 8:28). Granted, this is something that they cannot see right now. So, I come alongside them to hold up their arms, when they feel too weak to do so themselves. Give friends the faithfulness to support them, one on one side and one on the other (Exodus 17:12).
Increase their faith (Luke 17:5). Allow this time of seeking You to create a refreshing in their lives as they stand in Your Presence (Acts 3:19).
Now for (name of child). Before I speak against his/her rebellion, I ask that You search within me to reveal my own. Convict me about anything that would hinder my prayers.
Father, rebellion runs rampant in our society. The wicked are found in our very midst and (name of child) has been entrapped by their sly deceit (Jeremiah 5:26). It is as if he has fallen under a deluding influence to allow him to believe that which is false (2 Thessalonians 2:11). But, we don’t allow him to go without a fight.
Right now, the strong man of deceit and rebellion is fully armed and guards (name of child) closely. Yet, in Your Name and in Your Righteousness, we come against those spirits, with One who is far stronger. In the Name of Jesus, we bind up rebellion, deceit, and anger (other characteristics may be mentioned here) within (child’s) life. We demand that these spirits go to where the Lord Jesus Himself would send them. Jesus, we ask that as You attack, Yours would be the victory to overpower – granting the ________ family Your victory.
In Your Name, we push back these adversaries and through Your Name, we trample down those who rise up against them (Psalm 44:4-5). In Your Name, we ask that You take away the armor on which these spirits have relied so long, leaving them fearful, weak and helpless. I pray that You will even take the very things which the enemy was using against (child), purify them and return them to him in order that he can use them as plunder against the evil one one day (Luke 11:21-22). We claim this — not because we have power within ourselves, but because You have given us authority to tread upon these slimy serpents and their power, without injury to our own faith (Luke 10:19).
Bind up a quarrelsome spirit from (parents), in order that they may have gentleness to correct (child) in these days of opposition. Please, O Lord, please, grant (child) repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth as You bring him to his senses (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
We pray these things because of Your holiness and not our own. Comfort, heal, and refresh – because of Who You are. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.