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.
Why do breakthroughs in prayer surprise me?
I’d prayed over this request specifically for over two years, but God’s affirmative answer still shocked me. Maybe desperation holds more sway with God than I realized. In the course of this journey, I learned three powerful lessons regarding desperate prayer that will forever shape my critical intercession.
1) Just because prayer is a battle doesn’t mean I have to accept defeat.
When God gave the Israelites instructions for warfare, He said “When you go out to battle against your enemies and see…people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God…is with you. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them. For the Lord Your God is the One Who goes with you — to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Deuteronomy 20:1, 3-4).
Fear and anxiety often describe my dread of the unknown. But evidently God knows that. “Stop it!” He says. “Don’t even let your mind go there. Look here at Me. I’m not only Your Commander-in-Chief. I’m also Your Father. I’ve got this!”
2) His Word blows away all opposition.
We don’t have to understand how His Word works (Mark 4:27), but the fact of the matter is He does work. When we pray His Word, power explodes. His Word is:
Sharp enough to slice away the competition (Hebrews 4:12)
Surging with Inner Life (Hebrews 4:12)
Far-reaching in effectiveness (Acts 6:7)
Forward advancing (Acts 12:24)
Forceful, potent, and dominant (Acts 19:20)
Constantly strengthened with fresh reinforcements (Colossians 1:6)
Activated to move quickly (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
Our prayers command power in direct proportion to our knowledge of His Truth.
3) When His Word has authority over your life, your life has authority over the enemy.
Under the old covenant, God promised to conquer the enemy of those who fully obeyed the written Law (Joshua 23:6,9). But when Christ came, He repealed that Law (Hebrews 7:12). He set aside all the complicated conditions for victory and gave us only one: faith (John 6:29). Our faith has victory because we believe (not in our own conduct but) in His indestructible life (Hebrews 7:18,16). “Through the obedience of One the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Not through mine!
Under the new covenant, God promises to conquer the enemy of those who faith Him (1 John 5:4). When we hold up the shield of faith and move offensively with the sword of His Word, our prayers pack a punch. “One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you” (Joshua 23:10). “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you (Psalms 91:7).
But what about the crafty serpent — the devil, who prowls about like a roaring lion (Genesis 3:1; 1 Peter 5:8)?
“The battle is not yours, but God’s (2 Chronicles 20:15). “You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down” (Psalm 91:13). “Behold,” says Jesus, “I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you” (Luke 10:19).
Let’s go to the war room together this week, shall we?