The principles shared in today’s message are Biblically universal and are not only effective for salvation but are also effective in bringing a loved one out of rebellion and back into agreement with God’s will.
Often a Christian will pray for 20 or 30 years for a loved one and see no change. This can give the impression that prayer doesn’t work. But be assured, prayer is a powerful force… if we pray the way God instructs us to. Most Christians simply don’t know how to pray with spiritual skill, and end up simply crying out to the Lord on their loved one’s behalf, pleading with God to do what He already wants to do—save their loved one, or bring correction where there is error.
But God works according to the principles He has given us in His Word. He won’t change simply because we don’t understand Him or haven’t learned what He has instructed. We must be the ones to change and line up with His powerful spiritual principles. When we do, prayers are answered.
God has given us the secret to praying effectively and affecting the outcome of our loved one’s spiritual situation. Praise the Lord!
Too often a person may pray for their loved one by reminding God of all the things that person is doing wrong. God already knows what that person is doing wrong. He is looking for someone to show His love toward that person through intercession. Or an intercessor may simply plead with God to have mercy and save their loved one in spite of everything they have done. But prayer doesn’t work this way.
We must start the prayer journey by understanding that the problem is Satan, who has gained a stronghold in the life of the person we are praying for. And Satan is deceiving this person to keep them in disobedience—blinded and deaf to the truth.
Jesus is teaching us that the god of this world, Satan—has blinded the minds of those who are not born-again, or walking in disobedience. This isn’t you’re loved one simply rejecting the truth. It is your loved one under deception from the enemy that keeps them from understanding the truth.
Your first prayer step becomes quite clear. You must get Satan out of your loved one’s way through intercession.
In Matthew 12:29 Jesus says, “How can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.”
This is another power principle that Jesus is teaching that reveals how to free someone from Satan’s grip. You have power and authority as a child of God, to bind the evil spirit (strong man) who is deceiving your loved one and holding them under deception. Right from the mouth of the son of God, Jesus the Messiah, he said to bind the strongman.
Jesus also taught the following principles. “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18.
Jesus is telling us that now WE must bind and loose. Jesus did those things when He was here as an example for us. But when He left, He gave authority to His followers to use as representing Him. And He let us know that He would honor what we do in faith, in His name (Luke 10:19).
The only question remaining, is to be assured that what we are praying for, is God’s will in Heaven, so that we can pray in authority and faith. We confirm that salvation is God’s will for everyone, according to 2 Peter 3:9, which says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
So, let’s look at the principles that we need to utilize when interceding for our loved one. I will also include a sample prayer you can use to pray for the salvation of someone, or adjust it for a believer who is in disobedience.
Use the following Biblical Principles when you pray:
* Remember, love is the foundation for prayer for another person. If you are not interceding in love, repent and establish God’s love in your heart first.
* Be confident that you are praying in agreement with God’s Word. Only then can you pray in faith. (Romans 10:17). And faith is required for results.
* Pray with authority—the authority Jesus gave His followers when He departed. (John 14:12). That authority is available to you, if you are born-again.
* Pray out loud. Use your voice in an authoritative way that expresses your conviction—that you believe what you are praying. (Mark 11:23).
* Remember that the evil spirit that is deceiving your loved one can hear you. Even over a distance, if you are addressing it in faith and with the authority of Jesus. (Luke 7:7-8, Matthew 8:5-13).
* Until the evil spirit is neutralized and the person freed from deception, they cannot perceive the conviction of the Holy Spirit or the truth of God’s Word.
Satan and his agents are supernaturally strategic in their attempt to control any person who gives them access. They tempt until their target agrees with something being suggested. This temptation is accomplished through the physical senses and thoughts in the mind. However, once the subject submits, the evil spirit has gained legal authority in the spiritual realm to torment, deceive and establish a stronghold.
Trying to reason with someone who is under the influence of an evil spirit, is fruitless until that person is free to make their own choices again. Intercession is an act of love. It is using the authority you have in Jesus, for another person’s benefit.
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).
Once they are free from the evil influence, then your prayer can change to praying for their salvation, their understanding of truth, their willingness to repent of sin, and that the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit would be submitted to. Do be aware that when a stronghold is broken, that evil spirit will attempt to regain access. That is why consistent intercession is important until that person makes their own choice to repent and submit to Jesus Christ.
We are in a battle with Satan until Jesus comes and takes His rightful place. If Satan has taken a loved one captive, we must go and fight for them until they are safe. (James 5:16, 1 Timothy 2:1, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 1:9, Matthew 5:44).
Pray something like the following:
“You evil spirit that’s operating in the life of my loved one (use their name—such as Jane), I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ and am a child of God. I carry His authority and His righteousness as I come against you.
In the name of Jesus, I rebuke you in ____Jane’s_____ life, and bind you and your deception, in Jesus’ name. I cast down the blinders and deceptions you have placed in her mind, on her ears, and over her eyes. I command you to release __Jane__ in Jesus’ name. I rebuke you, and render your plans to deceive her, or rob her of her salvation, null and void, in Jesus’ name.
Thank you, Lord, that __Jane__ is free to understand and receive the truth of your gift of salvation. I pray that Jane recognizes her need for Jesus as her Savior and Lord. (Or adjust this for a deceived Christian and pray God’s Word over them.)
In Jesus’ name I ask that you bring your people across Jane’s path to share the truth of the gospel with her and open her heart to receive it gladly.
Thank You, Father, for __Jane’s__ salvation, in Jesus’ name. Thank You that “no weapon formed against her will prosper” according to Isaiah 54:17. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
I believe this type of spiritual warfare is an important part of the Christian’s arsenal to overcome the enemy. The Bible says we are to resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7). But you’ve got to believe it and mean it when you say it.
An important principle to also understand is that your loved one, once set free from deception, will be tempted again to invite this evil spirit back into their life. If they again open the door, the deceptions will be put back in place, and only effective prayer will free them once again.
When you are dealing with someone else’s free will, you have to be committed to fight for them. As they are regularly set free through your intercession, God has more frequent opportunities to minister to them. It is truly a spiritual battle for the soul of your loved one.
If you will pray daily and whenever the Lord brings this person to your heart, utilizing these Biblical principles, I believe you will see a change in their spiritual condition.
Matthew 9:37-38 reminds us of another prayer we should pray for our loved one. “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Ask God to send forth laborers into the harvest and into the life of your loved one. Remember that God’s Word does not return void but it accomplishes what it is sent to accomplish. When we use the Lord’s Word and pray in faith, the impact our prayers have, is astounding.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Jesus already defeated Satan when He overcame death, stripped Satan of the keys of the kingdom, and rose from the grave. Jesus has given His followers those keys of the kingdom, to establish God’s will in the earth until He returns to reign and rule. More than anything else we are to bring salvation through Jesus Christ to those who are perishing.
One of the last things Jesus told His disciples before He left earth, was to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). This command shows us the heart of Christ. Every person is important to Him. We can fight for our loved one’s salvation, or restoration, and we absolutely should—with expectation of victory!
With God, nothing is impossible!
Dale and Paula Black
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