The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

I have lived as a born-again, Spirit-baptized Christian since May, 1976, and have had the privilege of being an internet prayer team coordinator for an internet Christian teacher for eleven years.  I have also been on church prayer teams during that time period, and have actively prayed for various people from time to time in various churches and in other settings.

Most importantly, I have had a burden to pray for every creature without leaving anyone out of my prayers for as long as I can remember since I received Jesus into my heart in May, 1976.

My observation is that most Christians bounce from crisis to crisis, praying according to their understanding of what is going on in their lives, never really addressing the unseen and invisible influences which are affecting their lives, and seldom recognizing their place in God's scheme of things or in the battle between good and evil.

I understand that this may be a lot of hooey (worthless, imaginary stuff) to you, dear reader, but this is what I feel led by the Holy Spirit to do, so I commit it to you for your prayerful consideration.

We find in the Christian Scriptures, especially the New Testament, that the overriding goal of God for each person is that we might know Him and His Son, Jesus, through redemption, reconciliation and restoration, and that we might do His will, pleasing Him in every respect - resulting in the most satisfying life any of us could live.  And yet it appears to me that the overriding goal of most people, Christian and non-Christian, is to be healthy, safe, and having all their desires satisfied.  The default condition of mankind is living for self rather than living for God, and this default condition continues until a person exercises their will to change the focus of their life.  It is called 'total repentance' or 'unconditional surrender to God'.  Some people serve other people or other creatures in the matters of this life, while some (apparently few) people receive the desire to do God's will God's way, and this, I believe, has both temporal and eternal consequences.

The result of God's gracious urging of me to 44 years of Bible study and prayer for wisdom and discernment has resulted in the following pattern of prayer and exercise of spiritual authority which I commend to you, dear reader, merely as an example for you to prayerfully consider.  Your responsibility, as is mine, is to be the best that you can be for The One True God our Creator, Sustainer, Savior and  King, and to carry out His will for you in His way and on His timeline for you.  This can only be accomplished by taking our lives captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ, so that His obedience rules in every aspect of our lives.

So, here is my morning routine:

1.  I say 'Good morning, Father, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit!  Thank You for life and abundance in Jesus!'

2.  In addition I bow my knees before Him and say, "Father, I gladly bow my knees before You because it is written that 'Every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord - to Your glory, O God, our Father.'  An additional reason for bowing my knees to God is that the first time I did so at 3:30 p.m. on May 15, 1976, twenty-six years worth of tears were released as He set me free from my sins and performed a whole lot of emotional healing in my life!  Twenty-six years of tears were released that day, and that was the beginning of my adventure with God as my Father and Jesus as Savior and Lord and the Holy Spirit as my divine Helper! There are wonderful benefits of humbling ourselves before The Most High God and His Son Jesus Christ, and bowing in particular!

3.  The following is what I believe to be personal and intercessory communion with God:  I drink a cup of grape juice and eat four golden tortilla chips in celebration of the Lord's Supper, praying as I do, 'Father, as I eat this bread and drink this cup for myself and everyone else, I remember You, Lord Jesus, and eat Your flesh, Lord Jesus, and drink Your Blood, and claim all the blood which You shed for our healing, salvation and sanctification, and Your death and burial as my death to the world, the flesh and the whole domain of darkness so that Your life may become fully manifested in me (as Jesus instructed in Matthew 16:24, and as the Apostle Paul stated in Galatians 2:20).  And I claim Your resurrection as my resurrection to newness of life for God and no longer for me.  I forsake all and claim Your holy hatred of my family and my own life so that I can be Your disciple without distractions.  I take Your yoke upon me afresh, Lord Jesus, and receive all of the truth I need to be set free from all delusions and deceptions and traditions of men and doctrines of demons in order to be Your disciple indeed.  And I claim and receive whatever suffering You allocate to me for Your kingdom and righteousness purposes, for me and every other creature. 

After this I enter into a series of exercises of spiritual authority which I believe is part of learning to rule and reign with Christ to accomplish Father's will not only in my life but throughout creation.  I don't want to leave anyone or any other creature out because of neglect on my part.  These exercises of authority are generally based on 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 and words of our Lord Jesus.  I think of these as my daily chores on Father's farm!

4.  Father, I bind everything and everyone that You want to be bound, and I loose everything and everyone that You want to be loosed throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen (amen means 'so be it', or 'make it so').

5.  Father, I cast down everything and everyone that You want to be cast down, and I raise up everything and everyone that You want to be raised up throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.

6.  Father, I take all of creation captive to Your obedience, Lord Jesus, as You will, Father, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.  (By this I understand that God will create the circumstances which He wants us to experience while maintaining our free will, which is the basis of His relationship with His creation).

7.  Father, I punish everything and everyone whom You want to be punished, and I bless everything and everyone whom You want to be blessed, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.  (This is to bring about justice for those who do evil, and mercy and grace for those who do good).

8.  Father, I tread down every serpent and scorpion and all the power of the enemy which You want to be trodden down, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen, and I thank You and declare that 'nothing shall in any manner harm us', in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.

9.  Father, I deliver to satan for the destruction of the flesh everyone whom You want to be so delivered that the spirit may be saved in Your Day, Lord Jesus - in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.  (I know that this seems harsh, but I trust God to use this to deal with the really stubborn people who are beyond repentance to protect others from their badness and to bring them to repentance out of HIs love for all).  For example, by own father never wanted to hear about Jesus until he received his terminal diagnosis.  Then he actually asked me how to become a born-again Christian!  And Father, please draw into Jesus everyone whom You want to be drawn into Jesus for salvation and sanctification in the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.

10.  Father, I sever all bondage that You want to be severed, and I claim the bonds of love and peace and truth which You want to be established throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.

11.  Father, please bring me and every other creature into contact with whomever You will, open doors for your word and works, and grant that we might communicate boldly and clearly everything that You want to be communicated, and to do everything that You want to be done, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen, while You do everything You want to do in every creature's life.  And grant us the grace to receive Your communications and works through others, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.

I have recently, as of 4/28/18, added several more exercises of authority as follows:

12.  Father, I break every curse and the power of witchcraft which You want to be broken throughout creation, and I claim every blessing and grace which You want to be claimed throughout creation, in Your Name, Lord Jesus, amen.

13.  Father, I curse to death everything that You want to be cursed to death, and I bless with life everything which You want to be blessed with life,  throughout creation, in Your Name, Lord Jesus, amen.  (This comes from Jesus' cursing of a fig tree, as well as an experience I had a long time ago when the Lord used my voice (much to my surprise!) to curse a brain tumor, saying, "Brain tumor, you think you are such a bad curse.  I curse you to death in Jesus' name!") The woman who had the brain tumor suddenly opened her eyes from the comatose condition she had been in when her tumor was cursed.  She later got saved, had experimental brain surgery, and called me to visit her in the hospital at Midnight one night as she recovered from the surgery - just because she was so excited what God was doing in her life that she had to tell someone who would understand, and she knew that I lived just two blocks from the hospital!!

14. Father, I transplant every mountain and tree and everything and everyone else whom You want to be transplanted throughout creation to wherever You will, whenever You will, and however You will, in Your Name, Lord Jesus, amen!

15. I bind every strong man whom You want to be bound, Father, throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen, and I release, rescue, retrieve and restore everything and everyone who has been held by those strongmen, and I restore to whomever You will and wherever You will everything which had been stolen or kidnapped, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.

16.  And in Your Name, Lord Jesus I command 'E Pluribus Unum' - our of many, one - as You will, Father, amen!

Now unto You, King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the Only Wise God, be glory and honor forever and ever, amen!!

Father, please help us to rejoice evermore, to pray without ceasing, and in everything to give You thanks - for this is Your will for us in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

Finally, I say, "Father, I declare 'total victory' over every adversary and every adversity because You, Lord Jesus, declared total victory from the cross when You said, "It is finished!"

Let me know, dear reader, if you find any of this to be helpful!


PS:  I recently became aware of our need to "cast off every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us" so that we can freely look to Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.  Hebrews 12:1-2

I was also reminded that we need to break any influence of witchcraft which may be affecting us or hindering us from knowing God and doing His will    Act 8:9-11, Galatians 3:1