Many dear Christian parents have broken hearts because of rebellious, sin bound children who seem to be in bondage to Satan.  Much prayer often goes up expressing the brokenhearted disappointment, but there is too often a lack of application of the principles of warfare praying.

Suppose you have a son who is rebellious and far from God.  He’s on drugs, living in immorality, and in every form of debased depravity.  How would you claim 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 in this need?  Let me suggest a practical illustration of prayer recommended to some Christian parents who saw such a son respond to Christ as a result of such praying.

(Please insert your son or daughter’s name in the blanks.)
I bow humbly before the heavenly Father to intercede for my son/daughter, _______.  I bring him/her before You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank You that You have loved _______ with the love of Calvary.  I thank You that You gave him/her to us to love and nurture in Christ.  I ask You to forgive us for all of our failures to guide him/her in the way he/she ought to go.  I am thankful that You are sovereign and can use even the depths of sin to which he/she is now enslaved to rebound to your glory.  I praise You for this great trial that humbles my heart before You.

Accepting my position of being “mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds,” I bring all of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ to focus directly against the powers of darkness that blind and bind _______.  I pray the victory of our Lord’s incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and glorification directly against all of Satan’s power in _______’s life.  I bind up all powers of darkness set to destroying _______, and I loose him/her from their blinding in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I invite the blessed Holy Spirit to move upon _______’s heart and to convict him/her of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come.  In my priestly ministry, I confess _______’s sins unto You and plead Your compassionate mercy toward him/her.  I confess his/her yielding to all manner of fleshly sins which has given Satan such place in his/her life.  I plead the blood of Christ over _______’s wickedness and wait upon the Holy Spirit to bring him/her to repentance, faith, and life in the Lord Jesus Christ.  By faith I claim him/her for a life yielded to serve the true and living God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

(As lead by the Holy Spirit continue to praise and thank God, in faith, for what He is doing on behalf of your son or daughter.)

From The Adversary by Mark I. Bubeck, copyright 1975,
used by permission of Moody Press, Moody Bible Institute of Chicago


The Adversary
Mark Bubeck
Moody Publishers

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