Best Defense Is A Good
I have lived as a Christian since
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.
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.
I understand that this may be a lot
of hooey (worthless, imaginary
stuff), 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 that we might do His will. 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. 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 my 35+ 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.
So, here is my morning routine:
1. I say 'Good morning, Father,
Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit!
Thank You for everything!'
2. In addition I 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
bowing my knees to God is that the first time I did so at 3:30 p.m. on
May 15, 1976, He set me free from my sins and performed a whole lot of
emotional healing in my life! There are wonderful benefits of
humbling ourselves before The Most High God and His Son Jesus Christ,
and bowing in particular!
3. I drink a cup of grape juice
and eat a Ritz cracker in
celebration of the Lord's Supper, saying as I do so 'Father, as I eat
this bread and drink this cup I eat Your flesh, Lord Jesus, and drink
Your Blood, and claim Your death as my death to the world, the flesh
and the adversary 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).
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. They are generally based on 2
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 lift up everything and everyone that You want to be
lifted 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 the 'bad guys' and mercy and grace for the 'good guys').
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 bad guys who are beyond repentance to protect others from their
badness). And Father, please draw to Jesus everyone whom You want
to be drawn to 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 pray that You would establish the bonds of love and peace which You
want to be established throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus,
11. Father, please bring me and
every other creature into contact
with whomever You will, 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. And grant us the grace to receive Your communications and
works through others, in Your name, Lord Jesus, 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
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