Pray Without Ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
The second verse of our theme verses for 2017 is the exhortation of Paul, “Pray without ceasing.”
I am reading several books right now on prayer and what I have discovered is that one of the reasons people struggle to pray is that they do not know what to pray.
If you are honest, there are times when the enemy attempts to take us captive by filling our minds with all kinds of garbage. I recently read this helpful prayer again for “taking every thought captive.” I will have Graeme post this on the website so that you can download the prayer. I pray that it will be helpful to someone struggling.
Daily Commitment Prayer To Take Every Thought Captive – Alaine Pakkala
Father, I come to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I claim the blood of the Lord Jesus as my protection during this time of prayer. I address only the True and Living God. I refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayers.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I command Satan to leave my presence with all his wicked spirts and I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus between us.
Father, I ask that You help me during this time of prayer. I thank You that the weapons of my warfare are not carnal, human or fleshly but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge and experience of God and brings every thought into obedience to Christ.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I resist and cancel every plan, I smash and break every stronghold that has been formed against me and my priesthood. I bind Satan’s work in this area and loose his hold upon my priesthood. I submit my priesthood to You, dear Lord.
I take authority over all wicked spirits in and around the house that have been assigned to hinder me and my priesthood today. I bind you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I command all wicked spirits in the house to leave and I bind you outside the house. I submit those bonds to You, heavenly Father.
I resist and cancel every plan, I smash and break every stronghold against me for this day. I bind and destroy all the enemy’s work against my mind, my emotions, my will, my body, my nerves, my spirit and its functions, and against the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. I resist all counterfeits, hindrances to my ministry and calling, my spiritual gifts, my prayers, and my authority in Christ.
Father, I thank and praise You for Your salvation and deliverance so rich and free. I praise God that while I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me and ransomed me from the fall. I now claim the blood and righteousness of Christ as my only hope for salvation. I thank You that I was justified, sanctified, given eternal life, and made an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ. I claim all the blessings that are mine because of it.
I claim my union in the crucifixion where I was placed in Christ and as He died for sin, I died to sin. I put off the dead old nature with all its deceitful lusts. I reckon myself now dead indeed to sin.
I claim my union in Christ in the resurrection where I was raised to new life and I put on the new man created in righteousness and true holiness and claim the resurrection power in my life.
I thank You for my union in Christ in the glorification where Jesus was seated at the right hand of God the Father. You have placed me there in Christ. I claim my place there where all principalities, powers, and wicked spirits are put under the feet of Jesus and thus under me. I therefore declare that all principalities, powers, and wicked spirits are subject to me because of this.
I thank You for my union in Christ in Pentecost where I was baptized by the Holy Spirit. I claim the filling of the Blessed Holy Spirit, all His ministry, and His fruit in my life for this day.
I thank You for my union in Christ in the promises; that in Jesus they are all yea and amen. I claim my place as an adult son by the adoption of the Spirit where I now have all the inheritance and authority as an heir of God and co-heir with Jesus Christ. I claim _________ (any promises God has given you personally as well as Phil. 4:19; John 7:38; Eph. 1:3; etc.)
I reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the full will of God. I claim God’s full will for me. I surrender myself to You, Lord, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world by the renewing of my mind so that I may know the full and complete will of God in experience. If the enemy has any ground or hold in my life that robs me of God’s will, I pray You will push it out and expose it that I may be totally Yours. I refuse to believe my feelings, but place my faith completely in You for victory.
I thank You for Your full provision for victory. I put on the full armor of God: the breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth, the sandals of peace on my feet, the helmet of salvation on my head, the sword of the Spirit in my hand, and I cover myself from head to foot with the shield of faith.
I claim all the victory the Lord Jesus Christ has provided for me where He made a show of principalities, powers and wicked spirits, leading them in a victory procession, triumphing over them by His cross. I reject them out of my life, all their insinuations, accusations, condemnations and temptations, hindering, lying, counterfeiting and distorting of the truth. Keep me aggressive in prayer mentally, physically, and spiritually to withstand the enemy in all things.
I choose to please You, Lord, in all things, to obey Your Word, and to live in harmony with You. I choose all the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in my life—His crucifixion, resurrection, and glorification, and all the work of Pentecost (the ministry, fruit and filling of the Holy Spirit). I refuse to be discouraged. You’re the God of all hope. I surrender myself to You completely.
I resist and reject every endeavor of Satan to rob me of the full will of God. I claim God’s will. I now resist and reject all the forces of Satan that are active in my life today. I do all this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks.
Dr. Bill Welte
President & CEO of America’s Keswick
Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life. — Pastor Tim Keller
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.” Proverbs 15:8