Group Warfare Prayer
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Group Warfare Prayer

"Dear heavenly Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, as your servant, I come before you right now in behalf of these, your people. Father, these are your people. You have taken them out of the kingdom of darkness. You have placed them in the kingdom of your dear Son. We are your people. You are not angry with us. You were in Christ reconciling us unto yourself. Jesus’ blood was the propitiation for our sins. It covered our sins. It satisfied all the demands of your justice and your holiness. You say in your Word, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” We are all in Christ Jesus. You do not condemn us. Father, you are not the accuser. You convict us of sins so we will confess our sins to you and reject their influence in our life. You never haunt us with accusations saying we are evil; no good, worthless, unacceptable to you; so bad we are not true Christians. We know that such accusations only come from the Enemy.

"You don’t condemn your children. You don’t accuse your children. You love us. Oh, God, oh, Lord Jesus, you said in your Word, “If you then being evil (and we are) know how to give good things to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him?”

"Oh, Father, thank you that you are my father, that you are our father. Thank you that your Spirit in us cries, “Abba Father,” “my own dear father.” Your Spirit within all of my brothers and sisters here in your presence right now is crying to you in their behalf, “Abba Father.” The Spirit Himself within us is making intercession for us right now with groanings that we cannot even utter. We bless you, our Father and our God, that you know the mind of the Spirit.

"Thus, you answer His cries because He prays according to your will through us and we bless you for that. Lord Jesus, we thank you right now that by faith, with the eyes of our spirit, we see you enthroned at the right hand of God interceding for all of us. We also see all demons, all evil principalities and powers placed in subjection to you. You alone are Lord.

"Lord Jesus you say to us in your Word that all authority has been given to you in heaven and on earth. You alone are Lord! You are our Lord! With our mouth we confess, Jesus, you are my Lord! You are our Lord! Your Father has established you as head over all things pertaining to your church and we belong to your church, Lord Jesus. We honor you right now and we bless you as the Lord of our life.

"Lord Jesus, you have bound Satan. You dethroned the Enemy. You took upon yourself human flesh that “through death you might render powerless him who had power over death, that is the devil, in order that you might free us who were in bondage to him.” We thank you that you have already freed us from that bondage. We thank you that you have already rendered Satan powerless against us. Thank you, Father, that when you placed our sins upon your Son, you nailed the death debt decree which was against us to the Cross. Thus you disarmed the evil rulers and authorities that had enslaved us. You triumphed over the demonic principalities and powers. The whole kingdom of evil supernaturalism has been humiliated and defeated by you. Lord Jesus, you made a public display of our defeated enemies. Your angels and all of creation joyfully witnessed the defeat of these fallen angelic beings who had rebelled against your Father. You dethroned them and you defeated them. You tell us in your Word that since we are born of God the Evil One cannot touch us. You have given us authority over “scorpions and serpents and over all the work of the enemy.” You have said to us “Nothing shall by any means hurt” us. You have given to us authority over the kingdom of Satan and we thank you for it. 

"In the name of Jesus Christ, I speak to the evil spirit world in behalf of my brothers and sisters who are here before God. Every demonic power which has been assigned against us to disturb this meeting, get out of here! You have no place here. We, right now, break every demonic curse placed upon us as individuals and as a group. Jesus has born all curses for us. We send you cursing evil spirits out of this room, away from our lives, back to the one who sent you here. Get out now. God’s angels are now removing you from our presence. Every demonic power, every enemy of Jesus Christ attached to the lives of any of God’s people gathered here, I command you in the name of Jesus, be silent! Any evil spirits hiding within the lives of my brothers and sisters, in the name of Jesus, I command you go into the pit of their stomach. You are bound there and you cannot whisper to their minds. You cannot touch their bodies. You cannot disturb their emotions nor influence their will. You cannot do anything. You are bound and you are to shut up and when we tell you to go, you will go and not return. You cannot call upon Satan or any other demonic powers to assist you. We seal off this entire building by the authority we have in Jesus Christ the Lord. We command every external spirit that has nothing to do with the lives of these, God’s people, get out of this room right now! Get out and you cannot come back!" 

"Father, you said you send your angels as ministering spirits to minister to us, your heirs of salvation. You say that the angel of the Lord “camps round about those who fear Him and delivers them.” We ask you right now that your angels will camp right around this room and seal us off from all activity of any external evil spirits. They have nothing to do with what’s going on here. Father, may your angels expel every demonic power that has been sent against us by evil persons. We bless you for that. You are doing so right now. They are being sent back in anger and defeat to those who sent them against us."

"Now Father, we want to come together before you as the representatives of our family line. We want to confess the ancestral, generational sins we are guilty of as families. Those sins which we share in as part of a rebellious lineage. We also want to deal with the sins that have resulted from the abuse we experienced as children. We want to forgive those who have hurt us. We want to ask you to forgive and to bless those who have sinned against us. You told us we are to forgive as we have been forgiven. Finally, we are going to confess to you in a general way the sinful choices we have made, the sinful activities that have opened the door to demonic attachment to our life. Thank you that you are going to hear our confession, Father, because you said that you forgive us and cleanse us when we confess our sins. We thank you that you are going to forgive us right now." 

Brothers and sisters, don’t be afraid of what we are going to do now. I want you to speak out loud after me the words which I speak in your behalf before God. Even if some of the sins I confess in behalf of all of us here you are not personally guilty of, confess them anyway, out loud after me. Thus, we minister in behalf of others in this room who have experienced the curse of those sins . 

"Dear heavenly Father, I am your child. (Repeat.) You have redeemed me. (Continue repeating out loud each phrase.) You have taken me out of the kingdom of darkness. You have placed me in the kingdom of your Son. As far as the east is from the west you have removed my iniquities from me. You promise me in your Word that my sins and my iniquities, you remember no more. How I bless you for that. Dear Father, I want to come before you as the representative of my ancestral line, of my family line. Hear my confession as I confess to you the sins of my fathers as the Scriptures teach. Father, we are a rebellious family. We have rebelled against your Word. We have grieved your Spirit. We have served other gods. We are guilty of sexual sins. We have abused other people. We have been filled with anger and rage and self-pity, with rejection and bitterness. We have hurt other people. We have gossiped. We have stolen, lied, and committed iniquity. We are a sinful people. I ask you right now to forgive me, my parents, my grandparents, my family line for the sins we have committed. I ask you right now to cancel out the sinful transference that you have pronounced in your Word when you said that the sins of my fathers and my father’s fathers would come down through the family line unto the third and fourth generation. Father, I represent a new generation. I want to serve you. I want my children to serve you. Right now I ask you to forgive my family members. I pray with Jesus when he said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” In behalf of those who are still alive, Father, forgive them. Bring them to repentance. Don’t lay their sin to their charge. Father, for me, as the representative of my family, forgive me for my involvement in the sins of my family line. I thank you that the generational curse is broken in your eyes right now. Jesus bore that curse for me and my family."

 "Then, dear Father, you know I was abused as a child. You know I came from a dysfunctional family. My parents didn’t raise me as I should have been raised. Since my early childhood there were problems in my life, there were sexual problems, there were problems of anger, bitterness, shame, a sense of unworthiness, and rejection. Oh, Father, forgive me for these negative dimensions of my life. Father, you know the people whose very name brings a negative reaction within me. They hurt me. They abused me sexually. They abused me physically. They abused me religiously. They sinned against me. Right now, I confess to you my reactionary sin against them, my bitterness, anger, even hatred and rage against these people."

 Let’s take a moment and let God bring some of those names to our minds. Silently choose to forgive those people one by one. Don’t hold back. Remember what Jesus said, “If you do not forgive the transgressions committed against you, your heavenly Father will not forgive you.” He said when you are standing, praying, “Forgive, if you have anything against anyone that your heavenly Father may forgive you.” That’s a principle of the kingdom of God. If the name of someone comes to your mind, someone who did something so awful against you that you have battled for years with anger and unforgiveness, you might not emotionally feel you can forgive as God commands. That is understandable. That results from the serious emotional bruising that you have suffered at the hands of other people. The healing of your emotions will come in time, but you are able now to begin obeying the command of God by choosing to forgive them. It will help you if you can accept the fact that the persons who did you harm were in all probability themselves the victims of somebody else’s abuse. That’s why they acted the way they did against you. That doesn’t absolve them of their accountability, but very often those who have victimized you were themselves first victimized by others. The cycle of sin must be broken and you must make that break right now. The indwelling Holy Spirit will help you right now. Say, "Father, forgive them. (Mention all the names that come to your mind.) They did not know what they were doing. Father, by faith, I choose to forgive them right now."

Perhaps you too have been guilty of the same type of sin against other people. You have been so angry with your parents, brothers or sisters, grandparents or relatives, or a babysitter or friend, people of different race, ethnic group, social class, or whoever it might be, that you, in turn, have poured out your anger on other people. Perhaps you too have victimized your loved ones, your husband or wife or your children or your parents or others and you want to right now ask God to forgive you. Do it, quietly. We will all pray silently for a few moments. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind those who need your forgiveness. The Lord, by His Spirit, will bring other names to your mind later today, tomorrow, and the days ahead. You can continue to choose to forgive. "Dear Father, I choose to forgive all of these people whose names you have brought to my mind. I choose to forgive everyone whose name you will yet bring to my mind in the days ahead. I have been angry with them. I have hated them. I have been bitter towards them. I have fantasized harm happening to them because they hurt me so much. Father, forgive them. They didn’t know what they were doing. They, themselves, were victims of sins committed against them in their childhood, through their family line or by other sinful people." 

"Father, right now, by faith, I choose to forgive all those who have sinned against me. I forgive all of them without exception, especially that one person who did me so much harm. I have battled for years with my inability and/or unwillingness to forgive him, her, and the others. I do it now, by faith, by the power of your Spirit. Lord, more than that, by faith I choose to love them with your love. In myself I don’t find that love. In your love for me I can extend my love and your love to them. I want them to be redeemed. I don’t want them to go to hell. May your grace work in their life if they are still alive and bring them to repentance for the evil that they have done just, Father, as you have done with me. I want them to love you the way I love you."

"Now, dear Father, I right now claim your promise that if I confess my sins (and I have done that) you are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Thank you, Father, that you have forgiven me and that I am now free to forgive them. Dear Father, I have more confession to make to you. I have willfully sinned against you from my childhood until now. You know those sins that I have committed, willfully. I am ashamed. Lord, I know that you want to forgive me and set me free. Lord, I now confess all my sins to you. I confess and renounce all my sexual sins, both in actual sexual activity as well as those of the mind and imagination. Cleanse me, Father. I confess and reject my sins of anger, pride, stubbornness, bitterness, rejection, shame, wanting my own way, contention, division, worldly ambitions—all of this evil, oh, God, I am ashamed of it all. I have sinned against you and ask you to forgive me." 

"Now Lord, I take all of my sins in one group and lay them before you. I renounce them. I confess them. I reject them. I want nothing to do with them. I want to be pure. I want to be a person of God. You have said in your Word, “Be ye holy because I am holy.” I want to be holy. I claim your promise that if I confess these sins as I have now done, that you are faithful and just and you are forgiving me right now. The blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, is being applied to my heart right now. I am being washed clean. I am no longer guilty. I am free. Thank you, Father. I bless your wonderful name."

Now, brothers and sisters, we are going to break all demonic activity which these sins have drawn to our life. Just relax. Don’t fight anything that takes place inside of you. You are not going to be embarrassed. Nothing is going to hurt you. I am going to speak out as your representative. Don’t try to analyze what is going on. Just listen and let the Spirit of God do what He does. Jesus said, “I cast out demons by the Spirit of God. . . .” Jesus by His Holy Spirit dwells inside of you. He is going to evict those squatters. He is going to break their attachment to any area of your life. He is going to send them where He wants them to go because there is no longer any grounds for them to be attached to your life. They can only be attached to you because of sin grounds. We have removed those sin grounds.

Just listen and relax. Don’t be afraid. Just let the Spirit of God do what He does. If you feel something strange occurring inside of you don’t worry about it. Nothing is going to hurt you. Anything that doesn’t belong inside of you is going to begin to go out. However, don’t depend on any feelings. Just relax in the presence of God. Let the Spirit of God apply to your life what I am now going to do as your spokesman, what we are going to do together:

"In the name of Jesus Christ, I stand as the representative of these, my brothers and sisters. I now take my position with these my brethren as reigning with Jesus Christ. I speak and we speak to every enemy of Jesus Christ, every demonic power that has been assigned and attached to the lives of my brothers and sisters here. All of you evil spirits who have come down through the family line, your right to afflict their life has been broken. They have confessed the sins of their fathers. Any of you who have come in as a curse placed upon them as children, that curse has been broken. Any of you demonic powers who have become attached to the lives of my brothers and sisters through the abuse they suffered as children, you no longer have any place in their life. They have forgiven those who have done harm against them. Every demonic power who in any way is attached to the lives of my brothers and sisters because of sins which they themselves have committed, you must now go. You no longer have any grounds in their life. As a servant of God, I come into the spirit world and right now in the name of Jesus Christ, I draw you away from and out of the life of these my brothers and sisters. I break your attachment to their lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to go, right now, quietly the same way you came in, and do not return. Go to where Jesus sends you and you cannot come back. My brothers and sisters are being set free."

I would like all of you to pray out loud with me: "Thank you, dear Father. (Repeat each phrase.) I bless you that you have forgiven my sins. Spirit of God, I bless you, praise you and thank you today that you have set me free. Anything that was internal in my life has quietly gone the same way it came in. Anything external to my life has been broken away. The bondage that I have been facing is now diminishing and will continue to diminish in the days ahead. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you promised in your Word, “If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed.” Lord, I thank you that you have set me free right now. I just want to worship you. I want to draw near to you. I ask you to draw near to me now."

Just praise Him, dear brothers and sisters. Thank Him in your own heart. If your practice is to pray out loud quietly, then do so. Just worship Him right now. Thank Him for what He has done for you and for the life of all of God’s people here. Just in your own way, pray. If you want to stand up and bless Him, do it. If you want to just sit where you are that is perfectly acceptable. Just praise Him. Don’t shout and disturb others, but praise Him out loud. Pray with joy and faith. Pray and praise. Now, I would like you to follow me in this last united prayer, out loud.

"Dear heavenly Father. (Repeat.) I lift my heart to you right now. I worship you. Oh, I love you. You are my Father. You don’t judge me. You don’t condemn me. I belong to you. You called me to be your child. You separated me from this world. You took me out of the kingdom of darkness and placed me into the kingdom of your Son. I worship you right now. Thank you, Father, that I am free. I bless you, I am free from the bondage that was mine in these areas of my life that I have brought before you. I thank you that within my being I sense as never before the flow of your Spirit, the freedom to go out into the world and face those former sources of temptation and not be drawn to them because I am free. Your Spirit has made me free. Bless your wonderful name. Draw near to my life, now. Make me to be the child you want me to be. I pray all of this in the name of your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus and for your glory. Amen."

 (An actual [edited] group spiritual warfare prayer led by Dr. Ed Murphy in churches in the U.S.A. and around the world.)
From Handbook for Spiritual Warfare by Dr Ed Murphy pp 275 - 279