Steps To Freedom In Christ

These are suggested prayers for confronting demonic oppression so that you may find the freedom and victory that Jesus Christ purchased for you on the cross.  Find a quiet place. Helpful instructions are in Bold and Italicized.  

Pray the following prayers out loud and in the order given. If you experience resistance, just persevere until you reach breakthrough and deliverance!

Acknowledge God and His Protection:
Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge Your presence in this room and in my life. I am dependent on You, for apart from Christ I can do nothing. I stand in the truth that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to the resurrected Christ, and because I am in Christ, I share in that authority to overcome demons and set captives free. I ask that you fill me with Your Holy Spirit and lead me into all truth. I pray for Your complete protection and ask for Your guidance. In Jesus name I pray.

Declaration Against The Demonic:
As a child of God and in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command Satan and all evil spirits to release me in order that I can be free to know and choose to do the will of God. I commit myself to do the will of God and I submit my body and my soul to my heavenly Father as a living sacrifice and as an instrument of righteousness. I refuse to be intimidated or manipulated by Satan’s lies or give in to any physical, mental or emotional harassment. I am a child of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

Renounce Past Occult Practices:
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask You to guard my heart and to reveal to me any and all involvement I have had either knowingly or unknowingly with any cultic or occult practices, false religions and false teachers... Pause and allow the Holy Spirit to bring to mind, then for each one pray...  Lord, I confess that I have participated in ________. I ask Your forgiveness and I renounce ____________ and bind and cast out any evil spirit that my involvement gave place to.

Rebuke All Demonic Spirits:
Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I have been deceived by the father of lies and that I have deceived myself. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that You, Father, will rebuke all deceiving spirits by virtue of the shed blood and resurrection of my Lord Jesus. And by virtue of the faith I have received and the authority as a born-again, washed in the blood believer, I now command all deceiving and demonic spirits to depart from me. I bind them that they would be incapable of causing further oppression and harassment and cast them into the place that Jesus directs them to go. I now ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in all truth and lead me in His everlasting way.  In Jesus name I pray.

Forgive Others:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the riches of Your kindness, forbearance and patience, knowing that Your kindness has led me to repentance. I confess I have not extended that same loving patience and kindness toward others who have offended me and hurt me. Instead, I have harbored bitterness and resentment. I pray that the Holy Spirit would examine my soul and reveal to me right now those people I have not forgiven. For each person that comes to mind,  pray: Lord, I forgive (name) for (offenses) and I thank You for making that forgiveness possible.

Renounce Self-Centered Behavior:
Dear Heavenly Father, You have said that pride goes before destruction and an arrogant spirit before stumbling. I confess that I have not denied myself, picked up my cross daily and followed You. I have given ground to the enemy in my life. I have believed that I could be successful and live victoriously by my own strength and resources. I now confess that I have sinned against You by placing my will before Yours and by centering my life around me instead of around You. I now renounce the self-life and, by doing so, I cancel all the ground that has been gained by the enemies of my Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide me so that I will do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit and with humility I will regard others more important than myself.  Teach me how to be obedient to You Lord and to love as Jesus loves. In His precious name...

Renounce Habitual Sins:
Dear Heavenly Father, You have told us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lust. I acknowledge that I have given in to fleshly lusts which wage war against my soul. Pause and name them: Food, Anger, Unrighteous Sex, Gossip, Lying, Stealing etc. I thank You in Christ my sins are forgiven, but I have transgressed Your holy law and have given the enemy an opportunity to wage war within me. I come before Your presence now to acknowledge these sins and seek Your cleansing that I may be free from the bondage of sin. I now ask You to reveal to my mind if there is anything else I need to renounce that I may fully repent and receive your merciful grace and forgiveness. Confess any other sins and pray the following if appropriate or go to “Ending Prayer”:

Abortion: Lord, I confess that I did not assume stewardship of the life You entrusted to me and I ask Your forgiveness. I accept Your forgiveness right now by forgiving myself and I now commit that child to You for Your care in eternity.  In Jesus name I pray...

Suicidal Thoughts: I renounce the lie that I can find freedom and peace by taking my own life. Those thoughts are not my own but Satan’s who comes to steal, kill and destroy and I renounce those thoughts right now in the name of Jesus Christ...

Substance Abuse: Lord, I confess that I have misused substances... Name each one specifically: Alcohol, Tobacco, Prescription Drugs, Street Drugs... for the purpose of pleasure, to escape reality or to self-medicate to cope with difficult issues in my life. I turned to substances as a substitute for You Lord and in doing so I abused my body, harmed my soul and quenched the Holy Spirit. I ask for Your forgiveness and I renounce any satanic connection or demonic influence in my life through my misuse of these substances in the name of Jesus Christ... 

         Ending Prayer:
I now confess these sins to You and claim through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ my forgiveness and cleansing. I cancel all ground that evil spirits have gained through my willful involvement in these sins. I thank You Lord Jesus for Your deliverance and for Your forgiveness and pray this in Your holy Name.

Renounce Sins of Ancestors and Cast Out Familiar Spirits:
Lord Jesus, I now renounce, reject and disown the sins of my ancestors. By the authority You have given me I cancel out all demonic working that may have been passed onto me and I break that chain of evil right now and prevent it from passing down into further generations. I reject all satanic assignments that have been directed toward me and my ministry and I cancel out every curse that Satan and his workers have ever put on me. I reject any and every way in which Satan may claim ownership of me. I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ who purchased me with His blood. I belong to Jesus and to no other. I am possessed and owned by Almighty God and cannot be possessed and owned by another. I declare myself to be eternally and completely signed over and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. By the authority that I have in Jesus Christ, I now command every familiar spirit and every enemy of Jesus Christ to leave my presence for once and for all. I commit myself to my heavenly Father to do His will from this day forward. I declare this and pray this in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Doctrinal Affirmation:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; 

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. 

And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Final Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You as Your child purchased by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are the Lord of the universe and the Lord of my life. I submit my body and soul to You as an instrument of righteousness, a living sacrifice, that I may glorify You in my own body and soul. I now ask You to fill me and keep filling me with your Holy Spirit. I commit myself to the renewing of my mind in order to show that Your will is good, perfect and acceptable for me. All this I do in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Note: Most of these prayers are taken from “The Bondage Breaker” by Neil Anderson and have been arranged, edited and/or rewritten by Pastor John Hickman for the congregation at New Hope Family Church.

The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it. You can purchase a copy on Amazon.