Do you need to move a mountain? God invites you, through intercessory prayer, to speak to Him what His Spirit imparts on you in prayer. We have access to the secret places of God’s heart so that we can bring kingdom values down to others.
17 The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Prayers to Break Strongholds
What seeds have you been planting into the soil of your life? At times I’ve planted the wrong seeds into my heart and allowed woundedness, wrong thinking, bitterness, and even sin to take root, not realising an unwanted harvest would result. Other times I thought I was planting good into my life, yet I allowed bad things to take root, with not great results. Then there were the times the enemy himself sprinkled seeds of doubt and faithlessness into my seeds of faith, hope, and love. The resulting crop was unexpected, because I hadn’t realised the enemy had been in my garden, and I soon discovered the enemy’s tares were difficult to weed.
Maybe you can relate. As you look at the state of the garden of your heart, maybe you see that unwanted weeds, or strongholds, have taken root. This is not the garden you intended to plant, and now you are at a loss about how to repair your crop. Paul, in Galatians 6:7–8, talks about this problem. He says, “7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
A stronghold is when the enemy’s seeds of anger, self-pity, a poverty mindset, lies, shame, depression, grief, confusion, addiction, lust, laziness, and pride result in a harvest of sin, ineffectiveness, endless struggles, failures, and even fatigue, pain, and illness. Some of these strongholds we planted ourselves through ignorance, bitterness, hate, woundedness, or confusion. Other strongholds have taken root through the work of the enemy, who sowed trauma, difficulties, grief, and wrongs committed against us into our lives.
However these strongholds came to be, we can use prayer to weed them from our hearts. In fact, prayer can act as a spiritual weed killer to poison their very roots. When it comes to our hearts, we must protect the flowers and kill the weeds.
Abba Father, demolish any stronghold that holds captive my heart and mind and place within me the seeds of Your choosing. I desire my life to be used to bring forth the goodness and majesty of Your Word. In Jesus’s name and through the power of His blood, Amen.
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