The Word of God is our most powerful weapon against the attacks of satan. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He also used scripture to overcome the temptations. Below are several scriptures that you can use to pray for yourself and your loved ones when you need to pray against the work of the devil in your lives. Some attacks that can lead you to engage in spiritual warfare can include depression, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, discouragement, demonic manifestations, lustful temptation, or others.
Spiritual warfare prayers are different than our usual prayers of petition to God. Prayer is simply when we speak to God or ask Him for something that we need. In spiritual warfare we are fighting spiritually against the devil/demonic force that’s coming against us. Binding and casting out demons is one example of spiritual warfare. Another example is confessing out loud how wonderful and powerful Jesus is in the midst of your trouble (worshipping God when you are getting attacked confuses the enemy).
Before you start
(To engage in spiritual warfare, you must be in Christ. If you would like to know how you can give your life to Jesus please click here.)
If you are already a born-again Christian, you should take time to repent of any sins that you have committed before engaging in spiritual warfare, and make sure that you’re walking in God’s ways. (We cannot fight against satan if we’re living in sin.) If you will repent of your sins and obey The Lord, Jesus will surely help you when you call on Him!
How to pray in scripture
It is very helpful to pray for The Holy Spirit to lead you in your prayers. Then you can begin by praying the scripture as-is, or forming it into a personal prayer. For example, after confessing 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 out loud, you can pray “I pull down the strongholds of satan in my life, in Jesus Name!” You can also name the specific stronghold you are encountering within your prayer.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
(These scriptures were taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible)