Prayer to Find Freedom
My WHOA sisters,
Thank you for allowing me to stand with you as you seek freedom and restoration in the presence of the Lord. As you prepare for a time of prayer and purification, I want to share with you a little more from my journey.
One of the most powerful and dynamic truths I learned early in my walk with God was the principle of appropriating His promises. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
This relates to what God spoke to His people in Exodus:
The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. (34:6–7)
I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments. (20:5–6)
Perhaps you, like me, have seen the sins of your forefathers travel through generations of your family. Before coming to Christ, I had been guilty of sexual sin, as well as occult involvement (through astrology and questionable books, movies, and toys) and drug and alcohol abuse. The curse from such sins had been evident for generations of my family in things like divorce, cancer, and alcoholism. (Thus, while I have shared with you primarily on the topic of sexual sin, the prayer below will give you opportunity to address these other areas of bondage as well.)
As children of God, you and I are positioned in Christ, who broke the power of every curse. He redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written:
“Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:13–14)
In Christ, we inherit the blessings of Abraham. We inherit God’s promises instead of the curse! In Christ, we hear “yes”—not an “if you keep the law, yes,” but an “in Christ, yes.” Now notice again our part in 2 Corinthians 1:20:
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (emphasis added)
Our part is to say “amen,” or “let it be so!” We look into the Word and by faith draw near so the Word can be made flesh in our lives. We appropriate the Word in our lives by faith. We submit our wills and thus our lives to His truth by saying, “I receive Your engrafted Word into my heart. Let it have its way in my life.”
You may have already spent some fasting or in worship in preparation for this time of prayer. If you have not, I ask you to consider doing so, that you may be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit as He gently guides you now.
Please make sure you are alone or with only a close friend or prayer partner before proceeding, for you will need to speak out loud your petitions, renouncements, and your response, “yes and amen.”
As much as possible I have constructed this prayer by combining Scriptures, for the Word of God is the sharp and powerful, two-edged sword of the Spirit. I have also included references at the close of this document for your further study.
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Dear Heavenly Father,
I come before You in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus; I enter Your gates with thanksgiving and come into Your courts with praise. I am overwhelmed by Your gracious mercy and love for me, and I thank You in advance for the mighty work of redemption You have wrought in my life.
Now I intend to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel. You are the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and obey His commands. Let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant. I confess my sins and the sins of my father’s house, every transgression we have committed against You. Forgive us, for we have acted very wickedly toward You. We have been covered with shame because we sinned against You. But You, Lord, our God, are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against You and have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws He gave us through His servants, the prophets. We ask You to circumcise our hearts and roll away the sin, shame, and reproach of our sojourn in Egypt from us.
I confess and renounce my sin and the sins of my forefathers, for any and all involvement in the occult, witchcraft, or divination.(Pause here, and stay sensitive to add anything the Holy Spirit brings to your attention to specifically renounce before continuing. This may include, but certainly is not limitedto, astrology, séances, horror movies, games, books, etc.)I renounce my involvement in these things and break their curse off my life and off the lives of my children, their children, and their children’s children.
Drug and alcohol abuse
I confess and renounce my sin and/or the sins of my forefathers in the area of drug and alcohol abuse. Father, close any door this may have opened in the spirit realm to sin, bondage, or oppression. I renounce my involvement with(specificallycall the drugs out by name, if applicable), and I break the power of their curse off my life and off the lives of my children, their children, and their children’s children.
Father, I confess and renounce my sin and the sins of my forefathers for any and all involvement in sexual sin and all impurity, perversion, incest, and promiscuity.(Be sensitive here to specifically name the sins you are renouncing. Speak them out before Him without shame. There is nothing hidden—He knows each of them already and longs to remove their weight of guilt and shame from you. Then, when you are ready, proceed.)
Father, take the sword of Your Spirit and sever every ungodly sexual soul tie between me and… (Listen to the Holy Spirit, and speak each name out as you hear it. It is quite possible the names may even be of those with whom you did not have intercourse, but with whom you were sexually or emotionally involved in a way that should be reserved for your husband or Savior alone.)
After speaking each name out individually, pray this:
Father, release Your angels to retrieve the fragments of my soul from these men (or women). Restore them to me by Your Spirit so that I might be whole, holy, and set apart for Your pleasure.
Father, I renounce the hold of every perverted and promiscuous image. Forgive me for allowing vile and perverted images before my eyes. I make a covenant according to Psalm 101:3, and I will guard the issues of my heart by way of the gateway of my eyes. I will not allow any vile thing before my eyes. I renounce every unclean spirit and command it and its influence to leave my life.
Father, wash me in the cleansing blood of Jesus, for it alone has the power to cleanse and atone. I consecrate myself now as Your temple; by the power of Your Holy Spirit, remove all defilement of the spirit, soul, and flesh from this sanctuary. Fill me to overflowing with the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit. Open my eyes to see, my ears to hear, and my heart to receive all that You have for me. I am Yours. Have Your way in my life.
If you seek to know more about God’s vision for your sexuality, I encourage you to read my book Kissed the Girlsand Made Them Cry. May you flourish before your Father as you learn to live His dream.
For further study, see: Psalm 100:4, 2 Chronicles 29:10–11, Nehemiah 1:5–7, Daniel 9:8–10, Joshua 5:9, Matthew 10:34, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Chronicles 29:5–6
This content was adapted from “Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry: Why Women Lose When They Give In” (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002). Scripture quotations are from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™