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Father, holy is Your name. We pray that Your kingdom would come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Shared from enlivenblog, prophetic teaching by Helen Calder 

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matt 6:9-10)

Our primary focus in prayer should always be on what Father’s intention is, and what Heaven is doing, rather than what the demonic realm is doing. There will be times, however, when the Holy Spirit reveals a major stronghold or principality over the area, region or nation that we are praying for—or when spiritual warfare is clearly evident.

5 Spiritual Warfare Strategies when Praying and Interceding for Regions

Of all the spiritual warfare principles that I have learned along the way, these five are the most enduring:

      1.Seek God for His Instruction

Throughout the Bible, warfare and breakthrough took place in many different ways. There was no set ‘formula’ to win a battle. The most important thing a leader could do was to seek God and listen for God’s instruction unique to that battle. And it is the same today. For those of us in prayer leadership, this is the hook that all spiritual warfare strategy hangs from. The Holy Spirit may lead you in one or all of the following ways—or He may give you a different strategy altogether. Overcoming in spiritual warfare begins with intimacy with God.

  1. Identify the Enemy—and Father’s Intended Destiny

When God intends for us to engage in spiritual warfare, He will reveal specific insights as to what is happening in the spiritual realm. Often a principality or stronghold will be evident by how it manifests. This information is useful, because where there is a battle there is bounty. The enemy is after the souls of people, but also wants to destroy some specific attribute that Father intends to release and redeem in the region. For example, a spirit of division is robbing people of unity—and with it, the ability to achieve something great that can only be achieved when united. Lust is robbing a people of purity—and by extension is seeking to destroy families, as well as enslave the souls of individuals through addiction and abuse. When we see from the perspective of the cross, we can see past the demonic stronghold, to the Father’s intention and destiny for a region.

  1. Release the Power of Praise

The power of praise cannot be overestimated. Praise puts our focus on our Almighty God, where it should be—and it is also a powerful spiritual weapon.(Ps 149:6-9) In 2 Chron 20, we read of how a powerful enemy army was supernaturally routed when King Jehoshaphat sent out praisers ahead of his army. We also see the power of praise in the NT: When the early church was confronted with opposition and threats from the leaders of the Sanhedrin, their immediate and first response was to praise and magnify God. From that prayer meeting, God’s power was released to further the Gospel. (Acts 4) When spiritual conflict in Phillipi resulted in the arrest of Paul and Silas, their response was one of praise and singing. The power of God shook the dungeon, opened doors, loosed chains, procured their release, brought salvation and enabled the continued advance of the Gospel. (Acts16)

  1. Move in the Opposite Spirit

‘For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.’ (Eph 6:12-13)

A principality over a region fortifies its position by obtaining agreement—and therefore power—over the hearts, minds, actions and words of people. For example, a spirit of poverty in a region is reinforced by a mindset of poverty, by words and media that confess lack, along with actions and political decisions that cater to poverty. These things then become a stronghold. By moving in the opposite spirit, we are used of the Holy Spirit to create a zone where God’s Kingdom is manifested and the stronghold begins to be dismantled. Light breaks into the darkness. This is not only an act of warfare; it also helps us shake off any influence an ungodly regional mindset may have had over our own lives.

Moving in the opposite spirit is not something we do in our own strength; it is initiated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. For example, having identified a spirit of poverty, the Holy Spirit may lead us to renounce poverty and its way of thinking. We can ask Father to release His generosity through us, and He may give us a specific strategy to do so.

  1. Declare Father’s Intentions

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matt 18:18)

Jesus spoke of binding and loosing. One word picture used by Jesus is one of tying up the enemy so that he cannot hold onto his possessions or carry out his plans. (Matt 12:29) This is not about speaking indiscriminate prayers of binding and loosing, but an invitation to see what Heaven is doing and to participate in God’s government. To loose means to allow, unlock and release what Heaven is permitting. To bind means to disallow and command to cease, what Heaven is disallowing. Power to overcome the enemy and break down strongholds is released when we speak, pray and prophesy in agreement with Father’s intention for a region or nation. In Eph 6:17, the Apostle Paul tells us to ‘take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word (rhema) of God.’ In our context of spiritual warfare, this sword could be seen as God’s ‘now’ word and intention for a nation.

Finally, we can also remember that in the NT God’s primary strategy for overcoming the Kingdom of darkness in nations, is the vigorous preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—always accompanied with prayer.

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  1. Please pray urgently for the salvation of my family members, finances, healing, etc.
    Pray for worldwide revival and for the baptism in the holy spirit. Pray for the work of local churches to be led by the holy spirit.
    Pray for prayer groups and intercessors the prayers of the righteous availeth much. Pray against the spirit of antichrist,
    false witness,anger,sexual immorality,greed,murder,idolatry,dissension,witchcraft,jezebel. Pray for Israel. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you (Psa. 122:6).
    Pray that God’s people will be ready for Christ’s Second Coming (II Cor. 11:2).Pray for ministries training laborers for the harvest. Jesus said, Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Matt. 9:38).
    Lastly please pray for kings and all who are in authority (I Tim. 2:2) and for the leaders of my country, that they will be providentially guided in their decisions.

  2. Dearest Father, please forgive us for allowing the enemy to chip away at our religious freedom and forgive us for being Luke warm in our churches. Thank You thatYou are waking up the church to pray for America— to hold on to what have and take back the rest. I thank you for the shed blood of Jesus and by faith l place America under this blood to be protected from the attacks of the enemy. I pray for a hedge of protection over America. I pray for might y angels of war to fight for her . I pray for strong men and women of valor to to pray for the soul of our beloved country. I pray for the leaders in our government to pray and seek Your face and Your will and DO it – that they would rule in righteousness and truth. Please remove those who won’t surrender to you. I pray for the President that peace and blessings would fall on him and that You would give him supernatural strategies to defeat his enemies. I pray for protection over the President ‘s fomily. With thanksgiving, praise, worship, Amen

  3. Father, I pray for a spirit of love to replace the spirits of hate and division in our land. I pray for a humble spirit to replace the spirit of lawlessness that seems to be moving among us. I pray for a spirit of peace and a sound mind to overcome the spirit of chaos that seems to be erupting all around us. May your people who are called by your name humble themselves and pray. May we confess our sin: anger, rage, malice, bitterness, unforgiveness, apathy, prayerlessness, worldliness, pride… Father, I confess that I have been caught up in the turmoil and frequently am not fighting with your weapons of faith, hope and love. Please cleanse us and heal our land. In Jesus’ name, amen.

    1. Amen! Please forgive us Dear Lord for complacency and not doing what You have called us to do. We thank You that You hear our prayers and that Your divine protection would surround our President and his family and that he would know it is You who is doing this for them. I come against the spirits of darkness that have been loosed on this nation and take the authority that You have given me as Your daughter to defeat and send him back to hell where he belongs. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

  4. Oh please please pray for me. I have a demon on me. I am tied up. Oppressed. A demon has me prisoner in my house. I cant leave it. I cant read the Bible. I am stuck. Please please help me. Pray for God for Jesus to release me from the grips of this demon.

    1. I declare God salvation over you. I plead the blood of Jesus. Hallelujah. I pray the Holy Spirit reveal truth to you that will set you free. I pray that you would receive the gift of repentance that will lead you to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25. Call on the name of Jesus. Whosoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved. I proclaim Jesus’s salvation. Hallelujah. In Jesus name. Amen

  5. My husband and I have been separated for 4 years due to him cheating. I was too hurt to reconcile at the time. I am now ready to reconcile and I found out he is dating someone, I am so hurt. I told my husband how I felt and he told me he loved me too and he asked me to pray for him. I believe my husband wants to come back home to our two young children and he has a strong hold placed on him. Can you please pray for his deliverance in this area.

    1. My husband and I were separated for 14 years and by Gods Grace we were miraculously reconciled 4 years ago. Do not give up hope. Forgiveness is the key. But he needs to bear the fruits of repentance before a reconciliation takes place. Trust God during this time and seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And He will give you the desires of your heart. I pray God holds you in His hands and that God convicts your husband of his sin.

  6. Thanks to Abba Father for His Goodness and Mercy. Thanks to the Eternal for family members in Him that stand in the gap for our nation and intercede for the government. It will a great thing for churches to form prayer groups to intercede 24/7 until Thanksgiving Day at least for now because the importance of the mid-term elections. Righteousness exalts a nation!! Let there be Light!!!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥!!! Three days of Praise!

  7. Thank you for this article. I am involved with prison ministry. Our city is supportive of secret societies that wow people with their good works. Many members are sitting on church pews – the battle is real and the church has to wake up and see the need to pray in accord with God’s word. we can’t see the battle in the heavenlies but the effects are all around us. I have seen victory through Prayer and Praise.

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