Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Prayer: The Proclamation of Freedom

Many of us take our words for granted and we don't think that what we say has very much authority.  Simply reflecting on the reality of how the words of other people have wounded us or have blessed us shows us that what say has power attached to it.  That is why we need to be very careful about making false promises and statements.  What we say is one way we bring things into reality.  That is why a prayer like this, a proclamation of the reality that we want to live, can be so powerful.  There is nothing magically about these words, but the words carry power when we say them with the intention of living a life of faith.  This proclamation of freedom is adapted from an exercise Pastor Greg Boyd did at Woodland Hills Church on September 4, 2011.  I hope that you find blessing and freedom through it.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 
~ Galatians 5:1 (ESV)

Through the authority of Jesus Christ, who died for sin, I declare that I am free.  He has rescued me from the kingdom of darkness and He has brought me into His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Light.

On the authority of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead, I declare that I am no longer a slave, that all chains are broken, the power of sin has been defeated, and the bondage to Satan has ended.

By the authority of Jesus Christ, who now stands at the right hand of God, I declare that I will stand fast in freedom, that I will be a good steward of the life given to me, that I will hold on to the inheritance promised to me, and that I will not return to the slavery of sin.

On the authority of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord, I renounce all bondage to fear, to insecurities, to greed, to despair, and to depression.  We renounce all sexual addictions, all drug addictions, and all people pleasing addictions.  And I renounce all bondage to self-centeredness, to the cultural idols, and anything else that has the power to enslave me.  For who the Son has set free is free indeed!


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