Prayers for the spiritual captive should be passionate prayers. Interceding for others in need should be done with prayers that pour out of you as the cries of a mother in travail (Isaiah 26:16-17). As you pray for the spiritual captive, pray earnestly and specifically for them by name and for their specific needs.
This prayer guide is based on the actions of the church in Acts 12 as they prayed for Peter who was bound in chains in prison. Their continuous prayers led to his miraculous release. May we follow their lead and pray accordingly.
Concerning the Spiritual Captive:
Pray for understanding and their eyes to be opened to see truth, to see their true condition, and to see the Lord’s hand of help reaching for them.
Pray for the Lord to “Wake them up” – Shake them – Startle them – Get their attention!
Pray for the Lord to speak to them – Speak to their soul, their need, their heart.
Ask the Lord to bring them to the point of repentance – Causing them to cast off all they used to be – “Draw them to You! Call them to follow You!”
Pray that the Lord would do a miraculous work in them that even they can’t believe!
Specifically name a miracle they need.
Pray for the spiritual prison doors to be opened around them, for their chains to be loosed, and for them to be set free. Ask Jesus to remove any obstacles that stand in the way of their victory. “Order their steps with Your Word, dear Lord!”
Pray for the Lord to give them boldness to tell others about their deliverance and for the Kingdom to grow through their testimony.
In an act of faith, declare victory in their life – Instruct their chains to break, their prison doors to open, their pathway of life to be made straight. Pray in the authority of the Word of God. Quote scriptures that are applicable to their situation.
Thank God for all He is doing in their life. Rejoice over their salvation!
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”
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(Info from: WNOP Prayer Connect Newsletter – World Network of Prayer – firstname.lastname@example.org)