Praying for deliverance from slavery, or bondage

Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8: 32.
The most liberating truth is that Christ came to set us free, “us” being anyone who is willing to receive Him, obey Him, and be transformed by Him.

Slavery, or bondage, in any form, is not God’s original plan for human beings. It is of the enemy. When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, they lived as His friends and were free. The Devil was aware of that and he interfered with God’s plan.(Gen 3: 1ff)

Slavery to the devil could be direct, or indirect through people in your personal relationships, at work, or social alliances. It can be spiritual, physical, emotional, or psychological. It can also be through making bad choices that becomes a habit.

Since BC and into AD, physical slavery was common (Ephesians 6: 5 – 9). In theory, physical slavery ended with the spread of Christianity and increase in human enlightenment. If you keep current on global affairs, you know this appalling crime still exist. God condemns slavery in any form. It goes against heaven’s plan for human beings.

On a spiritual level, the Bible acknowledges that spiritual (and psychological) bondage will continue to exist for those who obey Satan, but reminds us that Christ came to set us free from all forms of slavery to the prince of this world (Ephesians 2: 1ff). In Christ, there is neither slave, nor free. A personal relationship with Christ is the antidote to a life under the enemy rule.

God, through His love and a desire to restore us into a direct relationship with Him, sent Jesus Christ to set the captives free. (Luke 4: 16 – 19). By trusting Christ and committing to Him, you align yourself with the Gentle Master, who loved you so much that He sacrificed His life for you.

As a believer in Christ, you chose to be bound to Him, therefore your allegiance should be to Him (Eph. 6:6ff). His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11: 28 – 30). Christ promised to trade His easy yoke, for our heavy burdens, if we are willing to entrust our lives to Him. Christ will carry your heavy burden for you and give you rest.

Christ often used real life examples of the culture in which He lived. He spoke in the common man’s language – painting visual pictures that His audience could understand. The Jewish people were mostly farmers during His time, who either owned, or leased land. They used beasts of burden for many chores such as ploughing, pressing grapes, treading grain and transportation of heavy goods. Oxen were beasts of burden in many farming communities and still are in some emerging markets today. When farmers used to plough with oxen, a good farmer followed certain protocols to ensure the safety of his oxen:

  • He tied a straight wooden rod – a light yoke – around the oxen’s necks to help them plough in a straight line, without restricting them. He especially protected their necks from getting injured.
  • He switched the oxen’s positions frequently, to even out the burden of pulling the plough.
  • He guided the animals gently around the field as they worked. He did not beat them.
  • He did not keep the animals ploughing all day. He started early in the morning so he could stop by noon when it became too hot.
  • He watered the animals and let them graze.
  • He changed oxen frequently, depending on how many he had, to give each bull days of complete rest and refreshing.
  • In other words, the farmer took good care of his oxen. He did not misuse them. He did not abuse them. Godly Jewish farmers were pious people who followed the laws about farming and taking care of their oxen very closely, knowing they were answerable to God in how they treated their animals (I Tim 5: 18). You are more precious to God than a beast of burden. Christ died for you.

    To those who are weary and tired, Christ is more than a gentle farmer (Matt 11: 28 – 30). He will not misuse you. He will not abuse you. He will heal you from all abuses, give you a new beginning and guide you gently along the right path.

    Example of a prayer that anyone can pray to be set free:
    “Lord God, I thank you that through your love for us, you sent Christ to set the captives free and to free the downtrodden from oppression. I declare that since Christ set me free through His shed blood, I am free. I choose to forgive those who oppressed me, or tried to enslave me, or put me in any kind of bondage – whether physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. I surrender them to you and I lay my pain before your throne. Forgive them. Open their eyes to see and help them repent.

    Father, in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ and by the authority you have given me through Him, I bind the power of Satan and loose the chains of slavery. Release me from all bondage – physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual – and help me break free. I lay all before your throne and surrender all my burden to you. Here they are, LORD, please take them. Thank you for delivering me and sealing my freedom through Christ! Help me live, grow and enjoy the new life you have given me through Him. Amen.”

    Shorter version of a prayer anyone can pray to be set free:

    “Father, Your Word says that Jesus came to set me free from all bondage. By faith in Him and through His mighty power, I bind the power of Satan and release myself from the bondage of ___________and walk free in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

    Example of prayer for deliverance from bad habits formed through making bad choices:

    “LORD God, thank you that You sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to set all who submit to You through Him, free from all oppression. Your love prohibits anyone who wants to be changed from inside out, to continue living in bondage to the god of this world. LORD, open my eyes to see the Deceiver for who he is and help me flee from him.

    Your Word says that You are able and willing to forgive those who truly repent. I’m sorry for any bad choice I made that contributed to this situation ____________. Thank you for forgiving me. In the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, I bind the power of Satan and loose my chains and walk free. Thank you for delivering me from the bad habit of ________.

    Father, I humbly ask that from now on, You will help me make choices that honor You, so that I will live victorious and free. Fill me to overflowing with joy from above, in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen.”

    Shorter version of an honest prayer to be delivered from making bad choices (Jonah 2: 1ff):
    “LORD, I made a mess of my life and got myself in this hole. Please get me out! Please forgive me and turn my life around, that I may live to glorify you. Help in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

    After you have prayed for deliverance, start thanking God for answering your prayers, every time you think about your situation, until He answers fully.

    Scripture References
    John 8: 31 – 32
    Ephesians 2: 1ff; 6: 5ff
    Matthew 11: 28 – 30
    Luke 4: 18 – 19.
    Jonah 2: 1 – 10
    I Timothy 5: 18

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