DELIVERING “LAWFUL CAPTIVES”
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the
mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children (Isaiah 49:24-25).
Sometimes, there’re things that happen to certain individuals, families, cities, communities or even nations because of sin—evil and wickedness that thrive in their midst; and such people become
lawful captives. But because of the mercy of God, we’re able to deliver them through prayer. That’s part of what we read in our opening scripture. How do you do this?
The first part is when you issue your word of faith in the Name of Jesus Christ, and the second part is when you engage in heartfelt, continued intercession. Since they became legal captives by reason of their actions, you can’t just free them by issuing words of faith. You have to intercede in prayer. You may even have to get other like-minded Christians to join you to intercede for that family, city, or nation.
One of the rules in intercession is that you must be persistent, and continue in prayer for as long as it takes for you to see the desired result. You can put Satan’s dominion in your family, community, city, and country to an end and liberate men and women from his clutch-hold, in the Name of Jesus, in heartfelt, continued intercession. Hallelujah!
Dear Father, all the nations of the earth are yours; I declare that Satan’s activities in the nations are paralyzed and your light shines in all nations with salvation and righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Ezekiel 22:29-31; Luke 4:18-19
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Philippians 4:4-23 & Isaiah 42-43
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 4:10-18 & 1 Kings 12