Who is Satan and What is Spiritual Warfare?
Spiritual warfare is a battle that rages all around us. It is behind so much of what we struggle with. And today we are going to dive into the topic followed by some of the powerful spiritual warfare prayers that have helped me to do battle.
Satan is a Hebrew word that means “adversary”. Satan may be the leader of all demons but we know that there were many fallen angels that work as our adversaries.
(Revelation 12:4, Jude 1:6, 2 Peter 2:4)
This was new to me, even recently. I’ve always pictured Satan as one being and because of this, I’ve believed he had more power than he does.
But angels, especially fallen ones, have nowhere near the power of our God.
Satan cannot read minds. He cannot thwart God’s plan. He cannot be everywhere at once.
But he is real and he is your enemy. He is studying you. He is watching and waiting to do everything he can to convince you that you have no hope and no victory in Christ.
So we need to be alert and we need to be prepared (1 Peter 5:8).
So although Satan is not all-powerful, he is still at work in this broken world and we must be alert and prepared to fight this battle every single day. His arrows are flying at us constantly, but in Christ, we can take up the shield of faith and extinguish every single one.
In prayer and truth, there is power to overcome Satan’s attacks and stand firm in faith.
What is Spiritual Warfare Victory?
Christ has given us the power to overcome Satan. We may have trouble in this world (John 16:33) but in Christ, who has overcome the world, we can walk in victory.
When we face Spiritual warfare, or Satan’s attempts to steal us away from the abundant life Christ offers us, we must remember that victory is ours already.
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. -Luke 10:17-18
Jesus sent the disciples to cast out demons and in this beautiful description (verse 18) he says that he saw Satan fall from the heavenly places. He watched as the disciples used His Heavenly power to cast out Satan.
There was a time several years ago where I was overcome with anxiety, pain and heartbreak. Things from my past resurfaced and I struggled. Satan entered into that time and spoke lies that God didn’t love me, that I was worthless and unlovable, that these painful trials were a shame that I must live in.
I was unaware of how to battle the lies and find God in this dark time. My faith faltered and I thank God that He continued to pursue me.
Spiritual warfare victory is not in avoiding trials and pain. We live in a broken world and we will face these things. But victory is in walking in the abundance and hope that Christ promises us in the midst of our trials.
When the anxiety or painful memories resurface now, I know what needs to be done. I know that the lies are Satan’s attempt to steal my joy and my hope. And although they are painful, I can cling to Christ and the victory He has won for me.
The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Warfare
When you accept Jesus, the Holy Spirit enters into you and lives within you. This, Jesus told his disciples, was even greater than being with Jesus himself. (John 16:7)
Jesus was only human and with so many capabilities but the Holy Spirit lives within each of us and comforts us and guides us and sanctifies us and restores us.
Right now you have the power of the Holy Spirit of God inside you. Remember this as you face Spiritual Warfare. Remember this as you pray and stand against Satan’s attacks. Remember the victory that Christ won lives in you right now.
Tips on How to Pray Through Spiritual Warfare
Pray Out Loud
There is power in speaking our prayers aloud. Satan cannot read our minds and when we speak and proclaim God’s sovereignty over our situation, we remind Satan of where our hearts stand firm. I know we cannot always pray out loud, but when you can, I would encourage you to give it a try. There is power in spoken prayer.
In the same way, praying Scripture and speaking Scripture aloud is incredibly powerful. God’s Word is our weapon against Spiritual warfare. When you can incorporate Scripture into your prayers, I would really encourage you to do so. Many of the prayers below will have Scripture incorporated.
When we pray Scripture, we can know we are praying the will of God over our situation. And when you don’t know how to incorporate it, sometimes just speaking a verse aloud is a powerful way to bring you healing and hope in a moment of struggle.
Pray With Other Believers
We are created for community. In a community, we have accountability, support and encouragement. In community, we have the opportunity to serve. In community, we can come alongside each other and love as God has called us to.
So when you are struggling, I would encourage you to find other believers to pray with. This may look like calling up your best friend, reaching out to a mentor or the pastor of your church. Or this may look like stepping out of your comfort zone and joining a bible study or Christian support group. In whatever way, find someone who can pray with you and this will help and encourage you in your battle in so many ways.
Write Down Prayers
When I started writing down prayers was when my prayer life really transformed. It’s so easy to get sidetracked as we pray. And having written specific and fervent prayers has been a powerful way for me to stay steadfast in prayer.
Start With Gratitude
When we come to the Lord in thanksgiving, powerful things happen. It reorients our minds to the ways in which God has blessed us and been faithful to us. This is a powerful way to stand against Satan and his lies. Take a minute each day to write down 3-5 things you are grateful for. This is a powerful way to start battle in Spiritual warfare.
Pray for Open Eyes
Ask the Lord to open your eyes. There is so much that is unseen. The heavenly realms hold a battle between good and evil. This is going on all around us all the time. Ask God to reveal the lies, the schemes and the plans that Satan has working against You and ask His Spirit to enter into You in this battle. When our eyes are opened to the true battle, that is when we can truly take a stand.
Scriptures to Pray for Spiritual Warfare Victory
Be subject (submit) therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. -James 4:7
Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me. Fight against those who fight against me. -Psalm 35:1
For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. -Ephesians 6:12
Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. -1 Peter 5:8
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. -2 Thessalonians 3:3
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. -2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. -John 10:10
Powerful Spiritual Warfare Prayers
Prayer for Spiritual Warfare
Lord, thank you for Your victory over Satan. Thank you for the promise that You have overcome. I praise You for Your sovereignty and goodness. I surrender my heart and my hurt to You right here and now. I proclaim that You are the One who is sovereign over the warfare in my life. I proclaim that You are the one who is in control. I ask, Lord, that You would fill me with your Holy Spirit right now. Strengthen me to stand firm in Your power and to fight the good fight. I pray that, in Your Name, Satan would flee. I choose to resist the lies and schemes. Show me where he is at work, reveal his lies to me so that I can fight. I choose to put on the Armor of God and do battle with You, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer to Resist Satan’s Attacks
Lord, I am under attack. I feel the weight of Satan’s lies and schemes against me. I know that in Your Word you show us that our battle is not against flesh and blood. I choose right now, Lord to resist all of Satan’s attacks. I know that in Your Strength I have the power and authority to do this. I know that in Your power I have victory. But I also acknowledge that it won’t be easy. I proclaim Your goodness and Your love for me over this situation. Strengthen me and work within me, Lord. I choose to submit to You and Your plan for me and Your truth and to resist the devil. I know that as I do this, Satan has to flee. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer for Protection Against Evil
Lord, you have promised that when I submit to You and resist Satan, he has to flee. You have promised that You have overcome the world. I fully surrender right here to You and to Your will. Shape me and mold my heart to desire things of Your will above all else. I ask that Your Spirit would come upon me and would protect me from evil. No one can thwart Your good plan and I proclaim Your sovereignty. Where evil tries to take a foothold in my life, tear it out and replace it with truth and victory. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer to Put on the Armor of God
Lord, right now I acknowledge that my battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil. I choose today to put on the full armor of God to stand against Satan and his attacks. I buckle the belt of truth around my waist and choose to stand on Your truth. Bring to the surface and shine Your light on any lies that I am believing. I put the breastplate of righteousness in place choosing to stand firm in the righteousness that comes from Christ. I fit my feet with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace and choose to rest in Your peace today. I take up the shield of faith to protect my heart and mind from all of Satan’s flaming arrows. I place the helmet of salvation on my head, ensuring the safety of my mind as I rest in Your salvation. And finally, I take up the sword of the Spirit, my offensive weapon against Satan, Your Word and choose to do battle with Your powerful Word. Be with me Lord, as I seek to stand firm in my faith and fight against Satan’s attacks.
Prayer for Guidance in Spiritual Warfare
Lord, open my eyes to the work and schemes of Satan. Remove the veil and bring awareness to the lies. I submit myself to You right here and now. I ask that You would fill me with Your Spirit and guide me as I do battle. I take up the Armor and hold up the shield of faith to extinguish the arrows of Satan. I know that as I submit to You and resist Satan, he has to flee. I acknowledge that my battle is not against the physical problems in my life, but that it is in the heavenly places, the places where You already have victory. Show me how to walk in this victory in the battle. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer for Marriage and Spiritual Warfare
Lord, my marriage is Yours. I surrender my role in my marriage to You. I surrender my desires and my hurts in my marriage to You. I ask that Your Spirit would guide us as we seek to love each other as You call us to. Open our eyes to the lies that Satan tries to web into our conversations and interactions. Reveal any ways in which Satan has tried to drive a wedge. Help us to do battle in prayer, together and separately. Show us how we can fight for our marriage and stand firm in faith as we do so. Where there is anything broken or needed to be redeemed, I ask that You would reveal these areas to us and restore and redeem them. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer for Motherhood and Spiritual Warfare
Lord, I thank you so very much for the gift of my children. I thank you for my role as a mother and the ways in which You have worked in me in this. I choose right now to take my stand against any lies or schemes that Satan has directed at me towards a mother. I ask that Your Spirit would fill me and fuel me in this journey. I surrender this day to You, my goals and my desires to You and I ask forgiveness for any shortcomings or ways in which I have sinned against You or my children. May Your Spirit enter into me and into this journey and protect me and my family from Satan’s influence. We are a household of the Lord and invite Your Spirit into our home. Teach me to do battle as a mother, as a wife and especially for my children. Protect them and guard them and draw them to You. I proclaim Your goodness and sovereignty over their lives and trust that You have a good plan for each of them. In Jesus Name, Amen.