EVICTING THE TORMENTERS
Something I have loved doing since I have understood how to communicate with God the Father and Jesus through the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit is to PRAY. I have developed prayers for various struggles that men and women face who are truly trying to live lives pleasing to the Father. One that has been really helpful to me in my walk with the Lord is what I will call
Prayer for Freedom from the Tormenter
We know we are tormented when we find ourselves being drawn to do something we don’t want to do-something that makes us ashamed or hopeless or wonder if we really are born again. For those of us who have clung to Jesus, made Him our Savior, turned our lives over to Him, longed for more and more knowledge of God the Father yet struggle with that one sinful thought or temptation, we are being tormented. We can be free from the tormenter. This comes with the guidance and direction of Holy Spirit.
Here is my strategy that I have used and continue to use as I see the need. We recently had a meeting where we identified tormentors in our lives. Here is my strategy that I use for myself and others.
Hypothetical scene. Let’s say we are never satisfied, that we want what others have. We want their houses, their husbands, their clothes, their personalities and we are disgusted and unhappy with our own lot in life. Let’s pray.
Pray the truth to God. Father I know from Your Word Paul was treated so badly, he faced such horrible circumstances yet he learned the secret of being content in every situation so I know that I can, too. (2 cor 11:23-25, Phil 4:12-13) Lord, Your Word says that I am to be free from the love of money and to be content with what I have because you said you would never leave nor forsake me. (Hebrews 13:5) Your Word says that godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Ti 6:6-7) You warned us to be on guard for every kind of greed because my life doesn’t consist of an abundance of possessions. (Luke 12:15) Lord, I know that if delight in You, You will give me the desires of my heart. (Psalm 37:3-4)
Now (isolating the tormenter and evicting him or them)
*You spirit that makes me hate what’s in my closet, resent that I can’t get a trainer, be jealous of believers that draw huge crowds in big arenas, am stuck with my little house when they get to have summer homes and vacations paying for all their children and grandchildren.
*You spirit that draws my mind to writers that publish 20 books a year while I struggle with one over a five year period
*You spirit that never sleeps and is always tormenting me thinking of what I don’t have and what they do have
I command you in the name of Jesus to leave my body, my home, my family, my neighborhood, my city and not return. I am up to your tricks and no more will I listen to your taunts. Go! In the name of Jesus.
IV Thank you Father, Son, Holy Spirit for helping me to see that I have been tormented but no more! I am filled with all that is good and pure because my first desire to live a life pleasing to you.
Oh Lord, I praise and Love You! Thank You so much for showing me the contents of my heart and how I allowed those tormenters to think they had access to me. Thank You for showing me how important unity is to you-that when You bless one of us in the body of Christ we all should rejoice! Of Father, it has been so time consuming always looking at what others have, always thinking I’m not enough because they are more. Oh God! Oh Father! Oh Jesus. Now, Holy Spirit, sweet guide, gentle teacher, I believe according to Ephesians 5:18 that I can be led by your because I am filled with You. And Lord I can be refilled and refilled and refilled and refreshed and refreshed and refreshed over and over and over again. Holy Spirit! Drench me I praise with Your glory and Your wonder and Your knowledge of the Father that You are willing to show me. Holy Spirit I have evicted tormenters and now, Holy Spirit, I ask whom should I welcome to come abide in me so that according to Luke 25 there will be no empty space left by the tormentors for others to come inhabit. I ask that You send joy, contentment, peace, love, gratitude.