Repent Rebuke Bind Break & Bless
When in an intercessory ministry, these five steps (done in order) is crucial to success. When done in the above order we create as Christians an impenetrable onslaught against our enemy and sometimes oppressor. Please remember though that not all intercession should be done on your own, there are often times when it is strongly advantageous to intercede as a group and not alone. I am sure I will write another article detailing why this is so. For now, let’s talk about the five steps and why they are so successful
1. Repent / Forgive
Before approaching our God and asking Him to do a work for us, it is important for us to repent and forgive others that may have wronged us. Often our own sin and unforgiveness can stand in the way of our relationship with our God and his ability to move in our lives and even answer our prayers at all. God can not be in the presence of sin and his spirit is bound to move in our lives if there is unforgiveness in any way. Thank Him for the fact that we have the ability to ask forgiveness and find forgiveness from any and all sin in our lives and in that joy you will find the strength peace and love to forgive others to the same level we have been forgiven ourselves (completely). Once Jesus washes us clean from our sin and we have not bound ourselves with unforgiveness, God can then move ever closer in relationship with us, guide our prayer life and direct us in intercession and quite frankly even change our lives as we know it. His spirit can draw close to us without us being consumed or deeply shaken by our sin because our sin is what makes us tremble, shake and even feel unworthy of our prayers being answered. It may be worthwhile to pause for a second and think about the full ramifications of that statement.
Repenting and forgiveness is truly important for any prayer journey and is not meant to be binding and difficult but freeing and easy. Many paint or perceive repentance in the wrong light or forgiveness as a form of bondage but in truth, it is exactly the opposite. I will cover this more deeply in another article. Also, forgiveness does not mean you forget nor does it mean that the way(s) a person has wronged you has all of a sudden become "alright". Forgiveness simply frees yourself from the hurt that has been caused to you and also frees yourself from the spirits that will assail you if you choose to live in continual unforgiveness. The act of unforgiveness is often said to be like choosing to take poison every day of your life order to try to hurt or hold accountable the person or persons that have harmed you. This approach (as you most likely already have experienced) really doesn't work, nor does it produce much fruit, only further pain. Much can be said for true forgiveness but we will also cover that in another article.
When you are praying for yourself in intercession it is also equally important to repent before bringing your needs to the “Throne Room” of God’s presence. It allows God to directly move in your life and directly answer your prayers.
Repentance can be as easy as “Father God, I thank you for being such a great and loving God and sending your Son to die for me. Please forgive me of anything that I might have done that may have offended you or brought sin in my life, please forgive me and cleanse me of all of my sin and unrighteousness. I am not worthy of you Lord but your word states that you love me and in your forgiveness I am made clean, righteous and ready to be at your side, bring me to your side oh Jesus and let me reflect your holiness.”
The more specific you are with your repentance the better though. This way God can work on specific areas in your life and wash you clean. It is important that you accept God’s forgiveness when you repent and don’t accept any like from the enemy that you are not truly forgiven. Once again I will cover this in another article for you.
A specific prayer: “God I am so sorry for ______. I knew it was against your will and I did it any way. Please forgive me and help me to turn away from damaging my self and relationship with you by _______. Father God please wash me clean from my unrighteousness and deliver me from _______ and the spirits of ___________. Thank you Lord for your mercy and peace. Fill me with your presence oh Lord”
Often it does help to simply ask God to bring to your mind some of the things that may be standing in the way of your relationship with Him and wait patiently for him to bring thoughts to you. Remember, true repentance is not oppressive or painful, but freeing.
Feeling bad about a sin in our life is only supposed to bring us to the point of repentance, if you still fee bad inside for a sin even after repenting, then this is a direct attack from the enemy trying to steel your inheritance of forgiveness and authority from you. Don’t listen to it, fight against it and know what once you repent of an issue you are forgiven. Even if you have a hard time forgiving yourself. By not forgiving yourself you simply let your enemy obtain a stronghold in your life that holds you from the fullness you can experience with your creator. It is easier said than done at times, but that is yet again another article that needs to be written.
Let’s just say for now that repentance is an important part of intercession.
Now that you have been redeemed from your sin and you can assume a position at the right hand of your God, you can now take your inherited position and rebuke your enemy. Here is where it all pays off. You have every right to yell at your oppressor. Reclaim the spiritual mental and emotional ground that he took from you. You can verbally “stomp him under your feet” and command him to get behind you and just roll over and die if you would like. Vindication is great when done through intercession because really you are simply taking a position with God as He takes care of the vengeance for you. It is like if a bully stole your lunch as school and your older brother came to beat up the bully later that day, you can safely “abuse” the bully (verbally) while your brother takes vengeance on your behalf because he is bigger and far stronger then the one that oppressed you.
Now that you are seated at the right side of God and have been made clean, you can truly rebuke your enemy and taste the sweetness of spiritual victory in the name of your Lord Jesus. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, pray and speak aloud as the spirit moves you. Just make sure you always stay in the spirit and follow the guidance of Jesus and don’t rebuke or take vengeance on your own. That would be like pushing your big brother away and trying to take on the bully on your own. It is not biblical and it can truly lead to harm. You can easily tell the difference if you stay sensitive to the spirit and how it leads you. Often you can ask Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind the things He would want you to pray and / or how He would like you to pray it. Once you do this you can pray His requests with passion conviction and confidence because you already know God will of course answer prayers you will pray since He has asked you to specifically pray them. Especially if you ask Him how He would like you to pray for them. Sometimes it is appropriate to yell and scream; other times it might take fasting, submission and silence. Be truly sensitive to His way and you will find victory in your prayer life. But don’t’ be afraid to taste the sweetness of rebuking your enemy when God calls you to do so. Rebuking the enemy actively with your lips helps to mobilize God’s army against your enemy and do a mighty work in heaven and earth on your behalf and the behalf of His son, His Glory, the person you are praying for (including yourself) and many other things. Your prayers will be answered. Pray them with passion and conviction with no hesitation. Be confident because God is leading you to pray and how to pray. Be delivered and deliver others through these five steps but remember to surround yourself with other prayer warriors if you do feel the need or calling to do so. We are not lone wolves in this world and we can sometimes get really hurt if we take things on too much on “our own” (even when we are being sheltered by God). There is power in numbers at time.
Rebuking just successfully bruised your enemy; before you remove him from your life you must bind him. Spiritually tie up his hands and feet and bind him. Bind up any attacks he may have or be planning for your life or the life of the person you are praying for. Bind up his army and render it useless. Make your life (or the life you are praying for) like slippery soap in the hands of your enemy and he will not be able to hold on to you or have influence in your life. Say that: “Satan, you have no right or authority in my life (or the life of the person you are praying for). I have repented, I am redeemed and because of this you have absolutely no power over me. I pray against any strongholds you might have in my life or ways you might find rightful entrance into my life and walk. I rebuke you, and bind you up. I declare in Jesus name that you have no power here and command you to get under my feet” sorry, I could not help but add some rebuke in there a little bit. It is so much fun and so powerful to do. Too few people do so.
Just remember you must bind your enemy and his work before you can kick him out of your house. Tie up his hands and feet with God at your side and allow God to take you to the next step.
Now that you have successfully bound your enemy, you can now with God at your side, break the bonds he once held on you. Here is where if you have anointing oil it can also be utilized. A quick example of a breaking prayer would be: “Satan I now speak against the hold you once had on me and break you in my life. I command you and your minions to leave in Jesus name. You have no right to have power over me and I command you to leave in Jesus name” Breaking the bonds of the enemy is the most powerful thing you can do against him so quite often here is where miraculous things occur. People who are deeply bound to ‘darkness’ sometimes shake with fear as the demonic influences rise up in their life in a futile attempt to fight back. Other times you might see the look in their eyes change or if you are praying for yourself you will feel huge physical sensations, shivers, heat, you might even feel self-doubt rise up within you. For these manifest reasons, it is important to intercede sometimes with others and not alone. When praying against spirits of death and suicide for example, you will find huge demonic backlash as an attempt for them to maintain ground. Sometimes (if the enemy was not bound properly) the person being prayed over may even get violent so once again please respect intercession and approach it wisely. The beautiful thing is though, victory is ours, and it is guaranteed. Yes, a demon may yell and scream and try to intimidate and do other useless things, but when we hold our ground and continue to pray against him, we are guaranteed victory. Angels even help us intercede at times. You can upon occasion (when lead) even pray for Michael the archangel to help you as he is one of God’s angels of war. The important thing though is to never pray to an angel. But simply ask for help from an angel. God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit should always be the center of our prayers because it is only through them that the angelic army is truly mobilized. To pray to anything or anyone else would be like taking yourself or the other party you are praying for and putting them before God just like putting yourself before the bully and leaving your protector and the one with the true power behind you, that kind of exposure is always dangerous when dealing with high levels of demonic activity.
When breaking the enemy, speak with authority and conviction. Know that you have been redeemed and because of this you can not fall under attack in any way. Know that your Lord has granted you salvation and will deliver you or the party you are praying for from evil in your life. Also though, respect the leadership of our mighty God because sometimes He may rather you pray for encouragement over a person or time rather than breaking a sickness like cancer (for example). When we are sensitive to his leadership we will know how to break and who and what to break for victory. Sometimes God will come down and “do business” and heal a person or situation right away. Other times God desires someone to heal over time as and builds their faith and relationship with him. While other times sickness can be a result of poor lifestyle or a simple consequence of bad decisions in our fleshly world and deliverance might not be in the deck of cards for a certain situation; and don’t forget other times God may simply want to take a person home to heaven with Him therefore praying for healing would be contrary to God’s perfect will. Don’t get discouraged if God seems to “not answer” some of your prayers. Many prayers you pray in His spirit will be answered in His times while yes; many other prayers will be miraculously answered on the spot. The key is to be sensitive, anointed, forgiven and standing and working in His will ass you bind, rebuke and break Satan’s hold. It is our inheritance as a Christian to be able to (with our Lord) break Satan’s spine like a twig! So enjoy this “prayer power” we can yield as Children of God and yield it well. Educate your self in the bible so that you understand how God has moved all through history, see how he has healed different people in different places in the bible and realize that deliverance ministry has not changed in 5000 years, just our ability to yield our sword of truth and God’s heavenly spirit has changed since old testament times. Break your enemy whenever you can and remember that it is truly God that is doing the work. On our own strength, we can’t even wake ourselves up in the morning.
Oh yes, one last digression: Sometimes this entire prayer (Repent Rebuke Bind Break and Bless) can last minutes, hours and with “fasting and prayer“ even days to complete. Depending on the need your approach will be different. Some prayers need to be immediately yelled, while others we need to pray consistently and seek the lord sometimes for even days or weeks or as long as it takes. As for the breaking part of this prayer, in the case of delivering over a spirit of death, anger, jealousy, suicide, or any other deeply routed spirit, it might take a few minutes or some persistence to gain victory in this realm. Simply continually flip between binding and breaking until Satan’s hold begins to wither. And remember to surround yourself with others that understand intercession if you need to wage war as a group. As you gain experience you will know instinctively what to do in all situations as God leads you in your life of intercession.
Now that the enemy has been broken in your life or the life of the person you have been praying over we now enter into the final stage of intercession, just as sweet as the rebuking section in my mind. It is important to ask for God to bless us, fill us to overflowing in His spirit, and cover us with His peace and grace when we finish a powerful intercessory prayer.
This is because when we pray in intercession and bind and break the hold of Satan in our lives, there is nothing more that Satan would want to do then to reclaim that ground. He will try to fight back in any way He can, by sly ways like discouraging us or more overt ways like attacking us directly. We must be and stay covered in God’s presence and peace, God must fill the area in our lives that Satan once occupied because if He doesn’t that area would remain like a vacuum and be actively calling Satan and him minions back into our lives. Ask God the father to seal you up. Fill you to overflowing. Heal any spiritual puncture wounds that might be left and cover you with his grace. At this point the prayer can become cyclical because in this place where you are worshiping and calling upon God’s spirit, often things come to our mind that we can repent of or we can simply chose to repent of anything that might stand in the way of our glorious walk with God in order to receive His full blessing as this part of our 5 step prayer asks for. If we chose to enter into further repentance, it would then be easy to go from there into Rebuking, Binding, Breaking and Blessing all over again. Each time cycling through this prayer you will feel wilder and wilder (in a good way). God will manifest more and more, you will be healed more and more. You will feel amazing physical sensations as the spiritual world is mobilized around you. You will deepen your walk and relationship with your creator and feel an intimacy that can not been compared to. You will reach a level of communication with God that most Christians simply do not experience or understand, so please feel free to walk this journey and prayer to its fullest and receive all of the anointing God has for you. Often RRBBB will leave you or the person you are praying for in a state of euphoria as Gods awesome presence overflows in your life. And when I am talking about overflowing, I am talking about “holding the power of Niagara falls in a cup about the size of your hand”. Overflowing I tell you. It is AWESOME!
Thank you for reading, and thank you for praying.
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