Defensive Prayer

It is wise to pray defensively. Here is Billy Graham’s list:


1. Prayer against wrong involvement with women


It is Gods will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorableFor God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4, 7)


2. Prayer against love of money


Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentmentBut those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.” (1 Timothy 6:6, 9, 10)


3. Prayer against pride


All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, becauseGod opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble‘… For this is what the high and lofty One says… ‘I livewith him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.‘” (1 Peter 5:5b, Isaiah 57:15)


4. Prayer against a critical spirit and tongue


Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listenGet rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” (Ephesians 4:29, 31)


5. Prayer against possession centeredness


He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income… ” (Ecclesiastes 5:10a)


6. Prayer against wrong doctrine


We will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:14b)


7. Prayer against spiritual coldness


But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)



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