Our parents did the best they knew how. But still, sometimes 50 years later, we may still be dealing with strongholds and unresolved issues left by our childhood.
Over the last two days, one of my childhood strongholds has risen its ugly head. I have overcome certain aspects of this stronghold, but yesterday, the Holy Spirit revealed a different aspect. Once recognized, I took authority over the lie it and began to meditate on truth to overcome the lie.
I don’t want to take childhood baggage into this new decade. So my preemptive prayer this morning is a little dangerous. It will require self-reflection and a desire to release attitudes we may have accepted as simply our personality. This prayer may make you uncomfortable before it makes you better. Are you ready?
Preemptive Strike – Becoming Free!
“Father, your word declares, “Who the son sets Free is free indeed.” I know I have been set free from sin, guilt, condemnation, shame. I know in the spirit realm, I’m free because the cross was complete. But I also know, when I partner with a lie, I relinquish my freedom in that area.
So Father, I want to be free indeed in this new decade.
Holy Spirit reveal any area in my life where I have partnered with a lie. I trust the gentleness of the Holy Spirit. I know You will reveal these things little by little. Holy Spirit, lead me into truth. Open my eyes. Give me a discerning spirit to discern when you are leading me into correction or when the enemy is trying to condemn me. Then Father, teach me to partner with truth in these areas.
Father reveal strongholds in my life created by my childhood, past relationships, or past hurts. Reveal areas in my life where I am self-protecting, looking for people to fulfill only what you can do, or seeking man’s approval. Then Father, heal my heart in these areas. You died not only to heal my physical wounds but my emotional wounds as well. Therefore, I declare, by your stripes, I am healed emotionally. Remove my Father filters, my religion filters, my hurt filters and allow me to see you clearly and unobstructed.
Lord, teach me to walk in freedom in 2020 – the freedom Christ died to provide for me.
Lord, I know this process will not be easy. Give me the fortitude and the wisdom to walk through this process. I lay down my pride and I submit to your surgical hands.
I will walk in greater levels of freedom in 2020. I will divorce lies and marry Truth. Strongholds are coming down in 2020. Amen.”
“Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.”
Exodus 23:30 NIV