The very nature of prayer or praying to God is so personal that it can sometimes obscure our understanding of deliverance. The notion that you can somehow as a Christian pray that evil spirits desist from their wicked works, almost certainly invokes the sentiments attached to being in a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.
For that and other reasons, many have viewed deliverance as a definite non-starter. Christians who do not believe in deliverance from spiritual forces of evil; believe it should be firmly confined to the dark ages of history; are no different to those who say the belief in God post enlightenment; is born out of the same era of ignorance and superstitious beliefs.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The weapons of our warfare are prayers strategically targeted to undo and demolish demonic and satanic strongholds. They also serve in enabling the those bound by ungodly powers to be released in the authoritative name of God’s Kingdom. Consequently, deliverance prayers are spiritually offensive by nature with efficacy to release victims of spiritual bondage and oppression in the authority of Jesus Christ, The LORD. This means that if you are serious about releasing yourself from bondage and oppression; you have got to be manifestly stronger and more equipped than the hostile spiritual forces holding you in bondage and oppression against your will.
To this end, deliverance prayers employ spiritual warfare in order to forcefully and aggressively overcome. Spiritual warfare is the only context in which believers are permitted to exercise (spiritual) force against hostile spiritual forces; and as such you don't negotiate with them; rather you engage them, in the authority of Christ Jesus with the sole aim of subjugating their wicked works.
The language of warfare is never one of peace but of war in the strict context and understanding of ‘the enemy’ being spiritual and not the flesh. Below therefore, is a typical scenario faced by many people coming against the many wiles of hostile spiritual forces.
Some will petition and tell God how terrible things are and complain why He is not doing anything against the works of hostile spiritual forces in their lives. They turn to their church leaders or pastor requesting prayers and may get the response if it’s God’s will they will be delivered from the oppressive works of hostile spiritual forces. This way indirectly trains the victim of hostile spiritual forces to manage spiritual attack and perpetuate a defeatist mentality in their thought life.
While some bewildered by the fact that nothing seems to be happening; still maintain their faith in God; and others give up or turn to alternative spiritual solution (clairvoyant, mediums, witchdoctors, occultist etc) for help offered by the kingdom of darkness. Shockingly and perhaps no great surprise many Christians are and have turned to alternative spiritual solution found in new age and occultism.
The problem highlighted above demonstrates that something is missing in our understanding and interpretation of the Scripture. Is it right that believers should complain to God; when Jesus has given them authority over the entire works of the kingdom of darkness; which includes hostile spiritual forces? When believers elect not to utilise the authority given them purposely to glorify God; what message does it convey to hostile spiritual forces? It informs them that we really do not appreciate what Jesus has done for us; because if we did, then our response to His victory on the Cross will be markedly different to the apathy and timidity exhibited towards them.
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Jesus came to set the captives free, and in inflicting defeat on the kingdom of darkness; He gave His disciples, this current generation of disciples and future would be disciples authority and power over all the works of the kingdom of darkness. This He did to ensure to ensure for all time we will continue in the legacy of His eternal triumph over the entire works of the kingdom of darkness.
Living in bondage is a choice, but rather choose to live in freedom; and freedom does not come cheaply; it comes at a price. Jesus paid the price for you to be free and all you need to do is rise up and fight to overcome for that is the essence of deliverance prayers.