Before we discuss the warfare itself—prayer—we must understand the strategy of the warfare.
Where is the battle taking place? In the mind (2 Cor. 10:5). What are our weapons of warfare? The "armor of God" (Eph. 6:13-17).
Many good teachings and books are available on this subject and we will not attempt to redevelop these truths.
The process of spiritual warfare on behalf of the dropout believer is simple: we expose darkness to light. (Eph. 5:13). We expose darkness—the spiritual stronghold—to the light of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, by declaring the Word of God! How do we do this? By using the Scripture as our weapon—the sword of the Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16).
This warfare process involves:
2. Ask for discernment by the Holy Spirit to reveal the stronghold(s) driving the behaviors.
3. Bind the strongman (Matt. 18:18).
4. Loose the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now you can begin the prayer process on behalf of the two or three people in your sphere of influence who are dropout believers whom the Lord has shown you to engage with. For more depth on this topic, read Hunters of the Harvest, chapter 12 and App. C.
Louis Posthauer is the executive director of Hunters of the Harvest Ministry. He has been actively involved in the local church for more than 37 years and currently serves as a lay leader and teacher at Living Word Church of the Nazarene in Houston. For more information, visit huntersoftheharvest.org.
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