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How to Defeat the Enemy in Prayer

Are you here because the enemy has been attacking you in life? Do you want to know how to defeat him, make him disappear, and cause him to suffer more than the suffering he has caused you? You are definitely in the right place! God brought you here because He wants to set you free and be powerful in your walk as a child of God. 

God wants you to know that you don’t have to defeat the enemy. Why? Because 2,000 years ago, blood was shed on the cross, and after three days, He rose back to life, taking the keys of death and hell with him (see Revelation 1:18). His name is Jesus Christ, and all authority has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18). He has defeated the powers of darkness, and Satan no longer has the right to rule over you as you put your faith in Jesus’ name. He said, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and overall the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19). So, whenever the enemy attacks you, remind him of his defeat by declaring the victory of Christ Jesus in your life, by commanding him to leave you and your family alone, in the name of Jesus. 

The enemy is a liar. He can only whisper lies, but cannot truly touch you unless you permit him. His goal is to make you believe that he is powerful, that you can’t defeat him, that he is greater than God, and that there’s no hope or future for you. When you believe in this lie, bad things start to manifest, not because of the devil, but because you allow it in your life. Now that you know the truth—that he isn’t powerful, that he never won against Christ, and that authority has been given to you to trample upon his head—pray over the victory of Christ Jesus instead. Exalt God, magnify His greatness, and exercise your authority in Christ Jesus by commanding Satan and his works to leave your life, in the name of Jesus. For instance, if the enemy is attacking your family, you can pray in this manner:

Heavenly Father, I praise You and magnify Your name upon my household. I raise the flag of victory through Christ Jesus over my family’s situation. The enemy has no place in our lives because You are the God we serve! Thank You for the peace and victory, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

You can also pray in this way:

In Jesus’ name, I rebuke the works of the enemy upon my family! Satan, you have been defeated by the blood of Jesus Christ! You have no power over me or my family! I command you to leave right now and never return, in the mighty name of Jesus!

Moreover, when the enemy attacks you, you can start declaring the Word of God. Remember that words have power and the enemy is not all-knowing like God. He has to hear your thoughts, so declare God’s Word:

I am confident that You, God, will finish the good things that You have started in my life until Jesus Christ returns! You will never leave me nor forsake me in this journey! You are always with me, and I am blessed to have You, in Jesus’ name!

(Scriptures: Philippians 1:6, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20).

As you exercise your authority in Christ every day and walk according to the truths of the Gospel, you can expect the enemy to back away. God’s Word never fails, because He is always faithful to His Words. You can also check out these articles, How to Pray with Authority,” “A Daily Warfare Prayer,” and How to Pray Silently,” which may help you learn more about praying with and exercising your authority in Christ Jesus.

How do you silence your enemies?

The only way to silence spiritual enemies is to speak the Word of God. The enemy lies with vain and twisted words, but he is overcome when you speak God’s truths. When Jesus Christ was tempted in the wilderness, the devil came to tempt him three times. While the enemy attacked Jesus’ identity as a Son of God and used God’s Word in a twisted way, Jesus calmly defeated every temptation of the enemy by declaring the Scriptures and counter-attacking the lies of Satan. Satan did not win against Jesus. He left because Jesus knew the Scriptures, He knew His authority and identity as a Son of God, and He knew that he held no other idols in His heart; thus, Satan couldn’t access Jesus. 

Just like Jesus, if you are knowledgeable of the Scriptures, not just in terms of memorization, but true understanding, and if you have no idols or any doorway that can give access to the enemy, you can effectively silence him. The enemy is bound to attack believers, even those dedicated and walking uprightly. He will do his best to take every opportunity to kill, steal and destroy (see John 10:10). That is why you must be consistent, persistent, and disciplined in your walk with God. If you want to walk powerfully and effectively against the enemy, keep your relationship with God strong, and spend more time studying and meditating His Word. If you want to know more about how to pray consistently and persistently, you may want to check out these articles: How To be Consistent in Prayer and How to be Persistent in Prayer. You may also want to check out the How to Make Prayer a Lifestyle article to learn how to execute a powerful lifestyle through daily communion and prayer with God.

How do you pray for protection from evil?

Protection is a promise from God. We pray for God’s protection daily, not because He won’t protect us if we don’t pray or that He needs to be reminded of his promise, but because we want to let the enemy know that our trust and dependency is on the Father. Praying to God to protect us from evil shows that we depend on Him and trust Him as we run to Him. There are many Scripture promises of God’s protection that you can pray and declare. For instance, Psalms 91 is a great chapter that reveals God’s mighty protection upon those who trust in Him. Here is a prayer from Psalm 91:1-4:


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.


Heavenly Father, thank You for making me abide under Your mighty shadow. You are my refuge and my fortress in whom I trust. Thank You for delivering me against the works of the enemy. You cover me with Your feathers, and I feel safe under Your wings. Thank You for the truths of Your Word that is my shield and strength, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you want to learn more about God’s divine protection, you should check out this article, “A Prayer for Divine Protection.” 

Know that you have already secured the victory of Christ Jesus and authority against the enemy. You don’t have to defeat him because Christ has already defeated him. Remind him of his defeat by declaring Christ’s victory, the faithfulness of God, and all His promises in Christ Jesus. God bless you and empower you in your walk of faith!