40 Day Prayer Strategy
To Tear Down Strongholds

Jesus demonstrated the key to victory: a 40 day prayer strategy based on scripture. The key is for each person to pray for healing, deliverance and revival in himself for 40 days. We could have instant world wide revival if every person confessed what sins they had sown, instead of focusing on the person through whom they are reaping!! Please pass this on!

Here is an example of a scripture prayer strategy similar to what Jesus demonstrated in Matthew 4. It is not short; it is 40 days worth of praying! Please note that it is appropriate, not selfish, to pray down ungodly mindsets and strongholds in yourself first.

  1. He drew a circle around himself and submitted his own heart to God first.

  2. He addressed the enemy directly rather than being tricked into fighting people.

  3. He used scripture rather than "reason" to fight the enemy.

  4. He dealt with the temptations and the mindsets that the enemy offered Him first.

  5. He fasted and prayed scripture for 40 days (and his results were perfect.)

  6. He prayed scripture that related to very specific strongholds.

  7. He prayed using His delegated authority along with fasting, and trusted God with the results.

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Don't be conformed to the ineffective patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.


40 Day Prayer Strategy


Jesus demonstrated the 40 day Prayer Strategy to tear down strongholds, when he was driven into the wilderness to be tempted. He responded to every mind set that the enemy offered him with, "It is written .... ." Even though He was sinless, He still had to choose to agree with God's truth about him for 40 days in order to defeat all fragments of the devil's mind sets!


We need to "defrag" our minds (like computers)
from every fragment of old and current mental strongholds. Programming in Truth will replace every "program" of agreements with the lies that have been spoken over us. When our obedience is complete, we will be able to take revenge on the devil according to 2 Cor. 10:4-6 . Do you 10-4?

When we are empty of strongholds, then we are finally able to be truly filled with God's Holy Spirit and to be healed people - healing people.

A STRONGHOLD IS a mind set impregnated with hopelessness, which causes us to accept as unchangeable, situations and beliefs that we know are contrary to God's truth about us and all that concerns us.

JOIN US IN TEARING DOWN STRONGHOLDS COMMON TO US ALL. Print out this strategy against general mental strongholds and/or order our complete Tearing Down Personal Strongholds course and manual on CD at Resources

If you would like prayer ministry by phone or for 3 days here at Cross Walk Life, please contact us or see Prayer Ministry.

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PRAYER of commitment to pray for 40 days:
Father God, I renounce the deceptions, lies and guilt that have tormented me. In your name, Lord, I strip away every stronghold or mindset in my soul that blocks God's truth. I choose to believe your Word and to submit to truth, in balance, and with my whole heart. I break agreement with all my ancestor's sins. I release all my hurts to your healing and justice. We will covenant together to take the Word of God, resist lies and embrace truth, like Jesus did, for 40 days. We will swing the Sword of the Spirit until we have victory in our own lives and the beam is out of our own eye!

WE WILL UNITE OUR PRAYERS to agree with God's truth rather than our negative mindsets. We will persevere for our hope is in God's Word to us, which will not fail. In the name of Jesus, we loose ourselves from contending with the Word and bind ourselves to God's will, way and timing.

Rom 12:2

2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Cor 10:4-5

4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Eph 6:11-12

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Phil 1:9-11

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.

WE UNITE OUR PRAYERS to loose ourselves from every form of selfish independence and every strategy of the enemy to separate us from others, from God and even from ourselves. We bind ourselves to the unity of the Spirit of God in our homes, churches and in our city. It is written in the Word of God:

Matt 18:18-20

18 I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

Ps 133:1

1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

Prov 3:5-7

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Prov 3: 13-18

13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

Prov 6:16-19

16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:

17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,

19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Prov 31:11-12,26-31

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

29 Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Eph 5:21-27

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Gen 2:18

18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

Isaiah 32:17

17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

WE UNITE OUR PRAYERS, to loose ourselves from the effects of the guilt shame, hurt, trauma and hopelessness that devils have brought into our lives. In the Name of Jesus Christ, as the bride of Christ, we bind ourselves to Christ our healer, who redeems every experience, removes the pain and makes our weak places strong for His glory.

Isaiah 54:4-5, 14

4 Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

5 For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.

14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.

Isaiah 61:1-4

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

Isaiah 61:7

7 Instead of your shame, you will have a double portion and instead humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion . Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting joy will be theirs.

Joel 2:25-32

25 I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm -- my great army that I sent among you.

26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

28 And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those that love God, to those who are called according to HIS purposes.

SATAN, WE UNITE OUR PRAYERS to loose ourselves from hopelessness and helplessness and to bind ourselves to God's plans, purposes and VISION for our lives with new faith and commitment.

Jer 32:27

27 "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"

1 Cor 1:21-22

21 Now He who established us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 Who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.

Jer 33:3

2 This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it--the LORD is his name:

3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Hab 2:1-2

1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

2 Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

Rom 5:5

5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

WE UNITE OUR PRAYERS to bind ourselves to the love of God, His humility and to be expressions of His heart. We loose ourselves from fleshly concerns, fears and carnal jealousy and envy that divides.

Mark 12:30-31

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'

31 The second is this: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

Matt 5:8-11

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Matt 5:25-26

25 Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.

Matt 7:3

3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Mark 10:42-45

42 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.

43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

John 8:15

15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.

Rom 8:1-2

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:15-17

15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

LORD, WE BIND OURSELVES to Godly motives, to speaking in love, with patience and kindness in every sentence... To speak with humility, without rudeness, self-centeredness or anger... We loose our wrong reactions to offenses. We repent of and loose any right to keep a record of wrongs... We loose ourselves from rejoicing in the other's weaknesses and bind ourselves to rejoicing with them and in the truth. Our words will protect and express our trust in others and show that we believe in them.

Rom 12:9-12

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Rom 15:1

1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

Rom 15:5-7

5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,

6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

1 Cor 9:26-27

26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.

27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

1 Cor 10:13

13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Gal 5:22-24

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Eph 4:14-15

14 Then 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.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

 

Phil 2:1-8

1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,

2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!

IN JESUS' NAME, we loose ourselves from strongholds of unforgiveness, distrust, fear and anger rooted in the victim spirit, painful memories, fear of closeness, and our "rights." We bind ourselves to mercy and grace, trust, and forgiving as Jesus did, paying the price.

It is written:

Eph 4:30-32

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you

Eph 4:26-27

26 In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Phil 2:12-13

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Col 3:14-15

14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

1 Pet 2:20-25

20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.

22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

IN JESUS' NAME, we loose ourselves from the strongholds of control, manipulation and self-indulgence rooted in fears of hurt, interdependence, bonding and in not giving others value. We bind ourselves to Your servant heart out of faith, love and peace.

It is written:

Heb 11:6

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Heb 12:14-15

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

James 1:8

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

James 1:12

12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 3:17-18

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

James 5:16

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

IN JESUS' NAME, we loose ourselves from the strongholds of protection behind false securities, confusing the issues and every facade we use to protect our flesh. We bind ourselves to the love of Jesus, integrity, truth, His joyful strength and genuine motives.

It is written:

Heb 4:12-13

12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight Every creature is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

1 Pet 3:7

7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

l Jn 1:6-10

6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Phil 4:5-8

5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

I John 4:18-19

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us.