A Prayer for Deliverance from the Devil

devil-1566853_640O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, at your name every knee must bow, in heaven and earth and under the earth. For us and for our salvation you came down from heaven and became fully human. For us you were crucified, you descended into hell, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sit at the right hand of the Father in heaven. God and man, our Savior, our brother and redeemer, you have led captivity, sin, death, devil and hell captive, you have crushed Satan’s head, you have destroyed his work, and all of us who have been baptized in your name you have redeemed from the terror of the devil. Faithful Savior, you have promised with an oath: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. …Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-34). “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do” (John 14:12-13). Based on this, your Holy Word, Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that you would look with mercy on this, your brother who is baptized in your name, redeemed with your precious blood, washed from sin, anointed with your Holy Spirit, your member, who is your flesh and blood, and graciously deliver him through your divine power from the tyranny and terror of the devil, whose afflictions drive us to repentance and serve as a warning for us. Drive Satan from him, when it is your will. For the sake of your most holy name, hear our prayer, so that your name alone may be praised, worshiped and glorified. Amen.

Source: Die pommersche Kirchen-Ordnung und Agenda, p. 244, #1, Translated for A Collection of Prayers.

“every knee shall bow” is a reference to Philippians 2:10.

“For us and for our salvation” quotes the Nicene Creed.

” you have led captivity, sin, death, devil and hell captive,” is a reference to Ephesians 4:8 quoting Psalm 68:18

“crushed Satan’s head” is a reference to Genesis 3:15

“destroyed the devil’s work” is a reference to 1 John 3:8

“redeemed with your precious blood” may be a reference to Revelation 1:5 and quotes the Te Deum laudamus.

Original in German:

O Herr Jesu Christe, du Sohn des lebendigen Gottes, in dessen Namen sich müssen beugen alle Knie im Himmel, auf Erden und unter der Erde, der du um der Menschen willen vom Himmel hernieder kommen und Mensch geworden bist, für uns gekreuziget, zur Hölle gefahren, von den Todten auferstanden, aufgefahren gen Himmel, sitzest zur rechten Hand des Vaters im Himmel, Gott und Mensch, unser Heiland, unser Bruder und Erlöser, der du das Gefängniß, Sünde, Tod, Teufel und Hölle gefangen geführet, dem Satan den Kopf zertreten, seine Werke zerstöret, uns und Alle, die auf deinen heiligen Namen getauft sind, von der Gewalt des Teufels zu erlösen; du hast versprochen und zugesaget, du treuer Heiland, mit deinem Göttlichen brüderlichen Eide: Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch, was ihr den Vater bittet in meinem Namen, das wird er euch geben, bittet, so werdet ihr nehmen, daß eure Freude voll kommen sei, Joh. am 16. und Joh. am 14: Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch, wer an mich glaubet, der wird die Werke auch thun, die ich thue, und wird größere thun, als diese, denn ich gehe zum Vater, und was ihr bitten werdet in meinem Namen, das will ich thun. Auf dieß dein heiliges Göttliches Wort bitten wir dich, Herr Jesu Christe, du wollest diesen deinen Bruder, der auf deinen heiligen Namen getauft, durch dein theuerbares Blut erlöset, von Sünden gewaschen, mit deinem heiligen Geist gesalbet, dein Gliedmaß, Fleisch und Blut ist, mit den Augen deiner Barmherzigkeit ansehen, durch deinen Göttlichen Finger ihn von der Tyrannei und Gewalt des Teufels, die uns zur Buße und Warnung über ihn verhänget ist, gnädiglich erlösen, dem unreinen Satan, daß er ausfahre, wenn es dein Wille ist, gebieten, um deines allerheiligsten Namens willen unser Gebet erhören, auf daß dein Name allein gelobet, geehret und gepreiset werde, Amen.

Translation note:

“The display of your mighty power…” is more of an interpolation than a translation. The sentence is very long. As I understand it the section beginning with “deinen Göttlichen Finger” is woodenly translated “through your divine finger, him (the oppressed) from the tyranny and terror of the devil, which (tyranny and terror of the devil) drive us to repentance and hang as a warning about them (tyranny and terror), graciously deliver from the impure Satan, that he may flee, when it is your will…”

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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