God, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (1)—according to Your Word—I am asking You to deliver me from this spirit of heaviness. (2)
Thank You, Lord, that all things work together for good in my life, because I love You and I am called according to Your purpose. (3)
In Jesus’ name, I bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (4)
I put on as a helmet the hope of salvation. (5)
Now, may the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing, that I may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (6)
Holy Spirit, guide me into all truth (7) and deliver me from all the lies ( of the evil one. (9)
I will not be conformed to this world, but I will be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (10)
Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
1) Joel 2:32
2) Isaiah 61:3
3) Romans 8:28
4) 2 Corinthians 10:5
5) 1 Thessalonians 5:8
6) Romans 15:13
7) John 16:13
8) John 8:44
9) Matthew 6:13
10) Romans 12:2
IN THE 1950s, I had a problem of recurrent fits of depression that would come over me like a dark, heavy cloud. The more I prayed and fasted, the worse it got. One day I had come to the end of my solutions when a phrase in Isaiah 61:3 captured my attention: “a spirit of heaviness.” I suddenly realized I was dealing with a spirit—not with mental or psychological conditions in myself.
Recognizing the identity of my enemy was a tremendous step forward. I found another verse that I believed would bring the solution to my problem: Joel 2:32. I put this and Isaiah 61:3 together and prayed a very specific, scriptural prayer.
After I prayed, I was delivered. The pressure was lifted. But it’s one thing to be delivered; it’s another thing altogether to stay delivered.
God began to show me that He had set my mind free from this demonic pressure, and it was now up to me to reeducate my mind.
I had to train my mind to hope (keep a confident expectation of good). It didn’t come in five minutes, though; it took more than five years. But it’s been worth every bit of training that I’ve put into it.
Take the helmet of salvation—the helmet of hope. Put it on. Cover your mind. Protect your thoughts; bring them under control and in line with the Word of God. And experience the glorious results!