Prayer for When You’re Verbally Attacked
Do you ever just feel attacked? Sometimes it can seem relentless! I think it’s high time that we just get fed up with being attacked and start doing something about it! Recently I wrote a post for scriptures to help when you feel attacked or persecuted. These scriptures are helpful and comforting to let us know that we’re not alone, that God is our avenger, and that we will be blessed and graced when enduring persecution. Today I’d like to go on the offensive a little more. I’d like to give you a prayer that you can pray when you feel like you’re being verbally attacked by people.
I do believe there is a time and a place to endure attacks, but I also firmly believe that God never intended for us to be doormats to be walked on by people. When we’re being verbally attacked, there ARE times when it’s okay to fight back…just not always in the way your natural instincts might want to! 😉 It’s okay to go to war. We don’t have to hide until Jesus comes. We don’t have to be wimpy, spineless, victimized Christians! We don’t always need to head for cover when we’re verbally attacked by people.
We need to be fighters!
We need to be warriors!
We need to be strong and put on the full armor of God to stand up to the devil and his schemes and strategies!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
During a bible study in college, it was brought to my attention that we have nothing on our back with this armor. In warfare we are meant to stand, face it, and fight–NOT turn our backs and run away.
Some attacks have to be faced head-on.
When we are verbally attacked, we should recognize (like in Ephesians 6:12) that there are sometimes more to these attacks than we might realize. It’s not always the individual. Sometimes there are spiritual forces behind the people instigating the attack. It’s spiritual warfare. That’s how we should fight back too…in the spiritual realm. We need to go straight to the source. We can do this with prayer and by using our God-given authority.
A while back I, myself, got fed up with being verbally attacked, and I wrote out a prayer to start to fight back against these attacks. It helped me tremendously, even to the point that God had to remind me that He answered my prayer! A few days after praying this I was complaining about how this particular person was being so rude by not acknowledging or speaking to me at all…and then all of a sudden a thought popped in my head, “You asked me to bind her mouth shut. Why are you complaining about it now?” If my kids had heard this they would say, “OH! BURN, Mom!!” Yes indeed…God had “burned” me! 🙂 I got exactly what I asked for in my prayer. I hope that you will too, and hopefully you recognize it better than me!
Take a Practical Step to Fight Back When You’re Verbally Attacked:
Pray this prayer when you’re verbally attacked (I’ve listed the scriptures upon which this prayer is based below)…
Lord, I’m tired of being verbally attacked! I bind Satan right now in the name of Jesus! Scripture says that whatever I bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever I loose on earth is loosed in heaven. I pray for the angels to be loosed to come to my aid in this situation. I pray that your angels would wage war against my enemy on my behalf and that they would bring peace and calm to me. I pray that you will bind the mouths shut of any verbal attacks. Shut the mouths of the “lions” just as you did for Daniel. The devil is behind these attacks against me, and he is a lion seeking to devour me. He has no authority here though because according to the Bible, I have authority over ALL of the power of the enemy. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against me in judgement shall be condemned! I also pray, Lord, that you would help me to watch what I say, and let no ungodly communication come out of my mouth. I pray that you would put a guard over my mouth and watch the door over my lips. When I do speak, I pray that you would speak through me and give me to right words at the right time and such wisdom that none of my enemies would be able to reply or contradict. I ask these things in Jesus’ name.
Scriptures this prayer was based upon:
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18 (NIV)
“For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.” Psalm 34:7 (NLT)
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11 (NIV)
“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14 (NIV)
“And I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be speechless and unable to rebuke them…” Ezekiel 3:26 (NLT)
“My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” Daniel 6:22 (NLT)
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” Luke 10:19 (NLT)
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
“Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
“For it is not you who will be speaking–it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:20 (NLT)
“…don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.” Matthew 10:19 (NLT)
“For I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!” Luke 21:5 (NLT)
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