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Prayer For Breaking Of Curses

No matter where you are in life, there is something that has changed your life for the worst. It could be a cycle of financial disasters, a string of failed relationships or an awful “run of the mill” scenario that has plagued your days since you were young. Whatever the reason may be, there is hope! And this hope can change everything with a prayer for breaking of curses.

Dear God, We come before you in prayer today to ask that you break the curses that have been placed upon our family. We know that this is a difficult request, but we believe that you can do all things and that you will be faithful to answer our prayers. We pray for our family’s financial situation to improve so that we can pay off our debts and provide for ourselves without worry. We pray for our health to be restored, so that we can continue with our lives. We pray for our relationships with others in our community, and we ask that any misunderstandings or conflict between us may be resolved peacefully. We thank you for hearing these prayers and look forward to seeing your faithfulness in all things!

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Prayer For Breaking Of Curses

Lord, we come before you today to pray for the breaking of curses.

We know that there are many who have been cursed and we pray that you would break those curses.

Lord, we also come before you today to ask for your forgiveness for the curses we have laid on others. We know that it was wrong to curse others and we ask that you would forgive us and remove those curses from us and from those who have been affected by them.

In Jesus name, Amen

Dear God,

We come before you today to break the curses that are holding us back from reaching our full potential. We ask for your forgiveness for the times we have cursed ourselves, and for those who have cursed us. We ask for your guidance on how to break these curses. We know that many of them have been placed on us by others, but we also know that some of them may have been placed on us by ourselves.

We pray for strength to break these curses in Jesus’ name. Amen

Dear God,

I come to you as a child who has been cursed. I have been blessed with many talents and gifts, but these curses have brought me suffering. I have been scared, lonely, and sad because of them. I ask that you break the spells that have been placed on me by my parents or others. Forgive me for cursing others in return. I know that it was wrong to place such curses on them; they were innocent in this matter. Help me to forgive them and release myself from these spells.

Help me to understand the meaning of these curses and why they have affected me so strongly throughout my life. Show me how to prevent them from happening again in the future by avoiding certain situations or people who may trigger them. And finally help me to move past these experiences so that they do not continue to affect my present and future relationships with others who are important in my life today!

Dear God, we come before you with our hurts, our sorrows and our pain. We come before you with the desire for healing in all areas of our lives. We pray for the breaking of all curses that have been placed upon us and for the removal of all evil forces that have entered into our lives.

We pray that you would lift up your mighty hand and remove all obstacles from our paths, so that we may walk in victory and be free from all bondage. We ask that you would open up doors of opportunity for us to prosper financially, physically, mentally and spiritually. We thank you in advance for answering these prayers according to your will and according to your timing. Amen.

Dear Father,

I come to you with a heavy heart. I have been under attack from the enemy, and I need your help.

The enemy has put a curse on me, and I am unable to break it. Please forgive me for any wrongs I have committed against others. Amen

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Prayer To Break Curses Bible Verse

Dear Lord,

I come before you today and ask for your help in breaking the curse that has been placed on me by my cousin.

She is a very jealous woman, who has never been able to let go of her resentment towards me for taking away her boyfriend in high school. She has held onto this anger for many years, and now she has hexed me with a curse that has made it impossible for me to find love.

I know that you are the only one who can lift this curse from me, and I pray that you will do so today. In your name, Amen

Dear God,

I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I pray for the power of your Holy Spirit to guide me as I seek your will in my life. I pray that you would bless me with wisdom and discernment as I make decisions regarding my finances, career, and relationships.

I confess that I have not been faithful to you. I have had many curses placed on me by others. I ask that you break these curses and destroy them in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

I ask that you restore what has been stolen from me; give me back what has been taken away from me by others. Restore all my lost property, relationships and finances into my life according to your word so that I can live a life free from oppression and fear.

I believe that as long as there is breath in my body there is hope for me because Jesus lives!

prayers and scriptures to break curses

Generational curses are behaviors we adopt because of the environment we are brought up in. Addictions and abuses can influence our behavior, but ultimately, we all have the choice to shake off those chains and embrace freedom in Christ. “The sins of the fathers are punished in the children through becoming the children’s own sin,” John Piper explains, “the hatred of God is the embodiment of what the father’s problem was.” Consequences for repeated sins are definitely generational. God proclaimed to Moses in the verses above He would not leave the guilty unpunished. Why would He want His children to continue on in deplorable habits that would bring them no true happiness or satisfaction? God so love the world, He sent His only Son to save us. (John 3:16) He is slow to anger, always good, and He provided a way for us to break the curse of sin we are all born under.

Three Keys for Breaking the Chains in Your Life

Certain Bible verses stick with you, get inside your head, and do real work. I’d classify most of them as Meaningful, some as Moving, many as Important, and few others as Words to Live By. On a few very rare occasions, though, the inspired Word of God is memorable because it gives you a metaphorical slap in the face.

Such was the case for me when I first read 2 Peter 2:21, 22: “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: ‘A dog returns to its vomit’ and ‘A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud’” (NIV).

What had I just read? A person would literally be better off never knowing God and the words of truth than to know and then turn his back on it? Did the Bible just use the word “vomit” in a sentence?

Breaking Down the Message

As with many things in my faith, this passage in 2 Peter came to mean more to me over time. In the moment, though, it had never occurred to me that such a state of being was possible. The implications were heavy. To know the Word of God even in part for a time felt preferable to being in the dark. But on the other hand, it makes sense that knowing God and then choosing to ignore him in your life could be more insulting. I was compelled to dig deeper.

The first chapter of this book penned by the apostle Peter is encouraging and offers advice on how to add to your faith with goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7). Definitely the Moving category; who doesn’t like a good list to follow? Check those boxes, Peter says, and you can assure you won’t be ineffective or unproductive in your knowledge of Jesus. This is the work you do to ensure you will never fall away.

But woe to those who break bad among the Christian fold. It’s incredibly tempting to let the world get inside our minds and make us shortsighted, to lust after things that will be fun for a moment and destructive later. Peter speaks of those who start to believe their own lies, and then drag others around them along for the ride down (2 Peter 2:18). Pulling no punches, Peter plainly explains in verse 20, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning” (NIV).

This is a New Testament lesson with an Old Testament vibe. I’ve heard arguments about an inability to fall from the grace of God, and I believe this and other verses are evidence that it is totally possible to do so. God meets us more than halfway. He’s given us all the tools we need to follow him: grace, the Holy Spirit, prayer, and each other for encouragement, just to name a few. But if you then reject these things, you are genuinely broken and in grave danger. All of us sin, no one is perfect, but we must take care not to let those sins multiply to the point where our job becomes justifying them rather than seeking to follow God’s will.

Breaking Up the Negative Pattern

The apostle Peter doesn’t make us wait long for the answer on how to Houdini our way out of the chains that bind us. He provides three distinct keys to consider.

  1. God Is Patient

Peter describes how some will say the Lord we believe in isn’t real and isn’t coming back to earth to take his followers back to Heaven with him. The words were written in the first century; 2,000 years later they are even more potent to consider as challenges to our faith. Have you ever considered the time we have here is meant to be for our benefit? “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, NIV). When we’re not busy falling off the righteous path, it’s our job to grab the hands of those who are, and steady them through encouragement, sharing the truth, and being their friend.

  1. Look Forward

“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13, NIV). Our eternal reward in Heaven is our reason to take the longer perspective. How difficult this is for a younger person is impossible to describe in words! But as we grow in wisdom, it becomes easier to see the impact of hard living on ourselves. Ignoring the cheap thrills for something lasting almost always pays off, both in life and afterward.

  1. Be on Guard

“Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position” (2 Peter 3:17, NIV). Peter again warns that the doubters will not be content being alone, but will try to get others to join them. I am reminded of an old rock song, “Heaven” (2003) from the band Live. It meant so much to me at the time because the chorus says: “I don’t need no one to tell me about Heaven/ I look at my daughter, and I believe.” My own daughter was two years old at the time, and the song really spoke to me.

The second verse begins, “Sit with them all night, everything they say seems right, but in the morning they were wrong.” How true that can be! People can be persuasive, so you need to be on guard for those challenges to your faith, ready to defend your own, and perhaps even persuade them to see things your way.

I had a friend at work once who was known for his wild and crazy antics. He was always far nicer to me than to most people who were not known as God followers, so we spent a lot of time together. One day out of the nowhere he floored me with a confession. “I want to have what you have,” he said. “I want to have a wife and kids and be happy all the time.” He has those things now. Sometimes the slap in the face doesn’t come directly from the Bible, but from the lack of what the alternative offers.

Being a Christian carries real weight. You are in essence judged by a higher standard than those without it, something not to be taken lightly. But never forget you are also infinitely more prepared to resist the things that would drag you back into the mud . . . or vomit. We can replace that unpleasant visual with another, one of Jesus washing away all of that through his sacrifice on the cross for our sins.

Breaking the Chains of Generational Sins

In The Christmas Carolthe ghost of Jacob Marley, the deceased business partner of Scrooge, says this:

I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.

This imagery reminds me of key advice my father shared with me years ago, which continues to ring in my heart. He said, “Son, don’t make it your goal to be like your dad. By God’s grace, I’ve broken many chains in my life, some handed down to me through the generations. As long as God gives me life, I will continue to break chains. But your goal should be to break even more chains and go beyond me, not just be like me. And I trust that your children will do the same, and break more even more chains than you have done.”

Does Scripture teach that there is such a thing as generational chains? Do grandparents and parents pass on particular sin habits and personal weaknesses to their children and grandchildren? The answer seems to be ‘yes.’

In Exodus 20:5, we find that God said, “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”

What does the “visiting the iniquity” statement mean? Perhaps you have mistakenly thought, as some Israelites apparently did, that God punishes children and grandchildren for the sins committed by their parents and grandparents. This is a mistaken conclusion. Passages like Deuteronomy 24:16, 2 Kings 14:6 and Ezekiel 18:20 affirm this.

The Hebrew word translated “visiting” features several layers of meaning. On one hand, it expresses ideas such as ‘to inspect, review or number,’ and can be used for taking a census. How is this relevant?

It appears that God numbers or reviews sin by tracing it through generational lines. For instance, if a genealogy specialist counted how many people in a particular family tree struggle with stealing, when an early father in the lineage was a kleptomaniac, the total number of people in successive generations with a tendency to steal would be likely be high. Why? Because stealing habits were deposited into the family line early on, and many children and grandchildren picked it up. Does this happen? Yes, it does.

In addition to this layer of meaning for the word visiting, you should know that it does communicate ideas such as ‘to inflict or punish.’ But because of passages like Deuteronomy 24:16, 2 Kings 14:6 and Ezekiel 18:20, we know that God does not punish a successive generation for the sins of a previous generation.

This oft-repeated theme speaks of God’s determination to punish successive generations for committing the same sins they learned from their parents … God will indeed punish generation after generation (“to the third and fourth generation”) if they keep doing the same sorts of sins that prior generations did. If the children continue to do the sins their parents did, they will receive the same punishments as their parents.

What bad habits, personal struggles or sinful tendencies have lingered in your family line for generations? Alcoholism, depression, verbal or physical abuse, immorality, racism, bitterness, dishonesty or fear? While any person may commit any sin, it seems apparent that children wrestle with the same sins as their parents did in an especially noticeable way.

So whether you have inherited certain propensities genetically or from exposure to regular family behavior, the Lord is able to overcome these battles and strongholds in your life as you determine to depend upon Him.

  • My father calls this “breaking chains.”
  • Ezekiel calls this “turning from all your sins” (Exod 18:21).
  • Joel calls this “restoring the years the locust have eaten” (Joel 2:25).
  • Paul calls this “pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor 10:4) and “casting down imaginations” (2 Cor 10:5).

Whatever you call it, generational chains exist. And generational chains can be broken. Identify the wrong thoughts that encourage your wrong behavior, and stop making generational excuses for it. Replace those wrong thoughts with biblical thoughts, and press forward in total dependence upon Jesus Christ. He will enable you to break the chains of your fathers and reflect the character of your heavenly Father instead.

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. (Phil 3:14-15)

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb 12:1-2)

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pet 1:4)

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