Scripture: Ezra 4:1-24

The enemy will do anything to stop God’s children from advancing to the next level.  His goal is to keep us in perpetual bondage and frustrate all our efforts.  Prior to the scripture read, the people of God were allowed to return to their homeland after being in exile for about 70 years.  They now assemble as one in Jerusalem and started to rebuild the temple.  Ezra 4:1-2 says, when the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel  and to the heads of the families and said, “Let us help you build because, like you we seek your God.


It was obvious, the enemy knew that the people were in agreement and the only way he could hinder them was to mingle with them and cause divisions among them. But the leaders of God’s people were sensitive to God’s Spirit.  They knew the intent of their enemies and refused to give in to their offer.  Then the people around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They hired counselors to work against the people of God and frustrate their plans.  Their enemies went further to conspire together and wrote King Artaxerxes of Persia to stop the rebuilding.  King Artaxerxes (represents anyone that has the power to hinder your progress) believed the lie of the enemy and ordered that the rebuilding be stopped.  Ezra 4:24 says “thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a stand still until the second year of the reign of Dairus King of Persia.

The enemy succeeded in hindering God’s people temporarily from rebuilding the temple through evil conspiracy.  The devil seeks to do the same thing to you and the only way to stop him is to pray confrontationally. He cannot stand the power that is in the name of Jesus.  Pray the following prayer with all your heart and every opposition against you must crumble, and your victory is assured in Jesus’ name.


Instruction - Worship and thank God for all His promises to you and your household




  •  I cover myself and my household with the blood of Jesus.

  • Lord, place a hedge of fire around me and mine in Jesus’ name.

  • Let every evil counselor hired to frustrate and work against my destiny be disgraced in Jesus’ name (Ezra 4:5).

  • Every King Artaxerxes (represents anyone that has the power to hinder your progress) in my life be overthrown in the name of Jesus.

  • Every evil conspiracy against my progress, be shattered in Jesus’ name.

  • Every false accusation against me, be dismissed by the truth in word of God in Jesus’ name (Ezra 4:6).

  • Every evil gathering aimed at discouraging me from moving forward, because the Lord is not in your midst, I command you to fall for my sake in Jesus’ name.

  • I receive the discerning spirit to recognize the tactics of the enemy against me in Jesus’ name.

  • Since God has not given me the spirit of fear, I therefore reject the spirit of fear in Jesus name.

  • I refuse to be intimidated by the enemy in Jesus’ name.

  • Let the fear of God overwhelm the camp of my enemies in Jesus’ name

  • Every determined enemy bent on stopping my progress be disgraced in Jesus’ name.



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