When it comes to speaking and praying for protection in our everyday lives, we have several tools in our faith arsenal. For example, we can pray Psalm 91 in faith. We can put on the whole armor of God and having done all to stand, stand therefore (Ephesians 6). We can bind the work of the devil and loose what God wants done in the earth (Matthew 16:19). And we can plead the blood of Jesus.
Are you familiar with this phrase? When we plead the blood of Jesus, we are invoking the power that’s in the blood. We’re releasing our faith in the blood. We’re using the authority and power God gave us. We’re walking in His divine protection. It can sound strange to our ears to use such a phrase, but when we understand where it comes from and the power it holds, we’ll want to use it every day—especially when we fully realize that God wants us to Have Faith In the Blood.
Where It All Started
Having faith in the blood is something that began in the Old Testament. When Moses confronted Pharaoh about letting the children of Israel leave Egypt—where they had been enslaved for 400 years—Moses spoke as God had directed him, saying, “Let my people go!” But Pharaoh would not agree. He had no desire to let the children of Israel leave. After all, they were the nation’s entire labor force—all 3 million of them!
If you’re familiar with this portion of Scripture and the story of Exodus, then you know that next came the 10 plagues, with the final one being the death of the firstborn male from every household, including livestock. This plague involved an angel passing by every home, and as the angel did, the firstborn male died. To protect the children of Israel from the plague and the angel of death, God instructed every Hebrew household to kill an unblemished, 1-year-old male lamb, put some of its blood on the doorposts and lintel of their houses, and remain inside until the next morning (Exodus 12:7, 22). They were to roast the lamb and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. And they were to do it all in a hurry (even standing up), each person dressed and ready to go—believing to be released from their bondage that night.
The Lord promised them, “The blood shall be for a token or sign to you upon [the doorposts of] the houses where you are, [that] when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13, AMPC).
When we speak or pray the phrase, “I plead the blood of Jesus over ______________,” whether for a person, place, circumstance or area of our lives, such as our finances or health, we are spiritually applying the blood over someone or something the way the children of Israel literally did over their doorposts. We’re releasing our faith in the blood—Jesus’ blood—and standing for all that His blood provides for us…which is everything provided for us in THE BLESSING, such as healing, financial breakthrough and abundant life.
What It Means
When we plead the blood, we are releasing our faith in the blood. We’re speaking and declaring what is made possible by the sacrificial blood of Jesus shed for us. Revelation 12:11 tells us that we overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony or confession. So, when the devil comes to attack us in any area of our lives, our response should include pleading the blood of Jesus. When he tries to tempt us, we should plead the blood. When he tries to bring fear or torment, we should plead the blood.
Just like a lawyer might plead a case in court, we should plead the blood. Any right the devil might have to steal, kill or destroy (John 10:10) in our lives, the blood of Jesus has the power to stop it. So, we release the power of the blood by faith, with our words, because we have faith in the blood.
Pleading the Blood
Hebrews 11 tells us “Now faith is.” Faith is always now.
Faith is now, and it’s something we use all the time. It’s something we want to release all the time. And when we do, what we’re releasing is faith in the blood, in the finished work of the cross, in the covenant that Jesus fulfilled so that we might walk in THE BLESSING. We release this faith when we speak, when we declare, when we pray and when we plead the blood.
Kenneth Copeland does this throughout his day—every day. When he gets in an airplane, whether he’s a passenger in the cabin or sitting in the cockpit, before an engine is started, he prays in faith:
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I plead the blood of Jesus over this airplane for protection against every evil spirit; every evil, wicked plan of the devil; every wicked person, in the Name of Jesus. Now, I have the mind of Christ, and today I receive the flying mind of Christ, and all the things that You’ve taught me, and all the things that my instructors have taught me over these many, many, many years. And I will not forget anything because I praise You and thank You that flying is a discipline, and safety is an attitude. And I thank You for it.
Brother Copeland does the same thing if he’s in a car, and you can too:
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I plead the blood of Jesus over this car for protection against every wicked plan of the devil. Ministering spirits, lift us up in your hands lest we dash our foot against a stone, and keep us in all our ways according to the 91st Psalm.
You can do this before going inside a grocery store, before stepping foot in a stadium, a mall or anywhere else life takes you and your family members, potentially putting you in harm’s way. You can plead the blood of Jesus over your children every day before they go to school, before a sports practice and before they drive off in a car:
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I plead the blood of Jesus over my children. Based on Your Word, they are safe, blessed and protected everywhere they go. No weapon formed against them will prosper. Every work of the devil is brought to naught. Nothing shall harm them wherever they go. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Have faith in the blood because the blood protects you and your loved ones. Have faith in the blood, because it is the blood of Jesus that fulfilled the first covenant. Have faith in the blood, because it’s the blood that saved you and gave you a life of faith. Have faith in the blood because it’s another way you walk in God’s power and authority. Have faith in the blood!
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