The weapon used to cast out an evil spirit of a person
influenced or possessed by the devil is only the holy name of God, either the
Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit, and the Precious Blood of Christ.
The weapon in the cases of deliverance is the prayer done to God the Father in the name of Jesus and by the power of his Precious Blood, the petitions of intercession done by the Virgin Mary in response to our prayers, especially the Holy Rosary, and also the prayers directed to San Michael the Archangel, the angels and the saints.
According to Canon 1172 of the Code of Canon Law no one may licitly perform exorcisms on those who are possessed, unless he has obtained particular and express permission from the local ordinary (section 1), and it decrees that this permission is to be granted by the Ordinary only to priests who are outstanding in piety, knowledge, prudence, and integrity of life (section 2).
Therefore, the faithful are forbidden to do exorcisms.
How can we the faithful and also believers in Christ then
make use of the Holy Name of Christ without disobeying the Church?
How can we have recourse to the Holy Name of Christ, when we find ourselves affected by evil spirits?
The answer is our "prayer of deliverance"
The Work of God Apostolate offers a solution to this
situation, and acting in obedience to the Church presents the following prayers
which have produced effective results.
Let us not do any exorcism, that is to say, let us not give orders to the devil, let us not enter into a dialog with him in any way whatsoever, so that we don't have to suffer the consequences. Let us allow the Holy Name of Jesus obtain from God the Father the power to cast out satan from our world, let us invoke the Precious Blood of Jesus to cover us and to protect us every moment, let us permit our faith to flourish in praise and supplication before the only God, who has offered us His protection.
Because of the restrictions imposed upon the believers by the authority of the Church to exorcise, we are left with our prayers of deliverance in which we can ask God the Father in the name of Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints and by the power of Saint Michael the Archangel.
This doesn't mean that we are going to lose the battle, on the contrary, we are going to let the Lord do the battle for us with the assurance of victory, just as when Moses said to the Israelites before crossing the red sea. Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still"
The weapon of our deliverance is our own faith, and in the same way that Christ resisted the devil in the desert, now we are in the desert of this world, where we only have one powerful weapon which is the Holy Name of Jesus. Through his Holy Name, we are filled with power before the enemy, not in direct form, but seeking refuge in the protection that Christ gives us and in the promises that he has given us:
7 Ask and you will receive, search and you will find, knock and the door will be open.
8 Because everyone who asks receives, everyone who searches finds and for everyone who knocks, the door will be open.
18 Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.
19 Again I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven.
20 For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
13 Because I go to the Father: and whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do.
Just as when we are about to begin a battle, we must sit and study our
intelligence on the enemy, we must analyze our weapons and our capacity, we
must be totally sure that our battle will lead us to victory.
To try to fight the devil without knowing knowing the necessary tactics to defeat him, is like being unprotected and placing our hands in a beehive, or like playing with fire.
First of all we must be clear about the notion that God is the only one who can overcome the enemy, since He alone is superior to the devil, who has been created according to his designs.
Here we really must make use of the Work of God, nor our own, since God definitively
is the only way for our deliverance.
Again, an exorcism is an exclusive matter for a priest duly authorized by the Church according to Canon 1172 of the Code of Canon Law.
I repeat, we are not going to do an exorcism, we are going then to prepare ourselves for a profound prayer of deliverance, which involves the knowledge of all that is mentioned previously above and of the prayers recommended.
We may also make use of sacramentals such as a crucifix containing wood (it must not be all plastic or metallic), holy water, holy salt and holy oil.
The influenced person may pray these prayers although, it is probable that the enemy will distract him and he may end up doing something else, this is why it is recommended that at least two people who are faithful to the Church, preferably who attend mass daily say the prayers.
The day of the prayers, they must get together in a place where there won't be other persons who may interrupt or become influenced by the evil one. First of all they must talk about God, read the Holy Bible and make available at least two or three hours to avoid any haste.
It is a good idea for all to be in a state of grace, and to have confessed their sins recently, to avoid the risk of being scandalized by knowledge of the evil one.
During some moments in our prayers we should kneel down,
although it is also good to be comfortable and serene during most of the
It is recommended to anoint the influenced person with holy oil during the prayer of deliverance, especially when we start to ask the Lord to cast out the enemy. It is also recommended to sprinkle holy water in the place and also to make the sign of the cross.
In the sections where appears the sign of the cross, we must pause, bless ourselves and bless those we praying for.
It is advisable to make copies of the prayers for every one present, this way there is more concentration, although only one person should read the prayers loudly and clearly, but every one must live them in their hearts.
We must read very slowly, as if waiting for a response to our prayer after every sentence.
Those who have received the gift of tongues, may praise God in tongues during the prayers, remembering the words of Jesus about not worrying in court, that is being before the accuser, since the Holy Spirit will speak for us, and our Heavenly Father will command the enemy to go out of the situation or person we are praying for.
These prayers may be repeated as often as possible, until
obtaining total deliverance. Whenever a priest exorcises in cases of possession,
very seldom, the devil leaves in the first session, unless it is a case of
influence which only requires faith and determination from the influenced
Here we may understand better Mark 16:15 when Jesus gives the believers the power to cast out devils, as a sign accompanied by the gift of tongues and the gift of healing.
Since it is the Spirit that commands and not ourselves, we are never contradicting the Church during these prayers. He who prays for the benefit of his brother is giving glory to God. See James 5:19-20
The devil knows beforehand that we are preparing a prayer
to this end, normally unexpected things may occur, like problems and
misunderstandings that perturb those who are going to do the prayer, cars don't
start, unexpected programs, lock that don't open, keys that brake, and other
incredible things may happen to cancel the prayer meeting. It is recommended
that those taking part in the prayers attend mass during that day, and with
anticipation offer holy masses offering the Precious Blood of Jesus for the
deliverance of the person who requires it.
When we start the prayers, we must not pay attention to the enemy if there is a manifestation, especially with lies or blasphemies. Our prayers are directed to God, not to the devil, our conversation is with God, we can not interrupt it by having a dialog with the devil.
We must not be afraid by any noises, movements or gestures made by the one being prayed over, we must not be afraid even if our legs are trembling, this is natural to feel, but we must not interrupt our prayer by having a dialog with the enemy.
Our faith must remain firm in the power of God that is going to bring deliverance to a suffering soul.
It is advisable to speak with the person in question and make him feel repentance for his sins and to confirm his faith in the power of Christ for his deliverance, at the same time these prayers can be said at any distance, with the same effectiveness, since we don't have any power or sanctity, it is God who is doing his work by listening to our sincere prayer full of faith.
We must not allow ourselves to be taken away by curiosity of having this encounter with the devil, after all we are children of God, created in his image; the devil is also his creation and we must not be too impressed, he is acting according to his evil nature, we are praying according to the Spirit of God who leads us to seek his Glory.
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