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Thirty Bible Verses for Spiritual Warfare: Jump Start Your War Room Prayer Strategy

We are in a battle. Satan and his minions want your soul. We may not see it, we often forget it's happening. The enemy would love nothing more than for you to forget the great battlefield you are standing in. That's the only way evil wins and you lose. Don't let the Devil win.

Here are a host of Bible verses to help you bring yourself fully into War Room. These Scripture passages are for Spiritual Combat for you and your loved ones. 

Here are 30 Bible verses on battle, the war between good and evil, and overcoming sin and despair by the light of Christ for your Prayer War Room. You will find additional resources below, as well. 

I am releasing on this site some of the sections of a new book I'm preparing to publish entitled Pray Like a Prayer Warrior: Spiritual Combat and War Room Prayer Guide, link to the book provided below:

- In a previous article, we have put on the Armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6

- I have also already published this reprint of Dom Lorenzo Scupoli's classic on spiritual warfare, The Spiritual Combat:

Be a Prayer Warrior! Here is a mountain of ammunition for you to use in your Prayer War Room. Here is your arsenal for Spiritual Warfare and Spiritual Combat. 

Old Testament - Spiritual Warfare Verses

Psalms of Deliverance from Evil and Thanksgiving

Psalm 18:1-13, “Royal Thanksgiving for Victory”

I love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
    and I am saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me,
    the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me,
    the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord;
    to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
    and my cry to him reached his ears.

Then the earth reeled and rocked;
    the foundations also of the mountains trembled
    and quaked, because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
    and devouring fire from his mouth;
    glowing coals flamed forth from him.
He bowed the heavens, and came down;
    thick darkness was under his feet.
He rode on a cherub, and flew;
    he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering around him,
    his canopy thick clouds dark with water.
Out of the brightness before him
    there broke through his clouds
    hailstones and coals of fire.
The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
    and the Most High uttered his voice,
    hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalm 18:31-42,46,48, “Royal Thanksgiving for Victory”

For who is God, but the Lord?
    And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who girded me with strength,
    and made my way safe.
He made my feet like hinds’ feet,
    and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war,
    so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Thou hast given me the shield of thy salvation,
    and thy right hand supported me,
    and thy help made me great.
Thou didst give a wide place for my steps under me,
    and my feet did not slip.
I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
    and did not turn back till they were consumed.
I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
    they fell under my feet.
For thou didst gird me with strength for the battle;
    thou didst make my assailants sink under me.
Thou didst make my enemies turn their backs to me,
    and those who hated me I destroyed.
They cried for help, but there was none to save,
    they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
I beat them fine as dust before the wind;
    I cast them out like the mire of the streets. […]
The Lord lives; and blessed be my rock,
    and exalted be the God of my salvation, […]
who delivered me from my enemies;
    yea, thou didst exalt me above my adversaries;
    thou didst deliver me from men of violence.

Psalm 30:1-5, “Thanksgiving for Recovery from Grave Illness”:

I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast drawn me up,
    and hast not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to thee for help,
    and thou hast healed me.
O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol,
    restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy cometh with the morning.

Psalm 34:7-22, “Praise for Deliverance from Trouble”:

The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
O fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no want!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Come, O sons, listen to me,
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is there who desires life,
    and covets many days, that he may enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
    seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
    and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
    to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous;
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked;
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

The Exorcism Psalm - Psalm 91:1-16, “Assurance of God’s Protection”:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
    who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
    my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand;
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
    the Most High your habitation,
no evil shall befall you,
    no scourge come near your tent.
For he will give his angels charge of you
    to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
    and show him my salvation.

Psalm 138:7-8, “Thanksgiving and Praise”:

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    thou dost preserve my life;
thou dost stretch out thy hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and thy right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
    thy steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of thy hands.

Proverbs on Spiritual Warfare

Proverbs 5:21-23

For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
    and he watches[e] all his paths.
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
    and he is caught in the toils of his sin.
He dies for lack of discipline,
    and because of his great folly he is lost.

Proverbs 16:32

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
    and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 24:1-12

Be not envious of evil men,
    nor desire to be with them;
for their minds devise violence,
    and their lips talk of mischief.

By wisdom a house is built,
    and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
    with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is mightier than a strong man,
    and a man of knowledge than he who has strength;
for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
    and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Wisdom is too high for a fool;
    in the gate he does not open his mouth.
He who plans to do evil
    will be called a mischief-maker.
The devising of folly is sin,
    and the scoffer is an abomination to men.
If you faint in the day of adversity,
    your strength is small.
Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
    hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
    and will he not requite man according to his work?

Proverbs 24:24-27

He who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,”
    will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations;
but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
    and a good blessing will be upon them.
He who gives a right answer
    kisses the lips.
Prepare your work outside,
    get everything ready for you in the field;
    and after that build your house.

Old Testament – Other Verses on Spiritual Warfare

Joshua 1:9 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 23:9-11

“For the Lord has driven out before you great and strong nations; and as for you, no man has been able to withstand you to this day. One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, as he promised you. Take good heed to yourselves, therefore, to love the Lord your God.”

Zechariah 3:1-2 

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”

New Testament - Spiritual Warfare Verses

The Gospels on Spiritual Warfare

Matthew 6:9-14 – “The Lord’s Prayer”

Pray then like this: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 10:17-20 – “The Return of the Seventy”

“The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’ And he said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’”

John 8:31-32

“Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’”

John 10:7-11

“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’”

John 16:31-33

“Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’”

St. Paul on Spiritual Warfare

One of St. Paul’s greatest statements of spiritual warfare occurs in his Letter to the Ephesians, chapter 6. He describes in detail the “Armor of God.” This will be discussed in detail, line by line, piece of armor by piece of armor, in a separate chapter.   

St. Paul frequently talked about Jesus overcoming the powers of darkness. “According to Your word, Lord, my enemy has been disarmed and embarrassed” (Colossians 2:15).  Satan has been “overruled” (Eph 1:20-22), “mastered” (Phil 2:9-11), “rendered powerless” (Heb 2:14), and his works have been “destroyed” (1 John 3:8). 

Being these truths into your Prayer War Room. In that stronghold, command the ruin of the darkness with the Truth of Christ. 

Romans 8:31-39 – “God’s Love in Christ Jesus”

“What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,

‘For thy sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

2 Corinthians 10:7-9

Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that as he is Christ’s, so are we. For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I shall not be put to shame.

Ephesians 1:19-21 – Christ is Made Supreme Over All Things

“… According to the working of his great might which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come; and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all.”

Philippians 2:9-11

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things which we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”

Hebrews 4:12-13

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

Hebrews 11:32-34 

“And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.”

New Testament – Other Verses on Spiritual Warfare

1 Peter 5:8-9 

“Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.”

James 4:7-8 

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”

Jude v.24-25 – “Benediction” 

“Lord, You are able to keep me from stumbling. You will present me blameless in Your presence. It is upon this hope I cast myself and acknowledge Your authority, power, and majesty. To You be all the glory and honor. It is for these things- for Your glory and honor – that I ask Your mighty hand to bring about victory in my life.”

Revelation on Spiritual Warfare 

Revelation 12: The Woman and the Dragon

The Queen of Heaven 
And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

Saint Michael Defeats the Dragon
Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

The Dragon Fights Again on Earth
And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon had poured from his mouth. Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

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  1. I could not read the article because the type style you use is hard to read because it is small and grey not black. Please use larger type and solid black for those of use who are no longer young.

    1. That's a very practical comment. Thank you! I will try to fix that for you ASAP. Changes should take place within a week - let me know what you think. Thanks, again!

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    3. Chris - We just updated the font, font size, and color. How does it look now? Thanks!

  2. Much better! thank you for you quick response - it means a lot to know you care.

  3. Pretty dog-gone amazing as we say around here. I am always stunned at the Psalms, who in the world could write like that except under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

    A couple of comments if I may...

    These Psalms mention "the Fear of God" prominently which I think is ignored by todays Church. People don't realize that fear of God is essential to Catholics.

    Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Why do most well known Catholic sites never say that Jesus is a dictator, a wonderful, merciful, benevolent dictator, but a dictator nonetheless. He can and he will and he does dictate to us and we better obey.

    Jesus called some people dogs, some people pigs, some people snakes and He condemned 3 entire cities to Hell. That is important for the laity to know rather than a feminine idea of Jesus that Bishop Fulton Sheen criticized.

    thank you very much

    1. Good points all, Chris! Fear of God is a gift of the Holy Spirit! Hopefully, this comes to us all via the sacrament of Confirmation.