No Need to Plead

As I was going through my Twitter feed the other night, I came across a news story about a church in Ohio continuing to gather together despite the federal, state, and city requests of not having gatherings of 10 or more people. (That subject is for another article – maybe?) In a news report, members of the church were asked why they continued to attend, risking infection for themselves and non-churchgoing people in their community. “I wouldn’t be anywhere else," a woman said. “Aren’t you concerned you can infect other people if you get sick inside?” the reporter asked. “No,” the woman responded. “I’m covered in Jesus’ blood. I’m covered in Jesus’ blood.”

“I’m covered in Jesus’ blood,” “I plead the blood of Jesus,” or “I apply the blood of Jesus,” are common expressions among many professing Christians. There are some who say, “I plead the blood of Jesus over my family,” or “I plead the blood of Jesus over my marriage,” or “I plead the blood of Jesus over my car.” I’m sure there are even some that have even tried to plead the blood of Jesus over their cat or dog.

These type of requests sound very pious. I can’t even call them prayers because of how they sound and the fact you will not find such requests anywhere in the Bible. Those who make these requests seem to imply if these phrases are not added to actual prayers the prayers are not good enough. These type of requests seem to be trying to take control of the situation. It is like they are thinking by pleading the blood of Jesus, or whatever phrase they want to use, God should do whatever they are requesting, or God is even more required than if they had actually prayed a simple prayer of appeal. It is important to understand these phrases do not magically activate the power of God. These phrases are not the horse-shoe of God.

This teaching is based from a misplaced view that prayer is a way of manipulating God to get what we want rather than praying for His will to be done. The whole Word of Faith movement, which teaches pleading the blood, is founded on the false teaching that faith is a force, and that, if we pray with enough faith, God guarantees us health, wealth, and happiness.

Obviously, there is nothing wrong with simple prayers for God’s protection over our marriages, families, and friends. Essentially, simple prayers are just as effective without adding on a certain phrase. We can just look to Scripture and see the tax collector praying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). This simple prayer provides us an example of God responding to a simple prayer for mercy. Simple prayers without superstitious phrases will be heard by God and answered according to the perfect will of God.

Something else important to note is the fact that Satan has already been defeated and as truly born again believers, Satan does not have power over us other than what God allows for His glory and our growth. There is no need for followers of Christ to continually plead the blood of Jesus or repeat any other phrase thinking it gives our prayers extra power. The blood of Jesus is the believer’s: Redemption (Eph.1:7); Propitiation (Rom. 3:25); Cleansing (Heb. 9:14); Forgiveness (Heb. 9:22); Access to God (Eph. 2:13); Reconciliation (Col. 1:20); Justification (Rom. 5:9); Sanctification (Heb. 13:12). The need for people to use these phrases shows a lack of understanding of the sufficient work of Jesus Christ. It is finished. The promises of God are yes and amen. Followers of Christ, please understand there are no secret codes to get God to work on your behalf.

Pastor Justin Villines