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“Why aren’t we seeing more answers to prayer for Philadelphia?”

Why does the violence continue and even increase? Why aren’t answers to poverty, homelessness and trauma emerging? Is it because we are failing to first identify and remove the “strongholds” – the curses on the land – that are “open doors”, allowing the enemy to continue his destruction?

Faithful intercessors have been praying fervently for decades and their number has grown in recent months and years as churches throughout the city have cried out to God to stop the violence in our streets. 

We’ve humbled ourselves. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We’ve repented for anyways leaders have not stood up to sin. (Ezekiel 8:17)

And the violence has continued.

Perhaps there are powers and principalities (Ephesians 6:12) and curses of innocent blood shed on the land (Numbers 35: 33, Psalm 106: 38, Deuteronomy 28: 16) that stand in the way of our prayer regarding violence in Philadelphia being as effective as it could/should be.

Daniel experienced that when the Prince of Persia, a “territorial spirit”, one of the powers and principalities, prevented his prayers from being answered, even though they had reached heaven. (Daniel 10:12-13) It took divine intervention from the Archangel, Michael, before the answers came

Do we in Philadelphia need to deal with powers and principalities, with the curses on the land, before our prayers will be fully effective?

In response to this question, during the month of June, The Philadelphia Tabernacle of David is coordinating prayer at the 60 intersections across the city that have been the site of three or more murders in recent years.

Intercessors will release a declaration to cancel the curses that came from the shedding of innocent blood and replace them with the Isaiah 60, Glory of the Lord. 

 To date, half of the sites have been spoken for by prayer teams. We need additional volunteers to cover the remaining intersections. We need the Body of Christ, The Church of Philadelphia to come together “as one”. Will you join us in this?

Churches, ministries, prayer teams and intercessors, all are welcome. If you want to volunteer, or just want more information:

Contact Martha Dean by emailing [email protected]

A few more details:

  • Minimum of three or four intercessors per team would be ideal
  • Each team goes at a time convenient to them during the month of June
  • All teams begin by speaking the same declaration over the intersection so that we are in one accord (The declaration will be emailed to you.)
  • Additional scriptures, prayers and declarations would be inportant at each site


Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit.  We declare that, according to Psalm 24, the earth is yours and all its fullness, the world and all those who dwell therein.  For You have founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.  This intersection, _________________________________, belongs to You!

As your sons and daughters, we stand upon this ground and speak peace to these streets. We magnify the name of Jehovah Shalom at this intersection and take authority over all chaos, confusion, fear and distraction.  Peace, be still, in Jesus name!

Father, we thank You for the precious blood of Jesus that cleanses and covers us.  We declare that this assignment, and all connected to it, is covered in the blood of the Son, and as such, we are hidden from the enemy.  Lord Jesus, we come into agreement with the living intercession that is flowing from Your throne (Hebrews 7:25) on behalf of the people connected to this intersection as well as all the prayers of the saints for this ground in times past.  We thank You that these prayers are all moving in agreement to see Your kingdom break in at this gateway.

Father, Your word says (Isaiah 28:6) that You will be strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.  Further, Jesus stated that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church.  As we stand at this gateway, we declare that hell will not prevail and that heaven is breaking in.  We declare the finished work of the cross at this gateway and stand firm against the assault of the adversary and his hosts.  We declare that the battle must turn at this gate!  Light be – darkness flee!

Lift up your heads, oh you gates!  Make way for the One who is mighty in battle, the Lord of Hosts!  We declare that this gate belongs to the King of Glory, and that angel armies are dispatched to secure this gate.  We agree, Father, with the assignments that you have given these angels to assist us in our work, and declare that there are more for us than against us.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we appropriate the blood of the Lamb to the very places that bloodshed has occurred at this intersection.  Jesus, Your blood speaks a better word, and we silence all cries for vengeance or retaliation.  Instead, we magnify the sound of mercy.  We break the curses associated with this bloodshed in the name of Jesus, the One who bore the curse upon Himself.

We speak healing to the land and break off trauma, in Jesus’ name.  We proclaim the healing power of the Lord Jesus into the atmosphere and erase the memory of fear and death the acts committed on this sight have produced.  Lord, we thank You that you still heal the broken hearted and set the oppressed free.  We declare that Your healing power destroys trauma and restores innocence.

Jehovah Jireh, we magnify You at this gateway.  We declare that You are a source of hope and provision for those in need.  We break the power of hopelessness that has come from generations of trauma and poverty.  We say, hope arise!  We declare that You are the answer for decades of deep poverty.  We decree that the sound of the altar of Jehovah Jireh speaks louder than poverty.  Father, we come before you and repent for the redlining practices instituted over 80 years ago that are still impacting this intersection and neighborhood.  Let justice roll like a mighty river.  We set the axe to the root of poverty and the effects of redlining at this gateway and declare a turn around, in Jesus name!

Lord, from this gateway to all 60 of the gateways, we loose the power of Your light.  Shatter the darkness that has settled in at these intersections, in Jesus’ name.  We proclaim that the synergy of intercession is moving at all of these gates to cause Kingdom order to come.  Violence must stop, as we release the blood bought Shalom that destroys the authority attached to this murder and chaos, in the powerful name of Jesus!  We declare Isaiah 60:1-2 over this gate:


Arise, shine; For your light has come!

And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,

And deep darkness the people;

But the Lord will arise over you,

And His glory will be seen upon you.