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As I understand it, "pleading the blood of Jesus" when praying is done with the goal of claiming the power of Christ over the subject or situation that is being prayed about, and providing assurance of a favorable response. The role of the lamb's blood at the first Passover in protecting the Israelites (Exodus 12:1-13) (which was a foreshadowing of Christ's coming sacrificial death) is sometimes cited as an Old Testament basis for this belief or practice, as is the statement in Revelation 12:11 that the redeemed have conquered Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. Although Christians are invited to bring their requests before God in prayer, they should also pray (and be willing) for God's will to be done in answering those requests. "Pleading the blood of Jesus" (in my opinion) views faith as a force that, if applied sufficiently, compels God to act in the petitioner's favor, including with regard to the petitioner's material well-being, or victory over evil spiritual forces. However, God cannot be manipulated in that fashion, and is not to be viewed as subject to it. The death of Christ, and the shedding of His blood, provided (and continue to provide) many benefits to Christians, such as forgiving our sins, reconciling us to God, and guaranteeing our inheritance in heaven. But the express practice of pleading the blood of Jesus in prayer is not commanded in the Bible, and adds no additional force or benefit to prayer that is not already achieved by praying in Jesus' name, or for His sake.
"Plead" is a legal term. Thus to plead the blood of Jesus is to legally apply that "force" to a situation. It's not to get God to move, it's to make the devil release his hold on what rightfully belongs to us! Pleading the blood isn't about manipulating God; no, He can't be. But the devil cannot cross the blood line! Apply the blood, as in Exodus at the first Passover! Claim the blood! Plead the blood! There is power in the blood of the Lamb. The enemy knows this; I believe that's why he has tried so hard to remove the mention of it from God's people.
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