Deliverance is being rescued or set free; but I ‘d say it is more of “receiving what Christ has already done for us” and this can sometimes be a process. Does it have to be? No, but know that even if a person is delivered instantly, that is, all of the legions are cast out, they must continue in the word and prayer, the renewal of their mind must follow (process) for them to confidently keep what they have received. Howbeit, we ‘are being delivered daily (2 Cor. 4:11).
I believe that all of the deliverance that people receive is by the word, whether it is (1) spoken into their lives or over them or (2) they declare it themselves or (2) they simply release their faith by believing what the word says. Thus, sitting with the word is very important in retaining deliverance. In fact, it’s not just the easiest way but the best way out because when the word is unveiled to you and you are delivered, you can never be put in bondage by the same spirits anymore…because you are now aware of the truth.
Sadly, I have seen cases of people who were prayed for and they received healing, etc but soon after they lost their healing or deliverance because they did not know the word so when the enemy came back to lie to them about that same situation, they believed him and gave him entry. Most people who find themselves in this place did not understand the value of their deliverance and hence were careless with it.
If a person is delivered from spiritual husband/wife, for example, and then go back to fornicate or commit adultery, they open the door again to that demon to repossess and even invite seven demons more wicked than it (Matthew 12:45). This is why Jesus would often say “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11) lest a worse thing happen to you (John 5:14).
Purpose of Prayer For Deliverance
Prayer is supposed to help change us, advance us, that is transform us in light of God’s word. Basically, as you pray and read the word, the Lord opens your eyes. Prayer also humbles us, amongst others…but through this process you are being made free and will eventually be set completely free.
This is where it becomes a process. The making is a process (of producing something), setting is instant (put or bring into a specified state). During this time, we are being transformed into the image of God from Glory to Glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Hence, if your faith could carry it, you would be delivered instantly…but when our faith cannot carry something, it becomes a process of deliverance; however, as soon as you understand the truth and the light of God shines in that area of your life (Eph. 1:17-18), you are made free & your faith grows.
Which is Better?
Neither supersedes the other as long as you know the truth; however, the “process” is much beneficial and healthy for anyone who wants to grow and seek understanding during the process, so as to stay strong. This is where patience and perseverance perfects their work and this helps strengthen us. You don’t have to believe the lies of the devil. I encourage you to spend more time in the word.← Why is Deliverance A Process?