Monday, August 1, 2022

What The Saying "I Plead The Blood Of Jesus" ("I Plead The Blood") Means In Church Prayers & Gospel Songs

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part pancocojams series about the Christian saying "I plead the blood of Jesus" ("I plead the blood").

Part I of this series presents some online excerpts about this saying. This post also presents an excerpt of an online article about the meaning of Jesus being described as "the Lamb of God."

Click for Part II of this pancocojams series. Part II showcases three African American* Gospel videos that include the Christian saying "I plead the blood".

The lyrics for Charles Jenkins' Gospel song "War" are also included in that post. That song includes the words "I plead the blood."

* The choice of these videos does not mean to imply that this saying is only used by African Americans.

The content of this post is presented for religious, linguistic, and cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. 
Click for a related pancocojams post entitled "Memories Of African American "Old School" Praying Deacons & Church Mothers" 

Also, click for Part I of the pancocojams post with the [revised title] "Explanations Of Some African American Church Words & Phrases Part I". The link to Part II of that series is found in that post.


These excerpts are given in no particular order and are numbered for referencing purposes only.

"When you say you are “pleading the blood,” you are declaring the power that Jesus has over Satan and his schemes.

Many people use the phrase “pleading the blood” because of what the Israelites were told to do during the Passover.

The Israelites covered their doorposts with blood as the tenth plague came upon Egypt where the firstborn died. The blood around the doorposts then protected the Israelites from the final plague.

"The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt." Exodus 12:13


Many peopl
e ... “plead the blood” over the devil’s hold in their life. They are calling out for protection under the blood of Jesus amidst the spiritual warfare.


In scripture, we read of the power we have through Christ against spiritual warfare. When we come against the devil and the hold that he has in our lives we do not fight him with physical weapons, but the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:11-20.


In scripture, we read of the power we have through Christ against spiritual warfare. When we come against the devil and the hold that he has in our lives we do not fight him with physical weapons, but the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:11-20.

Jesus has already defeated Satan through his death and resurrection. Satan still tries to get those who follow Jesus to stumble, “pleading the blood” can be similar to claiming that you stand as a Christian and that Jesus has already thwarted the plans of the enemy.

“Pleading the blood” while in spiritual warfare can be a way of us surrendering to God and appealing to Him. It can be an act of surrendering to God and trusting He will lead us even in our darkest moments."...


What does "plead the blood of Jesus" mean?

Asked December 06 2018 • Data larry huggins

1. Mini Tim Maas. December 07 2018
"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."

2. Stringio Aaron McClure, May 31 2019
"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.

Gene Deloach, June 07 2019
"That’s absolutely correct. If Satan did cross through the blood of Christ he shed on the cross for our sins, he would be a saved devil. That ain’t goin to happen!

When we plead the blood of our savior, call on Him in desperation, we are saying what is in fact inevitable. We are defenseless against Satan and his attacks by ourself. We need help and PTL we have all the help available in Jesus!"

....The Blood of Jesus covers it all.

Another way to describe the Blood of Jesus is to apply the Blood to a situation. There’s nothing you can’t plead the Blood of Jesus against for protection. You have been blood purchased so everything you have is covered by the blood. Satan doesn’t want you to recognize that. There’s deliverance in the Blood. When you plead the blood, you have put your confidence in the word of God knowing that He will do as He has promised.

As a result, Jesus’ Blood paid it all for us on Calvary.


When God is on your side, who can stand against you? When the Lord Almighty is your fortress, who can oppose you? We have no limits as children of God, no Goliath, no Red Sea, no Pharaoh. Nothing can limit our God.


We serve a Big God.

Finally, as believers …we have been given a blueprint of how to overcome the enemy. The devil nor his demons can stand against the cross or the Blood of Jesus.

Above all, instead of focusing on what you don’t have or where you can’t go. Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6). Don’t let the enemy have your peace. Stay focus–Anything that has your focus the enemy will try to destroy it. Keep it covered and protected under the Blood of Jesus Christ.Now, take a bold stand today and Plead the Blood of Jesus over your situation. Pray without ceasing 1Thessalonians 5:16-18. God has equipped you with all you need for this fight. Use your weapon. Pick up your sword! Prepare to fight."...

From What does it mean that Jesus is the Lamb of God? 
""When Jesus is called the Lamb of God in John 1:29 and John 1:36, it is referring to Him as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for sin. In order to understand who Christ was and what He did, we must begin with the Old Testament, which contains prophecies concerning the coming of Christ as a “guilt offering” (Isaiah 53:10). In fact, the whole sacrificial system established by God in the Old Testament set the stage for the coming of Jesus Christ, who is the perfect sacrifice God would provide as atonement for the sins of His people (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 10).

The sacrifice of lambs played a very important role in the Jewish religious life and sacrificial system. When John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), the Jews who heard him might have immediately thought of any one of several important sacrifices. With the time of the Passover feast being very near, the first thought might be the sacrifice of the Passover lamb. The Passover feast was one of the main Jewish holidays and a celebration in remembrance of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. In fact, the slaying of the Passover lamb and the applying of the blood to doorposts of the houses (Exodus 12:11-13) is a beautiful picture of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. Those for whom He died are covered by His blood, protecting us from the angel of (spiritual) death.

Another important sacrifice involving lambs was the daily sacrifice at the temple in Jerusalem. Every morning and evening, a lamb was sacrificed in the temple for the sins of the people (Exodus 29:38-42). These daily sacrifices, like all others, were simply to point people towards the perfect sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In fact, the time of Jesus’ death on the cross corresponds to the time the evening sacrifice was being made in the temple. The Jews at that time would have also been familiar with the Old Testament prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah, who foretold the coming of One who would be brought “like a lamb led to the slaughter” (Jeremiah 11:19; Isaiah 53:7) and whose sufferings and sacrifice would provide redemption for Israel. Of course, that person was none other than Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God.”....

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