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Prayers that break the yoke.

As Christians, we often hear the phrase "take my yoke upon you," but what exactly is a yoke? A yoke is a wooden beam used to harness two animals together for plowing or pulling heavy loads. Can you imagine carrying heavy loads and having a wooden beam put around your neck? In the Bible, yokes are often used as a metaphor for burdens or oppressive situations that weigh us down and hinder our progress.

Yokes can come in various forms that hinder our walk with God. These yokes can be caused by sin, fear, doubt, anxiety, un-forgiveness, and even wrong beliefs. Scripture we can look at is Lamentations 1:14 says, "The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up." This verse shows how sin can lead to the yoke of bondage, but with prayer and repentance, we can break free from it. Yokes can limit our progress, prevent us from experiencing the fullness of God's blessings, and keep us from fulfilling our purpose in Christ. In some cases, yokes can be generational, passed down from our ancestors or parents. For instance, if someone in your family had a history of addiction, it could create a yoke of addiction that one may struggle with as well. Similarly, if someone grew up in a family where poverty was the norm, they may struggle with a poverty mindset that creates a yoke of lack and scarcity.