Q. The term “pleading the blood” or “pleading the blood of Jesus” has been used in certain churches for some time. I cannot find this practice used in any of the Gospels or Acts. First, what is this based on, and is it scriptural? What do you think of this practice?
A. This is a phrase used in some parts of the Church to claim the divine power of the Lord’s blood for forgiveness, deliverance or protection against demonic powers. While there’s no specific mention of this phrase in the New Testament, it’s a reminder that because of the Lord’s shed blood we have power available to us that’s greater than any spiritual force that can be arrayed against us. It’s one of the so-called power phrases that Christians use. Some others are “standing in the gap” for intercessory prayer, or “hedge of protection” for spiritual covering, etc.