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Thank you for writing this. I appreciate your frankness, and do increasingly think that demons are real. It's a difficult opinion to hold in the modern secular world, but it feels true nonetheless.

How should an Orthodox Christian work to cleanse himself of demons? I know that prayer, fasting, and avoiding sin are important, but are there specific prayers or practices we can incorporate that target demons directly?

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I think for most of us weak sinners, it is better not to fight the demons directly, but rather to fight the passions within our own hearts, to pray more and more, and to receive the Holy Mysteries as often as possible. If we open ourselves to becoming vessels of the Holy Spirit, then He Himself will put the demons to flight. To this end, making good, frequent, and sincere confessions is the best way to cleanse and protect ourselves from demonic influence and action.

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Humbled…thank you, Brother!

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This is a great article: an important and very timely message, that to be honest I probably needed to hear more than I'd like to admit. Thanks.

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