As kid I’ve always been sensitive to the spirit. I didn’t understand my unease at times but I understood that evil presence or forces lurked everywhere; seeking and waiting for an opportunity to oppress or torment.
The last time anything of that nature occurred was when I lived in Oxnard, Ca. As I slept I felt something like a pillow pressed against my face. To give some background: I was sleeping supine with my head turned to the side. I remember it like it was yesterday.
The pressure was at first pressed against my cheek since, again, my head was turned to the side. What woke me was the REPOSITIONING of the pressure!
I felt it lift and then press right against my face again, only this time I couldn’t breathe.
So why am I sharing this with you?
Because it happened again today…early this morning around 1:30am and then again just after 2:00am.
If you’ve ever been tormented in your sleep you know it can be a terrifying experience. You cant move and you cant speak. You are completely aware but unable to control your own body. You cant even hear the sound of your voice in your head. You’re screaming but nothing seems to come out…yea I know that feeling.
So this morning the first attack I waited it out. The pressure was all around me because I was sleeping on my side. I couldn’t move or scream the name of Jesus. So I waited, I didn’t panic. When the pressure finally released, I began to pray. I was tired so my prayer was short but to the point.
Jesus is Lord, I am free through Jesus…I kept saying my Savior’s name. I was still shaken but exhaustion won out and I fell asleep again. My cat snuggled against me sensing my distress. Eventually I fell asleep again.
But less than an hour later, I became alert again. Almost sensing the attack right before it occurred.
This time I was sleeping on my stomach so the pressure came from above me. Pressing down between my shoulder blades like an unbelievably heavy weight. As soon as it touched me I was paralyzed. Unable to move or speak. my voice was again stopped completely.
I waited until it released and then I began to call on Jesus again. This time my prayer was considerably stronger and more direct. I reminded my attacker who my savior is and its place underneath my authority through Christ.
But I could not go back to sleep. I looked at my cellphone and the time was barely passed 2am. I knew that if I went back to sleep the attacks would continue. I started praying again and tried calling my mother. She is the prayer warrior in my family.
I could not reach her. She was not picking up. I sent half a dozen messages, nearly frantic for a response. She never replied.
So, I sent messages to everyone in my phone I assumed who would pray if asked. My cousin, my brother, my aunt and uncle, my friends Rose, Emily and Miya. At this point, ANYONE would do. I needed the prayers of a few to break whatever stronghold was over me this day.
I went into my bathroom with my bible in hand and began to pray in earnest. I read scripture and prayed. I sang to the Holy Spirit and asked for His help as I thumbed through the pages of Psalms. I read and sang every chapter I felt that resembled my current situation.
Eventually I was contacted by my cousin and brother. They both prayed and I felt a breakthrough. I continued to sing and worship right there sitting on the toilet in my bathroom to the Father. I sang in contrition and humility. I sang for forgiveness. I had opened myself to that attack somehow. I had to be reminded that I cannot live idly in this time. Every tiny crack in my shield is like a gaping hole in the spirit, susceptible to attack and since I’ve started walking in my calling “writing” my light has made me a target.
I want to remind anyone who may be experiencing the same things or know someone who is…that Yaweh is in control. The enemy IS under your feet by Christ Jesus and has NO DOMINION over you! None! We have to examine our lives to ensure that we aren’t allowing His protection to be drawn back.
Any lies or deceit, fornication or adultery, back biting or gossiping, entertaining the ungodly etc…these are avenues the enemy uses to get to us.
The closer you come to your righteousness, the more that is expected of you! You cannot remain the same. You have to fully relinquish the world and grasp onto Heaven itself. Your desire must be for the things that Yaweh wants for you. His Will reigns.
I was reminded of this. There are areas of my life that are not in line with His Will and I am leaving myself vulnerable as a result. I have to clean house.
So again, if you or someone you know is experiencing the same thing be UNafraid. Yaweh is STILL with you! Calm your spirit in the midst of your torment and wait on Yaweh. Keep His name in your mind if you cannot speak. If you can speak you MUST SPEAK HIS NAME OUTLOUD. Say it boldly and loudly! Then beseech the Holy Spirit for His presence and help.
If you don’t know how to pray I found a really powerful prayer you can use. I used it today:
I bow in worship and praise before you. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to You. I take a stand against all the workings of satan that would hinder me in my prayer life. I address myself only to the True and Living God and refuse any involvement of satan in my prayer. Satan, I command you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all your demons.
I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us. It surrounds me like a mighty wall that you cannot penetrate. Heavenly Father, I worship You and give You praise. I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer. I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity and that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative and that through Him You have completely forgiven me; You have adopted me into your family; You have assumed all responsibility for me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him, you have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength. Heavenly Father, open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this day. I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the Cross and in His resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies.
I take my place with Him in he heavenlies and recognize by faith that all wicked spirits and Satan himself are under my feet. I declare, therefore, that satan and his wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the Armor You have provided. I put on the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Sandals of Peace and the Helmet of Salvation. I lift up the Shield of Faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy; and I take in my hand the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. I choose to use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life. I put on this Armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit. I am grateful, Heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject all the insinuations, and accusations, and the temptations of Satan. I affirm that the Word of God is true and I choose to live today in the light of God’s Word. I choose, Heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself.
Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that do not please You. Work in me to cleanse me from all ground that would give satan a foothold against me. I do in every way stand into all that it means to be Your adopted child and I welcome all the ministry of the Holy Spirit. By faith and in dependence upon You, I put off the fleshly works of the evil one and stand into all the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the Your holiness and stand into all the victory of the resurrection and the provision He has made for me to live above sin. Therefore, today I put off all forms of selfishness and put on the new nature with its love.
I put off all forms of fear and put on the new nature with its courage. I put off all forms of weakness and put on the new nature with its strength. I put off all forms of lust and put on the new nature with its righteousness, purity, and honesty. I am trusting You to show me how to make this practical in my daily life. In every way I stand into the victory of the ascension and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby all the principalities and powers were made subject to Him.
I claim my place in Christ as victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me. Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe. I am thankful, Heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word. I, therefore, claim all the will of God for today. I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and peace, with long-suffering, gentleness and goodness, with meekness, faithfulness and self-control in my life.
I recognize that this is Your will for me and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the will of god. I refuse in this day to believe my feelings and I hold up the Shield of Faith against all the accusations and distortion and insinuations that satan would put into my mind. I claim the fullness of the will of God for my life today. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I completely surrender myself to You, Heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of Your will today.
I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down of imagination and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of satan and smash the plans of satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, blessed Holy Spirit.
I affirm, Heavenly Father, that You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. I break and smash the strongholds of satan formed against my emotions today and I give my emotions to you. I smash the strongholds of satan formed against my will today, I give my will to You and choose to make the right decisions of faith. I smash the strongholds of satan formed against my body today, I give my body to You recognizing that I am your temple. I rejoice in Your mercy and goodness.
Heavenly Father, I pray that now and through this day You would strengthen and enlighten me. Show me the way satan is hindering and tempting and lying and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer and faith. Enable me to be aggressive mentally, to think about and practice Your Word, and to give You Your rightful place in my life. Again, I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all the work of the glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today.
I surrender myself to You. I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way this victory over all the satanic forces in my life. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving and praise to You, alone.
It is long but very powerful. Say it with conviction and authority. It is ok to simply read it but the more power you put in your words the more power you add to the prayer.
I am going to read this prayer everyday until I can say it from the heart. And again, be not afraid. Yaweh is always with you and I align myself with you in prayer from this day forward. I will lend my will and my thoughts to add power to a prayer between two or more so that His Presence will inhabit your dwelling place.
Amen. Selah and God Bless
- Warfare Prayer (bishoppatterson.wordpress.com)