This is a blog that has been on my heart for a long time. It has taken me a while to decide how to write this story of prayer without causing offense, but I’m going to try.
Several years ago, my husband and I moved from a smaller city on the prairies to a large city several provinces away. I had experience already with the occult and praying with authority. One of the amazing things we learned when we arrived in our new location was that no spiritual content was allowed on the local radio stations nor in the newspapers. A bit of investigation revealed that a professed warlock held an influential position in the city and he was behind the ban.
I was excited to find a Christian writers group to join. Our group was progressive and looking for ways to encourage other writers. That was until the suggestion was made to host a Christian writers workshop. The expressed fear was amazing.
“What if the warlock shows up and disrupts our workshop?” That was the first of many questions that arose. “Then we’ll pray him out of there,” was my response. It took a bit of persuasion but after much prayer and discussion we decided to go ahead with the workshop.
In the meantime I did a lot of personal praying, pleading for insight, reaffirming authority in prayer and searching the scriptures. I’m not sure how I came upon this idea, obviously an answer to my prayer for insight, but I began praying this prayer: “Lord, give that warlock every opportunity to turn to you but if he refuses, then in Jesus’ Name, remove him from his place of authority in this city.”
We had a successful writers workshop and he did not show up. But I continued to pray because he still had a grip on the media. Paul prayed for the Christians in Ephesus 1: (19). “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power (20) that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (21) Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come. (22) God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. (23) And the church is his body. It is made full and complete by Christ; who fills all things everywhere with himself.”
With scriptures like that in mind I continued to pray, “Lord, I pray that you will give that warlock every opportunity to turn to you, but if he refuses, I ask in Jesus’ name, that you will remove him from his place of influence in this city.” I prayed that daily for weeks even months. One morning a year after I began praying that prayer our clock radio came on in the morning and the first statement I heard was that ****(the warlock) had died.
You can be sure I kept a close eye on the media in the months following. There was an obvious change and Christian programs began to be heard on the radio and Christian articles printed in the newspapers. I take no credit for that because I’m sure there were many Christians praying the same thing.
How many times are we told to fear not? We are assured the Lord is always with us and his power is available to us. Thank you, Lord, for giving us such an incredible demonstration of your awesome power for us who believe.