On that Sunday, I attended church from 10 AM to noon. Afterward, a married couple approached me before I left.
“Larry, we’d like to pray for you,” said the wife.
“When?” I replied.
“Is right now, okay?”
“No, I have to take my daughter out to lunch.”
“Can we do it later?”
“Sure,” I said.
We agreed on a time later that afternoon.
During lunch with my daughter, I gave no thought as to why the couple wanted to pray for me. They were close friends. Plus, this happened often at our small church because many of us had strong prophetic gifts.
At 2 PM, I walked into the apartment attached to the church. The couple stood there waiting for me, along with the church’s pastor, her husband, and another couple.
What have I done now? I thought. Oh well! I guess they’ll tell me.
“Do you remember Ellen?” said the wife.
“Yes, the intercessor who prays five hours each day.”
“Well,” said the wife, “one of the prophetic words you spoke to her was wrong.”
“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll apologize to her.”
“No, that’s okay because your mistake caused her to spend hours in prayer for you. She found some problems with you.”
With those words, I was thrown across the room. Everyone instantly began praying in tongues. The wife and her husband began commanding the demon to let loose of me. After landing, I rolled back and forth across the room, out of control.
What was going through my mind during all of this?
Wow! I thought. I hope someone has enough power to get rid of this monster!
Then, just like that, it was over. I stood up and hugged everyone.
“Do you feel better?” asked the wife.
“I don’t know. Maybe,” I replied.
Over the following days, I noticed a big difference in me which probably wasn’t obvious to others. I felt freer in my spirit than ever before.
I eventually felt the Lord showed me it was a religious spirit which had puppet-like strings attached to my soul (mind, will, and emotions). The demon then could pull on these at certain times, causing problems. The strings were so tightly woven into my personality that I could not see them.
Here’s my take: Hang around believers who pray, hear God’s voice, and have some power and anointing. In spiritual warfare, you need strong friends.
(Continued in Part 13)