You were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light (Ephesians 5)
Did you ever hear what I call a “woo-woo” story or a story that’s “way out there?” You know, the kind of story where the author says, “This is a true story!” and you’re thinking, I don’t know if I believe this?
At the risk of sounding “woo-woo” myself, I want to relate to you a story that someone sent me after I’d written the first few fire devotionals that I started in 2004. The pastor who relates this story is from Uganda (I didn’t change his spelling or grammar or bold type) and he said he fasted 10 days just to find out from God if this story is true. I don’t know this pastor personally. I do know and trust the person who sent me this. I am compelled to share it because it inspires me even more to pray, and I hope that it will inspire you as well.
I want you to read the story today (trust me, you won’t want to stop reading this one) and I’ll hold my responses unless I hear comments from some of you. Here’s the story without any editing from me:
This man was born, after his parents dedicated themselves to Lucifer. When he was still in the womb, they made so many rituals dedicating him to serve Lucifer. When he was four years old, he began to exercise the power of the spirit. And his parents began fearing him.
When he was six years, his father surrendered him to witches, to go and be trained. And by ten years, he was doing great things in the kingdom of the devil. He was feared by the normal witches. He was still a young boy, but he was so terrible in the things he did. When he grew up to be a young man in his twenties, there were so many lives and so much bloodshed on his hands. He killed at will.
He had the ability to go out of his body through transcendental meditation, and he could levitate. Sometimes his body would lift up off the ground and stay in the air. Have you had a picture we could do such things? Sometimes he could go into a trance and come out of his body. His body would remain behind and he would go out into the world. They cal it “astral traveling”.
Abu was used by Satan to destroy many churches, to break down so many churches and to destroy so many pastors. One day he was assigned to destroy a church, that was so full of prayer. There where so many divisions in this church, and so many confusions. He began to work on this church. But at that time the pastor called a fast for the whole church and the church began fasting. During the fast there was a lot of repentance and a lot of reconciliation and the people came together and they began to pray for the work of the Lord in their midst. And they continued interceding and crying to God to have mercy and intervene in their lives. And as the days went by, this man came, again and again with demon spirits against this church.
But there was a word of prophecy that came telling the Christians to rise up and wage warfare against the powers of darkness that were attacking the church.
So one day, Abu leaves his body in his room and goes astral traveling, leading a mighty force of demonic spirits against this church.
Now this is his testimony. Abu was moving in the spirit over the church; in the air over the church. And they where trying to attack, but there was a covering of light over the church. And suddenly there was an army of angels that attacked them. And there was fighting in the air and all the demons fled. Abu was arrested, by who? The angels. And he saw himself being held by about six angels and they brought him through the roof right before the alter. And there he was – Hallelujah.
And the people where praying. They where deep in prayer, in spiritual warfare: binding and breaking and casting out. And the pastor was on the platform leading the prayers and the warfare. And the Spirit of the Lord spoke to the pastor and said, “The yoke has been broken and the victim is there before you. Help him through deliverance.” He opened his eyes and he saw this young man lying there collapsed. His body was with him – he was in his body! The young man says he doesn’t know how his body joined him; he had left it in his house. But there he was – in his body.
And he didn’t know how he had entered in, except that the angels had carried him through the roof. Some of these things are difficult to believe.
But the pastor silenced the church and told the church what the Lord had told him and asked the young man “who are you?” but the young man was trembling and the demons began coming out of him. So he prayed for deliverance and afterwards he began to share his life.
That young man (Abu) has now come to the Lord, and is now an evangelist who is preaching the gospel. He is being used by the Lord mightily in setting other people free in the ministry of deliverance.
But one night I went to dinner, and as soon as I went, someone told me about this young man and I was curious to see him. So I sat at dinner and some time in the evening, that man was given a chance to give his testimony.
He talked about so many things. Sometimes he cried, because of the things he did. As he finished, he made an appeal for two things. There where so many pastors in that meeting, and he said:
“I appeal to you, pastors, please teach the people how to pray. The people, who don’t pray, can be taken in anything – in anything – by the devil. And there are ways the enemy exploits their lives and their prayers – people who don’t know how to pray or pray only little, the enemy even knows how to exploit their prayers.”