Yesterday I was reading Derek Prince’s book “Secrets of a Prayer Warrior”. When I got to a certain passage I almost fell out of my bed. He was describing something that happened to me once in 2016, and then occurred again this year after my first deliverance. Only now after reading his book do I understand what happened to me on both these occasions.
Let me first quote the passage that totally blew me away last night and the verse that Derek Prince uses as his foundation:
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8: 26-27
“The Bible says we should pray always, pray without ceasing (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18). Can any of us in our own strength and understanding pray always and without ceasing? Absolutely not. But when we let the Holy spirit in and turn it over to Him, He conducts a prayer meeting 24 hours a day.
You can pray in your sleep, you know. This is fact. Many people have been heard to speak in tongues hours on end while lying in sleep. In the Song of Solomon the bride says, “I sleep, but my heart is awake” (Song of Solomon 5:2). That is one of the beauties of the Bride of Christ: Her heart stays awake praying in the Spirit while her mind and her body are getting refreshing sleep. You can spend hours in prayer on the level of God’s revealed will. It is letting the Holy Spirit help our infirmities; He can take over and pray the way God wants us to pray.”
Derek Prince, Secrets of a Prayer Warrior
Isn’t that just absolutely amazing? I rejoiced so much whilst reading this. This was my experience; I was fully aware of the Holy Spirit inside of me, interceding on my behalf. Here is an excerpt from my blogpost which describes what I experienced post-deliverance.
“After my deliverance process started two Sundays ago, I tried to lie down in the afternoon to take a nap. Although I was exhausted, I couldn’t sleep. As soon as I closed my eyes, I would hear a voice praying in tongues. The words and the sounds were the same as the tongues that I usually pray in when I pray in the Spirit. I was unable to sleep because the praying was really fervent.
It was the same later that night. I was able to catch a few hours of sleep but most of the night I was woken up by that praying voice. I cannot claim full understanding, but I believe that the Holy Spirit was interceding on my behalf and I could actually hear Him.”
It was as if, after the oppression lifted off me, my spiritual senses were heightened, e.g my spiritual ears were opened.
An even more mysterious encounter though was something that happened to me in 2016, before I received the gift of tongues. I was asleep in my bed, and while sleeping I could hear a voice. It sounded like it was coming from far away and it sounded like someone praying. I focused on the voice and started becoming more and more conscious (awake). The voice got louder and louder. It became so loud that it woke me out of my sleep. When I opened my eyes, there was nothing but silence.
I told my sister about it the following day, but we both did not know what to make of it. So I never really thought more about it; until this year after the deliverance.
After this occurrence in 2016, I started receiving a lot of dreams and visions where I was either interceding in the dream, or I would wake up with a knowing that God needed me to pray about what he had just shown me in a dream. So something was definately activated by that praying voice, which I believe was the Holy Spirit awakening me.
The ways of the Lord are mysterious, His Holy Spirit inside of us is living and active.