I have such a wonderful experience to share with you guys today. 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 the afternoon and night after my first deliverance appointment. I wrote about it this post An Encouragement for Prophets and Seers . When it happened to me, I did not understand what was happening. But now thanks to Derek Prince :-), I have been given more knowledge.
Let me first quote the passage that totally blew me away last night and the verse that Derek Prince uses as his foundation:
Romans 8: 26-27
26 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[b] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 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.
Derek Prince, Secrets of a Prayer Warrior
“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.”
Isn’t that just absolutely amazing? I rejoiced so much whilst reading this passage because of my post-deliverance. For those who have not read the above mentioned blogpost, here is an excerpt:
“After my deliverance process started two Sundays ago (20.08.17) I tried to lie down in the afternoon to take a nap. Although I was exhausted I could not sleep. As soon as I closed my eyes, I would hear a voice praying and I heard the words as tongues in my mind. I recognised it as tongues because 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. But because I was so exhausted, I did not open my mouth to speak out the words that were being uttered by my Spirit. It was the same later that night. I was able to catch a few hours of sleep but most of the night I would be 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 hear Him.”
You can read more about it when you click on the link above. But like I said back then when I wrote the post, I could not claim full understanding. Now I know what was happening :-)). I believe that the Holy Spirit is interceding for all believers in their sleep, even if we cannot always hear Him.
The first time I ever heard the Holy Spirit making intercession was last year. I was asleep in my bed, and in my sleep I could hear a voice, it sounded like it was coming from a place far away, it sounded like someone praying. Back then I had not yet received the gift of tongues. As I became more conscious, I could hear the voice getting louder and louder, until I was fully awake. I opened my eyes quiet suddenly, and everything was quiet again. Of course there was no one in the room praying, I had heard the voice in my head. 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.
One thing I must mention; after this strange 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 and know that ok, I need to pray now about what God has just shown me. These are the prisoner dreams and visions that I posted when I first started the blog (see links below). The first of these visions that I received just after that night when I was woken up by the voice was the one of sleeping Christians on the fishing boats. So maybe the Spirit is also interceding for other situations that are even taking place on the other side of the world. Now that is a possibility that is mind-blowing and I hope that God will there too, give me fuller understanding. I love to pray, I can pray for hours. Maybe I have the heart of an intercessor…maybe you do too.