How satan Stops Our Prayers

How satan Stops Our Prayers. COMBAT IN THE HEAVENLY REALM
by John Mulinde, Obsteig (Austria) Nov. 2000
I want to share with you from a testimony of someone who was saved, someone who had been
serving the devil. And when that man gave his testimony, it so challenged me, I did not want to
believe it. I had to go ten days before the Lord in fasting, asking Him, “Lord, is this true?” And it
was at that time the Lord began to teach me what happens in the spiritual realm when we pray.
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 his spiritual power. And his parents began fearing him. When he was six
years, his father surrendered him to the 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. He grew up
to be a young man in his twenties with so much bloodshed on his hands. 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 off the
ground and stay in the air. And 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, this is called astro-travelling. And this guy was used by satan to destroy so 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 were so many
divisions in this church, and many confusions. And he began to work on this church. But at that
time, the pastor called a fast for the whole church. As the church began to 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 they days went by, this man was coming 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 to wage warfare against the powers of darkness that were attacking
the church.
So one day, this man leaves his body in his room and goes astro-travelling. He leads a mighty
force of demonic spirits against this church. Now this is his testimony. His spirit was moving in
the air over the church and trying to attack it, 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, but he was arrested by these angels.
Yes, arrested by the angels! He saw himself
being held by about six angels, and they
brought him through the roof right before the
church altar. There he was, and the people
were praying. They were deep in prayer in
spiritual warfare, binding and breaking and
casting out. The pastor was on the platform
leading the prayers and the warfare. The
Spirit of the Lord spoke to the pastor, “The
yoke has been broken, and the victim is there
before you. Help him through deliverance.”
As the pastor opened his eyes, he saw this
young man collapsed there. 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,
he didn’t know how he had entered in except the angel had carried him through the roof.
Now 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?” The young man was
trembling as the demons began coming out of him. So they prayed for deliverance, and
afterwards he began to share his life. This young man has now come to the Lord and is an
evangelist, preaching the Gospel. He is being used by the Lord mightily in setting other people
free by deliverance.
One night, I (John Mulinde) went to a dinner. The sole reason I went is that someone told me
about this young man, and I was so curious to see him, and see if his story was true. So I sat at
that dinner and in the evening, this man was given the 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.
There were many pastors in that room. 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 that the
enemy exploits their lives and their prayers. The enemy knows even how to
exploit their prayers of those people who don’t know how to pray. “Teach the
people how to use the spiritual armor that God provides.”
Then he shared how he lead expositions into the air. He would go with other satanic agents and
lots of demon spirits into the air. It was like a shift, you’ve got to go and work your shift. So
regularly he had a time he had to go and wage war in the heavenlies. And he said that in the
2heavenlies, in the spiritual realm, if the land is covered under the blanket of darkness, that blanket
is so thick, it is like a rock. And it covers the whole area. And these spirits are able to go on top
of this as well as below this blanket. And from that level, they influence the events on earth.
When the evil spirits and human satanic agents leave their shifts, they go down on earth at the
points of covenant, even waters or on the land at the points of covenant for refreshing of their
spirit. And how do they refresh their spirit? By the sacrifices that people give at these
altars. They could be sacrifices in open witchcraft, sacrifices in bloodshed of all types including
abortion, including warfare and human sacrifices and animal sacrifices. They could be sacrifices
of sexual immorality where people go into sexual perversions and all kinds of promiscuity. And
that act services the strength of these powers. And many are the different types of sacrifices.
He said that when satanic agents are up in the heavenly realm, and the Christians begin to pray on
earth, the prayers of the Christians appear to them in three forms. All prayers appear like smoke
that is rising up into the heavens.
Some prayers appear like smoke, and it goes drifting along and disappear in
the air. These prayers come from people who have sin in their lives and they
are not willing to deal with it. Their prayers are so weak, they are blown away
and disappear in the air.
The other type of prayer is also like smoke that rises up until it
reaches this rock, but it does not break through the rock. These are usually people
who try to purify themselves, but they lack the faith in what they are doing as they
pray. They usually ignore the other important aspects that are needed when someone
The third type of prayer is like smoke that is filled with fire. As it
rises up, it is so hot that when it reaches the rock, the rock begins to melt like
wax. It pierces the rock and goes through.
Many times, as people begin to pray, their prayers look like the first type, but
as they continue praying, their prayers change and become like the second
prayer. And as they continue praying, suddenly it ignites into fire. And their
prayers become so powerful, they pierce through the rock.
Many times evil agents would notice that prayers were changing and coming very close to the
state of fire, then these agents would communicate to other spirits on earth and they tell them,
“Distract that person from prayer. Stop them praying. Pull them out.”
Many times Christians yield to these distractions. They are pressing through, they are repenting,
they are allowing the Word to check their spirit up, Faith has been building up. Their prayers are
3becoming more focused. Then the devil sees their prayers are gaining strength and the
distractions begin. Telephones ring. Sometimes we, in the middle of very, very intense prayer,
the telephone rings and you think you can go to answer the phone and then come back and
continue praying. When you come back, you go back to the beginning. And that’s what the devil
Other kinds of distractions come your way, even if it means
touching your body and bringing some pain
somewhere. Even if it means making you hungry and you
want to go to the kitchen and fix something to eat. As long as
they can get you out of that place, they have defeated
you. And he will say to the pastors, “Teach people. Set aside
some time. Not for just some casual kind of praying. They
can do that the rest of the day. Once in a day, they should have
a time when they are focusing wholeheartedly on God, nothing
distracting them.
And if people persist in this kind of prayer and allow themselves to be inspired in the spirit and
keep going and keep going, something happens in the spirit. The fire touches that rock, and it
melts. And this man said, when the melting begins, it is so hot, no demon spirit can stand it. No
human spirit can stand it. They all flee. They all run away.
There comes an opening in the spiritual realm. And as soon
as this comes, all this trouble in prayer stops. The person
who is praying on the ground just feels like prayer is
suddenly so smooth, so enjoyable, so powerful and
intense. And I’ve discovered at that moment, we normally
lose conscience of time and other things. Not that we
become disorderly. God takes care of our time. But it is
like you lay down everything, and you hook up with God. And this man said that when the
prayers go through, from that moment there can be no resistance at all, and the person praying will
continue as long as he wants. There is no resistance that can stop him.
And then he said, after he finishes praying, the hole remains open, and he said that people, when
they rise out of their place of prayer, and they walk out, this open hole moves along with
them. They are no longer operating under the blanket. They are operating under open
heavens. And he said in that state, the devil cannot do what he wants against them. And the
presence of the Lord is like a pillar from heaven resting on their lives. They are protected, and
there is so much power inside that pillar that as they move around, that presence touches other
people. It discerns what the enemy has done in other people. And as they talk to people and
those people are standing with them, they come inside this pillar. And as long as they stay inside
that pillar, all the bondages of the enemy weaken.
4So when these people who have this spiritual break-through share
Jesus Christ with the sinners, their resistance is low. It is so easy to
bring them through. When they pray for the sick or pray about
things, the presence which is there makes all the difference. And
this man said the devil hates such people. And it said if there are
places where prayer is regularly being prayed through like that, the
presence comes upon that place and does not leave. So even the
people who don’t know God, when they come into this place
suddenly all the bondages are weakened.
And if someone cared to just minister to them patiently and with love, they can easily be pulled
through, not by power nor by might but by the Spirit of God, who is present. And he said, if no
one bothers about these people, they come into his presence, they feel convicted, they begin to
debate whether to yield or not, but if they are not pulled through, when they walk away from this
place, bondages get stronger. And the devil tries his best not to allow them to come back into
such an environment.
You can imagine we were all seated looking at this man. He was telling us the things he used to
do and what he used to see. Then he told us what they would do to people who have broken
through in prayer. He said they marked such people; they studied such people. They dug up
everything they could find about such people. So they knew their weaknesses, and when
someone overcomes them in prayer and breaks through, they communicate with other spirits and
say, “Target him with this and with this and with this. These are his weaknesses.” So when this
person walks out of the prayer closet, the spirit of prayer is upon him, the presence is upon him,
his spirits are high, the joy of the Lord is his strength. As he moves the enemy tries to bring those
things that can distract him from focusing on the Lord.
If his weakness is in the area of temper, then the enemy is going to cause people to do things which
can make him really angry. And if he is not sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and he allows himself to
go into the temper, he takes his eyes off the Lord. He gets angry, he feels so furious, and after a
few minutes later, he wants to put that behind him and move along in the joy of the Lord, but he
doesn’t feel it anymore. He tries to feel good again; he doesn’t feel any good again. Why? As he
yielded to the temptation, they worked hard to close the door upstairs. And once they restore the
rock, the presence is cut off. The person does not cease being a child of God. But that extra
anointing that goes on his life, that presence that could do things without his manipulating
anything, it’s just cut off. They seek out where the weaknesses are.
If it is in the temptation to sexuality, the enemy will prepare people, events, something that will
suddenly draw out that passion to go towards that temptation. And if that man yields to this
temptation and opens up his mind to receive these thoughts, entertains them, when he is through
with everything and wants to move again in the anointing, he just discovers it is no longer
there. Maybe you say, “That’s not fair.” Just remember what the Bible says, “Put on the helmet of
salvation. Put on the breastplate of righteousness.” We normally do not see the position, the place
5of these weapons of warfare. But remember what Jesus told us to pray towards the end of the
Lord’s prayer, “Take us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Every time you have a breakthrough in prayer, as you come to the end, remember you are still a
weak human being. Remember you have not yet been perfected. Ask the Lord, say “Lord, I’ve
enjoyed this time of prayer, but when I walk out into this world, lead me not into
temptation. Don’t allow me to walk into the devil’s trap. I know the enemy is setting a trap out
there. I don’t know what form it is going to take. And I know I am still weak in certain areas. If
I am just put in the right place, I will yield to that. Protect me, Lord. When you see me turning
that corner where the trap is, just cause me to turn to the other side. Intervene, O Lord. Don’t
allow me to move by just my own strength and ability. Deliver me from the evil one.”
God is able to do that. He is able. That is why sometimes things happen, all you need to say is,
“Thank you, Jesus.” That’s why Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Thessalonians and said, “Thank
God in everything for that is the will of God in Christ for you.” Some things are not good. They
are painful, and we wonder why God would allow it. But if only we knew what He is saving us
from, we would thank Him. When we learn to trust the Lord, we just thank Him in everything.
Beloved, I don’t know whether to go deeper because I do not want to start something I cannot
finish. Let me just try to take one step forward. And this man said that when prayer breaks
through like that, the answer will always come. He said he does not know a case where prayer
broke through and the answer did not come. He said the answer always came, but in most cases,
it would never get to the person who asked. Why? Battle in the heavenlies. He says as long as
they succeed in cutting off the open heavens and the rock is restored, they watch this person, they
are waiting because they know the answer is definitely coming.
And then this man spoke something that really shook my faith. It is because of the next part he
shared that I went into fasting ten days to say, Lord, is this true? Can you prove it to me? This man
said that every Christian has got an angel serving that Christian. Now we know the Bible says
angels are ministering spirits to us. He said that when people pray, the answer comes in the hands
of the angel. The angel brings the answer like we can read it in the book of Daniel. Then he said
something really tough; if the one who prays knows the spiritual armors and is clothed with them,
the answer comes by an angel who is also clothed in full armor.
If the one who prays doesn’t care about spiritual armory, their angels come without spiritual
armor. Christians who don’t care about what kind of thoughts come into their minds. They don’t
fight the battle of their minds. Their angels come without the helmet. Whatever spiritual
weapon you ignore on earth, the angel doesn’t have it as he serves you. In other words, our
spiritual armor is not protecting our physical bodies; it’s protecting our spiritual exploits.
6This man said, when the angel is coming, they would
focus and look at him and notice the areas which are not
covered, and those are the areas they would attack. If he
has no helmet, they would shoot at his head. If he has no
breastplate, they would shoot at his chest. If he has no
shoes, they would make a fire that he is walking in the
fire. Now I am just repeating what this man
said. Actually, we asked him, “Can angels feel fire?”
And you know what he said to us? Remember this is a
spiritual realm. These are spirits dealing with spirits. The battle is intensive, and when they
overpower an angel of God, the first thing they target is the answer he is carrying, and they get that
from him, that is what they give through the cults, the witchcraft, and people say, “I got this
because of witchcraft.”
Remember what the Bible says in the book of James? All good things come from God. So where
does the devil get the things he gives to his people? Some people who cannot have children, they
go to witch doctors and satanists, and they get pregnant! Who gave them that baby? Is satan a
creator? NO! He steals from those who don’t pray to the end. Jesus said, “Pray without ceasing.”
And then He said, “But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith?” Will He find you still
there waiting? Or will you have given up and the enemy would steal what you have prayed for?
Then this man said that they are not satisfied with just stealing the answer. They are also
interested in detaining the angel. And they start fighting him. And he said sometimes they
succeed in holding and binding the angel. And he says, when that happens, the Christian is a
victim on earth. They can do anything with that Christian because he is totally left without
ministry in the Spirit.
I said to him, “Do you mean an angel can be held in captivity by demonic forces?” This man did
not even know the scriptures by the time he was saying all this. He did not know very many
scriptures. He was just sharing his experiences. And he said, they wouldn’t hold the angel too
long because as other Christians prayed elsewhere, reinforcement would come, and the angels
would go free. If the Christian responsible did not pray through, he remains a captive. Then the
enemy sends his own angel as an angel of light to this person, and that is where the deceptions
come in. False visions and false prophecies. False leadership, I mean leading, guidance in the
spirit, making wrong decisions of all types. And many times this person is open to all kinds of
attack and bondages.
And I asked the Lord. I left that dinner so troubled, so troubled. I said, “Lord, I don’t want even
to try and believe this.” It removes all my confidence, my security. When I went to seek the Lord,
it was ten days, the Lord did two things. He did not only confirm the things I had heard, he
opened my mind to see a lot more that this man could not tell us of what happens in the spiritual
realm. And two, he led me to see what we are supposed to do as the things are happening so that
7we are not overcome but that we can overcome. And we need to know three things and really
come to terms with these three things.
One: how to operate with the weapons of our warfare. The Bible calls them the armor of God. It
is not our armor; it is God’s armor. When we use it, we allow God to fight on our behalf. Two:
understand the relationship of the ministering spirits-the angels-to our spiritual lives. And to be
sensitive to what is happening in our hearts as a leading to what needs to be happening in the spirit
concerning us. That brings us to the third thing: that is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not supposed to come as our servant, serving us and bringing things to us. He
does not run to and fro to the Father to tell Him what we need. That is the work of angels. But
He stands by our side. Doing what? Guiding us, teaching us, leading us, helping us to pray the
right way. And when these things are happening in the spiritual realm, He tells us, sometimes He
wakes you up in the night and says, “Pray.” You say, “No! My time is not yet come.” And He says,
“Pray now!” Why? He sees what is happening in the spirit. Sometimes He says,
“Tomorrow-fasting!” You say, “Oh, no, I’ll start on Monday!”
But He understands what is happening in the spiritual realm. We should learn to be sensitive to
the Holy Spirit. He guides us in the paths of righteousness. Beloved we’ve got to stop
here. Maybe tomorrow morning, we can talk about how we can pray through, knowing the
battles in the spirit and how we can break through. How we can maintain our breakthrough once
we have scored it. And once we learn this, it becomes enjoyable. Then we learn one thing: the
battle is not ours; the battle is of the Lord! Hallelujah!
Let’s just stand up. Look someone in the eye, and just
think about how many times that person could have missed
what God had for him. But join your hands if you can, two
or three people, and just tell each other, “There’s no need
for more defeat! We can overcome! There is enough power
to overcome! Jesus has already done the whole work.” Pray
for each other that the Lord will help us to overcome. We
should not lose. There is enough grace, enough power for victory.
Thank you, Jesus.


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