By David M Kijula
There are many hindrances to prayer but one of the most overlooked is demonic / satanic hindrances. Many times people will continue to pray or try to get prayed for over and over and not receive the answer to their prayer. This is also a hindrance to your growing as a Christian. It is also why many churches and ministries never grow or be more than they are.
In the previous article I’ve written, ” Believe and Faith, Two Different Words “, I listed some hindrances to prayer, not all, just some. They were unforgiveness, not praying the will of God, prayers to satisfy your lust, sin and disobedience, strife in marriages, and not understanding the difference between believe and faith.
Demonic oppression is another hindrance to your prayers and faith. We get this example from the book of Daniel:
1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Daniel was fasting and praying for three weeks and at the end of the three weeks he had a vision.
12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Here we see Daniel, fasting and praying for 21 days. In this vision Daniel was told that God heard his words on the first day, yet the answer didn’t come until after 21 days. The angel was sent, but he was delayed by the prince of the kingdom of Persia, a demonic principality. What would have happened if Daniel stopped seeking God before the 21 days? Many people give up to soon on their answer to prayer. You have to be willing to continue for as long as it takes. You haven’t failed or lost until YOU give up. What would have happened to Job if he gave up, or listened to what his wife said, “ curse God and die. Job refused to blame God and he was blessed with healing and restored with double of what he had before the trouble came his way.
8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die .
Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:16-17 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
17 So Job died, being old and full of days.
Hindrances and attacks will come our way, but we must persevere until the end.
Heb 10:35-36 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
There was a time in the mid 1980’s when I was very busy with ministry. I was working a full time job from 11pm to 7am and leading prayer meetings Mon. thru Fri. from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and doing the Thur. evening church service after the prayer meeting. I was also helping or supporting several other ministries at that time and it didn’t leave me much time for getting some sleep, Somewhere between less than 3 hours to 4 hours a day. As a result of this I became run down physically and had these cold symptoms come on me that eventually seemed like flu symptoms. At this time in my faith walk with God, if a cold or flu symptom came on me I would pray for healing for myself and usually the symptoms would be gone within an hour at the most, occasionally it may have lasted a day.
But at this time of being so busy and run down my prayers were not working the way I expected. These flu symptoms continued for over a month and now I was really feeling run down. So after all this time being busy and feeling ill and wondering why my prayers were not working I began to think I must have sinned or did something wrong for God not to answer my prayer. As I laid in bed one night and prayed, I asked the Lord why was my prayer for healing not being answered. After all, wasn’t I very busy serving God? Lord, did I commit some sin. I began repenting, asking God for forgiveness from this unknown sin. At the end of my prayer I said,
“ Lord, why is this happening”. As soon as I asked this question I heard the Lord speak to me on the inside. He said, “ It’s not sickness or sin, but witchcraft. Pray against witchcraft “ . So I prayed a simple prayer against the attacks of witchcraft against me, I thanked the Lord for my healing and deliverance and protection against witchcraft and
went to sleep. When I woke in the morning I was perfectly healed and felt great. I continued with my busy schedule unhindered. That was a demonic oppression sent to stop me from serving God.
There are times you are praying and if your being hindered you will have to get a spiritual revelation of the problem or cause and God will show you what to do. Only trust Him and believe.
God Loves You
If you haven’t made Jesus Christ your Lord and savior I would like to encourage you to do so. ( Romans 10:13 ) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Pray this prayer God in heaven, I believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and that he died for my sin and was raised on the third day. I repent of my sins and receive Jesus as my Lord and savior. Lord Jesus come into my heart and make me a child of God. Thank You Lord. Amen.
Note: All scripture references are from the King James Bible