God’s heart is not only for those who passionately serve Him. He is just as passionate about those who are lost. We know that, but sometimes forget that to be true.
You might imagine my surprise when He told me recently to, “Pray for the witch!”
In a dream this past week the Lord not only told me, He showed me I was to pray for the witch who had leveled witchcraft against me!
Mind you, I was already praying that her efforts would be bound and her words cast down, but I have to admit, I wasn’t praying for her.
As leader for the global intercessory team, city-by-city, launched by my friend Kim Potter and I, we have been praying for God to raise up at least ten people in each city who will stand and intercede to see their city and its people saved. Since it began almost a year ago, we have been joined by thousands who are faithfully praying for their city and our nation!
As this group of committed intercessors has grown, so has the warfare. Over the last few months, Kim and I have both experienced some very bizarre attacks against us physically, financially and emotionally. And they just keep coming.
Sound familiar? What I have learned is many are under such attack!
Finally, a few weeks ago we sent out an alert so others could pray for us. At that time a prayer partner approached to say they believed the attacks were witchcraft. We agreed. It had all the signs and so we began to pray accordingly.
We prayed to bind, uproot and stop the curses. But I wasn’t praying for the individual(s) behind them…until now.
One morning as I hovered in that place between awake and asleep, I had a very vivid dream. I was in a room with two other people. One was an intercessor and the other a woman who stood in the opposite corner of the room. She was about my age and was chanting against me. I began to bind her word curses.
She looked at me in surprise. “I’m not a witch,” she insisted. “This isn’t witchcraft.”
As she continued, I started to walk across the room toward her casting down her words by the blood and name of Jesus until I stood almost directly in front of her. Next, I stretched my arms out sideways, as if to catch or block her words, and continued to bind them along with her actions and activity.
As I did, suddenly the Lord began to show me a glimpse of the woman’s past.
I saw her as a child dressed in an overly modest, outdated and strange clothing that would have made her an outcast. In another scene I saw her at the swimming pool with her parents, again in a strange kind of home-made swimsuit tied up to her neck that would have made her an object of ridicule with other kids.
I had other peeks into her life where she had been attacked and humiliated because of the rigid rules under which she had been raised that had made her “different.”
She had endured abuse, and now fought on the side of what she believed were those being abused. Only her woundedness caused her to view things through the filter of her own past. The problem was, it wasn’t accurate.
The witch was an individual wounded in spirit. She had turned to witchcraft to gain influence and recognition. She believed she was protecting others.
But in reality, she was simply being used.
Standing in front of her as I continued to pray, she insisted again she was not a witch. I then understood that she honestly had no clue that she was under the control of the demonic and that her manipulation and word curses were indeed witchcraft.
As I continued to pray, she became enraged.
Prior to this insightful dream, although I had prayed regarding the attacks and the witchcraft against Kim and I, I had not thought to pray regarding those leveling it against us. From this dream, it was clear that the Holy Spirit was revealing how He saw this woman.
A wounded lamb that needed rescue and healing.
He will leave the ninety-nine to rescue the one. The dream was to remind me to pray for the witch as there are those operating in witchcraft, deceived and working against Christ and Christians, who are simply deceived. They can yet be pulled back into the light.
Prophets and intercessors have been taking a beating of late. And no wonder. We are over the target and dropping prayer bombs and information that are hitting the Enemy hard.
As a result, witchcraft and spiritual battles have increased exponentially to weary the saints.
It is intended to stop our prayers and make us focus soley on the attack against us. It tries to force us to take our hands off the wheel in other areas of prayer.
Yes, we need to be wise and bind the spirit of witchcraft. But even more let’s not forget, we need to pray for those who have been deceived and are walking as instruments of darkness, but don’t realize it.
The woman in the dream thought she was doing good. She didn’t realize she was deceived and being used.
There was one intercessor in the dream standing with me in prayer. They represented the many intercessors faithfully standing in prayer. There was just one witch, but she represented both men and women, who have been deceived and are using manipulation and witchcraft against the saints…even as they themselves believe they are standing for Christ.
Please note, I do not believe all who are practicing witchcraft are as this woman. Some know very well what they are doing and are intent on evil.
The dream was a reminder that God’s heart is for the lost. We are to pray for those who are using their words and “prayers” to manipulate and control. Those who are unwittingly caught up in deception, whose hearts can still be reached.
This calls for wisdom. Humility. Prayer. May we not find ourselves as ones who judge and do the same.