God's heart is not only for those who passionately serve Him. He is just as passionate about those who are lost. Sometimes we forget that when we are under attack.
I did when the Lord told me recently to "Pray for the witch!"
In a dream recently the Lord not only told me, but He also 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.org, launched by my friend Kim Potter and I, we have been praying for God to raise up at least 10 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!
Yet as this group of committed intercessors has grown, so has the warfare. Over the last few months, Potter and I have both experienced very bizarre attacks against us physically, financially and emotionally. And they just keep coming.
Sound familiar? No doubt! For many are under such attack as witchcraft has been unleashed against us.
As the attacks continued, a few weeks ago we sent out an alert so others could pray for us. A prayer partner approached to say they believed the attacks were witchcraft. We agreed. They had all the signs, and so we began to pray accordingly.
We prayed to bind, uproot and stop the curses. But I had to admit, 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, an intercessor and 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 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 part of the woman's past. I saw her as a child dressed in overly modest, outdated and strange clothing that would have made her an outcast.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 homemade 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." The witch was a woman wounded in spirit who had turned to witchcraft to gain influence and recognition.
Standing in front of her as I continued to pray, she again insisted 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.
But as I continued to pray, she became enraged. She may not have known what was going on, but the demon sure did.
Prior to this insightful dream, although I had prayed regarding the attacks and the witchcraft against my friend and me, I had not prayed for those leveling it against us. From this dream, it was clear that the Holy Spirit was revealing how He saw this woman.
He saw her as a wounded lamb that needed rescue.
Note: Not all practicing witchcraft are as this woman. She represented the many who are deceived. They are using "prayers" and curses unwittingly in their determination to manipulate, control and gain access over others. Yet there are just as many who practice witchcraft knowingly and with intention, those who have dedicated their hearts and minds to Satan. Two different groups entirely.
As witchcraft against the saints is on the rise, may we remember that He will leave the 99 to rescue the one. The dream was to let me know we are to pray for the witch, for some can 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.
Witchcraft and spiritual battles have increased exponentially to weary the saints. It is intended to stop our prayers and make us focus on the attack against us. Its intent is to force us to take our hands off the wheel in other areas of prayer.
While we need to be wise and bind the spirit of witchcraft, we need to also pray for those who have been deceived and are being used as instruments of darkness. Many don't realize it. It was clear this woman thought she was doing good. She didn't realize she was deceived and used. She was on the wrong side.
Let us remember 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, who are caught up in deception but whose hearts can still be reached.
May we use wisdom, and may we not find ourselves doing the same.
Karen Hardin is a literary agent and writer. She is the author of Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity. Her work has been published in USA Today, World Net Daily, Intercessors for America, Charisma, CBN.com and more. She is also the co-founder of the City-by-City prayer movement. For additional information go to: prioritypr.org or karenhardin.com.
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