When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” (Luke 10:17).
We learn in Isaiah 58 that God loves it when our fasting helps people break free from bondage. “This is the kind of fasting I want,” God explains. “Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.” Jesus sent out the seventy two with instructions to heal people suffering from diseases and demons. “Look,” He told them, “I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.” (Luke 10:19 NLT). But I wonder. Does Jesus still give us that same kind of authority? Read what happened when my friend Kris found herself way out of her comfort zone with nothing to depend on but the name of Jesus.
GUEST BLOG: By Kris McBride
When I went to Haiti on a missions trip, I knew prayer would play a crucial role in seeing God work. I asked God for unity for our team, for His mighty power, and for protection. But I could never have imagined how He would answer those prayers.
One day we went into a village. Our group of five had stopped to pray for one of the villagers, when a woman rushed over to us with an urgent message. Our Haitian interpreter told our team to quickly follow him, for we had important business to attend to.
We arrived at a nearby home and saw a man stumbling around the courtyard with a blood soaked bandage around his head. Our interpreter placed a chair on the porch and motioned for the man to sit down. The man’s eyes were cloudy and his movements jerky. He couldn’t keep his arms and legs still. As he told his story, our team silently prayed.
The man explained that the local witch doctor had put a curse on him. Since then, he seemed to be tortured by some kind of evil spirit. Our interpreter instructed us to begin praying. All we knew to do was to pray Scriptures affirming the power of the name of Jesus. We claimed His authority over all things.
After praying for ten or fifteen minutes, we commanded the spirit to leave the man in the name of Jesus Christ. Suddenly, he was thrown out of his chair and hit the door! After he sat up, he started repeating these words: “Victory in Jesus. Victory in Jesus!”
We were in awe, sensing the power and presence of God. As I looked into the man’s eyes I noticed they were no longer cloudy. He was able to sit calmly without jerking his legs and arms. Everyone broke into singing and praising God. His family was in tears and gave thanks to God. The man couldn’t stop praising the name of Jesus. None of us had ever experienced anything like it before! We were humbled that God allowed us to witness His great power and authority in healing this man from his affliction.