One of the most powerful spiritual tools that God has given, but grossly neglected by Christians is the midnight prayer. Midnight prayer (or vigil) is the prayer done through the night. From the bible and through ages, the prayers done around midnight have always brought tremendous and unprecedented results. As a Christian, it is imperative that you live a life of vigil. There are levels you can never attain in the spirit without mastering the act of praying in the midnight. There are levels of revelations that you cannot get without prolonged midnight prayers. And there are also satanic strongholds, entities, thrones and chains that you may never be able to dismantle unless through prolonged midnight battles.
The aim of this book is to awaken the church (Christians) to this great spiritual weapon made available to us by God. I believe (and by experience too) that any Christian that masters the act of praying in the midnight will ultimately control what happens in the day.
Why pray in the midnight? Midnight (or hours between 11.00pm and 3.00am) is known to be the most spiritual active period of the day. You will notice that dreams, revelations, attacks, visitations from the spirit world (both by angels and demonic powers) often come by this period, especially when you are sleeping. And the reason is simple. Human beings are easily overwhelmed, influenced or controlled while asleep. Naturally, the body is always weak at this time, and this makes it susceptible to any spiritual manipulation.
But, for one to be protected and powerful in the spirit world, the person's human spirit must be guided and lead by a higher Spirit; which in the case of a Christian is the Holy Spirit. Let's not go farther with this explanation. All I want to say is that midnight is always a period of intense spiritual activities both by the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan.
If you must control the activities around you and dismantle satanic ordinances against your life, then you must learn to wake up in the midnight to fight against the powers of darkness. For example, look at the activities of the witches and wizards. These are agents of darkness possessed by the spirit of witchcraft. This spirit is known to be a very wicked spirit in the kingdom of darkness. It revels in causing harm and sometimes total destruction of human beings. The witches don't have the word mercy in their dictionary. That is why a person; even a relation that is possessed with this wicked spirit can go ahead and destroy the closest person to them. And, this set of agents of darkness mainly operates in the midnight.
Their mode of operation is usually to shoot their evil arrows (attacks) while their victim is asleep. And by the time the person wakes up, he/she will see everything going wrong. They can attack businesses, ministries, churches, marriages and relationships, health, etc. Sometimes, destinies of the victims are taken to their Covens (where they meet) and tied. Or the victim is killed out rightly. God knew how terrible these wicked agents of Satan are, consequently, He commanded Israel not to allow them (witches) to stay alive. We will comment more on this in a later chapter.
Now, our interest here is that for you to battle and win these agents of darkness that mostly operate in the midnight, you must also be awake at the same time to pray. You must wake up to render their evil arrows, enchantments, curses and incantations against you ineffective. And not just that, you can also at the same time cause serious and perpetual havoc to them. All these can only be possible through powerful and sustained midnight prayers.
Not just the witches, we are also aware that the most dangerous satanic sacrifices and ordinances are usually done in the middle of the night. If God opens our eyes to see what goes on in our society or even around us in the night, we will be shocked. So many people you see looking innocent, honourable and decent in the day get involve in some satanic and devilish activities in the night. This does not stop them from coming to church, belonging to other religious groups, donating money to the religious bodies and charity organisations. Some of these people are actually what I would like to call ‘Moving Satanic Altars'. How can the Christian or the church battle against all these? It's only by engaging in very dynamic, prolonged prayers; especially in the middle of the night.
Now, the bible does not keep us ignorant of the activities that go on in the night hours. Job said,
"Do not long for the cover of night; for that is when people will be destroyed [people are cut off in their place]"
The Psalmist calls it "the terrors of the night" (Psalms 91:5). Then Jesus said that night is the time when the enemy comes to sow tares (Matthew 13:25). You may not believe it, most of the problems we're going through today, were first shot into our life by demonic forces while we were sleeping. And do you know that almost everything about this life is decided in the spirit realm before they manifest in the physical? This explains why some of us will always see things (blessings or problems) in our dreams or visions before we receive them physically. Does it happen to you? The same is with satanic arrows. They are first shot in the spirit realm before they manifest physically.
Nothing happens just like that. There is always a cause in the spirit realm, then the effect in the physical. We must wake up and begin to control our midnights through prayers. This is where we have the battlefield. And our exploits here will determine how great, powerful, prosperous and healthy we will become in the daytime.
Please, we'll go into the examples of great men and women (including Jesus) in the bible; who won their midnight battles and consequently controlled the day.
I was encouraged the more to put this work together by the responses I received after publishing this message in parts in my newspaper columns with the Guardian Newspapers of Nigeria and the others. I got responses as far as Canada, United States, Europe, and of course, Nigeria. A renowned Canadian writer who read the article on the internet was so thrilled that she sent me a feedback commending the message, and also confessing that it is at this same time of the night that she receives attacks from satanic agents. She said she agreed with all I said in the write-up.
Yes, spiritual principles are universal. The mode and methods of operation could vary from place to place, but the principles are basically the same. It is still that old Satan and his mischievous dark host. We know that the battle is between the kingdom of God and that of Satan. The battlefield is man. The struggle is about who will control the activities and destiny of man.
Whereas God wants to control man for good, the devil and his agents detest man. They hate and envy him; because they know what God has in stock for him. They know the place of man in God's programme. They are aware of the wonderful and blissful destiny that God is preparing for man, so they battle day and night to see how that plan could be derailed. Remember, they (Satan and rulers of darkness) are fallen angels. They have been with God before they were thrown down to the earth because of their disobedience. So, what we are highlighting here is that midnight is the main arena for this great battle of the kingdoms. Jesus puts it this way,
"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness." John 10:10.
And you know that the thief will always want to come in the night, when he will not be seen or challenged. So also is our enemy - Satan. Now, let's get into the main business. And that is to look at the examples of great men and women in the bible who fought and won the greatest battles of their life in the midnight. Let's start with our great master and perfect example Jesus Christ.
He fought and won all His battles while on earth. When He was about to start His earthly ministry, He went into the wilderness to fast for forty days and forty nights. When His critics confronted Him, He used the word of God and word of the prophets. To convert the unbelievers, He did miracles, signs and wonders. Then, to displace the demons, He rebuked and cast them out. But when He eventually came to the point of His ultimate sacrifice for mankind, He again went into midnight battles. And that is what I call the 'Battle of Gethsemane'.
The Battle of Gethsemane
The battle to save man was fought and won by Jesus in the midnight at the olive grove called Gethsemane. At that point, the reality and weight of what He came to achieve came heavily upon Him. And He had a choice to make - whether to continue with the project or to back out. But He chose to stay awake and slug it out with Satan, sin and self. It was a night that ushered Him into the last 12 hours of His life. It was indeed very crucial to the whole salvation idea. I believe the main battle to save man was actually fought and won here at the ‘Gethsemane front'. What later happened at the cross was just the consummation of the process. Let's go through the account in Matthew 26:34-46
“Peter', Jesus replied, 'the truth is this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times'. No! Peter insisted, 'Not even if I have to die with you! I will never deny you!' And all the other disciples vowed the same. Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, 'Sit here while I go on ahead to pray.' He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. He told them 'my soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.'
"He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, 'my father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.' Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, 'couldn't you stay awake and watch with me even one hour? Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!' Again he left them and prayed, 'my father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done.' He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn't keep their eyes open. So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, 'Still sleeping? Still resting? Look, the time has come. I, the son of man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let's be going. See, my betrayer is here!"
I had to run the whole story so that you can understand what I am saying. It was a night when Jesus took His closest followers to an olive grove to do the midnight battle. It was indeed a tough one. He had to decide whether to continue the salvation plan or drop it. What He was to go through between Gethsemane and the Easter Sunday came stirring in His face. He was going to pass through a horrifying experience - the Jews antagonism, the disciples' betrayal, denial and abandonment. He was going to take in the 39 strokes of cane, the crown of thorns, the spear piercing his side, mockery, the sharp nails and ultimately, the grave.
The reality of all these came upon Him and He decided to stay awake and battle through the night. He knew that it was going to be a midnight show, and immediately He was through, He quickly told His disciples, "Up, let's be going." He knew he had won the battle in the spirit, and as a result, was fully prepared to face the physical challenges. This is exactly what happens to a midnight prayer warrior. He/she is always fearless and ready to face any situation in the daytime. You will always be bold and confident that every circumstance will ultimately work in your favour.
To understand this message better, I suggest you watch the film (that is, if you have not) ‘The passion of The Christ' by Mel Gibson. There, you will graphically see what transpired between Jesus and the devil at Gethsemane. Satan almost prevailed on Jesus to drop the idea of going to the cross. But Jesus resisted him and consequently won the battle that night. The battle is indeed at the midnight. Start today.
Now, let's see the role midnight played in the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt. Because of Pharaoh's obstinacy in releasing the children of God to proceed to the Promised Land, God decided to visit that land with different plagues. Moses and Aaron performed signs and wonders, released plagues upon the land of Egypt, but still, Pharaoh refused to let them go. There were plagues of frogs, turning Nile into blood, flies, lice, cattle murrain, boils, hail, locust, and darkness. But all these could not change Pharaoh's heart. Rather he arrogantly asked Aaron, "Who is that your God that I will obey him. I will not listen to that your God and I also will not let Israel go. And mind you, I don't want to see you people (Moses and Aaron) in my palace again. The day you come here again, I will kill you. Is that understood Moses?" And Moses said, ‘Very well. I will never see you again.” And they left.
Now God told Moses that He was going to send just one more disaster on Pharaoh and the land of Egypt and after that, Pharaoh will be begging the children of Israel to leave Egypt. God told Moses that He was going to institute an ordinance called Passover for their sake. And it will be done in the night. He said that after they would have performed the ordinance, He (God) would pass through the land of Egypt killing every firstborn son of man and beast, while executing judgment against all their gods. And that is exactly what God will do for you at midnight. He will judge your enemies and their gods. He is ready to institute a new ‘ordinance’ for your sake, if the need arises. Yes, powerful and deliverance ordinances are best set at midnight altars!
Now my interest here is that God brought out his last joker for Pharaoh, to make him allow Israel out of Egypt, and that He also chose to do it in the midnight. He told them specifically to perform the sacrifice in the night and also to be ready to leave that country that same night. And truly, He came at midnight.
"And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died."
Yes, God struck the pride and strength of Egypt - their first sons in the midnight. You can imagine the commotion throughout the land that night. Both men and beasts wailing! Our God is indeed powerful!
Please before we continue with what happened at that night of Passover, there is something I would want us to note here. The plague of killing the firstborn of Egypt unlike others was extraordinary and strange to the Egyptians. They had somehow seen these other nine that came earlier, but the last one (death of all the firstborn) was not known to them before this time.
To the Egyptians, plagues are not unusual. They are part of their local colour. The water of the Nile turning into blood and the frogs coming to cover the land were not totally strange. Flies, lice, cattle murrain and boils, hail, locusts and darkness were not new. These things, which the bible described, are still being experienced by the Egyptians. For example, the 'Red Nile '. Deposits from the Abyssinian Lake often colour the floodwaters with dark reddish-brown, especially in the upper Nile. That might well be said to look like 'blood'.
At the time of the floods, frogs and also flies sometimes multiply so rapidly that they become regular plagues on the land. Under the heading of lice would come undoubtedly the dog fly. These often attack whole areas in swarms, affect eyes, nose and ears, and can be very painful. Then, Cattle pest is known all over the world. The boils which attack human beings as well as animals may be the so-called ‘Nile heart' or 'Nile-itch'.
This is an irritating and stinging rash, which often develops into spreading ulcers. This horrible skin disease is also used as a threat for punishment by Moses in the course of the Journey through the desert. The same could be said about hail storms and darkness. Only the death of the firstborn is a plague for which there is no parallel. It was designed to be the last straw that will break the Carmel's back. And Pharaoh, as expected, immediately caved in.
Now back to the Passover night. God told the Israelites that what they were doing that night was going to be an ordinance for the rest of their life. They should observe it every year, and also pass same to their children. That is exactly the way I see midnight prayers. Decrees made while praying at this period are always very strong and they often bring great results.
Most times, they bring about generational breakthrough and blessings; which will out-live you. And we must also ensure that we pass this same practice to our subsequent generations. Then, as we have noted earlier, it is also in the midnight that most of the satanic ordinances are set against us, against our families, towns, churches, etc. So, when we pray in the midnight, we destroy such satanic ordinances and set up fresh and favourable ones that will begin to speak for us all the rest of our life.
The Passover midnight broke the chains of bondage off the Israelites. It smote their enemies with their gods and also gave them great wealth. In fact, the bible said, "So like a victorious army, they plundered the Egyptians!" This is exactly what happens to you when you engage in midnight prayers. Start today and you will see mighty deliverance coming your way.
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