Praise Reports

from Prisons
May/Jun 2003

Freeing a Prisoner

We want to share exciting news coming from a member of our CHM Board who has just visited her brother who is in prison. She shared with him what she has learned about healing and deliverance and he was open to asking her to pray with him. Apparently, a lot happened and he has written to her twice since then and here are some excerpts from his enthusiastic letters:

"I'm doing great after visiting with you yesterday. Thank you for praying with me; some interesting things happened ... the praying had an immediate impact ... I feel like I've been released from something I did not realize was there. I almost felt giddy all afternoon. Then this morning I was praying again for guidance ... and what must be my spirit began praying in tongues! I couldn't believe it. As I continued praying I would get to a certain point where it would abruptly stop and then it would take over for a while ... I would just continue on like the prayer was scripted. It felt so right and natural at the time . ... I don't know what it all means, but I feel different . ... I would like the reading material on what your group is doing . ... "

From Letter #2

"I am reading the books you sent me. The first book is Deliuerance from Euil Spirits. Fantastic! I have read 200 pages in two days. I now understand a lot better the prayers you said for me when you visited. I also better understand the roots of being oppressed by evil spirits and how to rid myself of them . ... I have completed a per­sonal house cleaning. I feel rejuvenated after asking for forgiveness for every sin I can possibly remember. I have always felt that I did the things that I did not want to do and was at a total loss to explain my behavior. It gives you a sense that at some level you are insane, but now I know where all this was coming from, and I am relieved of my past in the name of Jesus Christ."

This is all very reminiscent of Paul's lament in Romans 7 that he doesn't under­stand his own behavior but does the very things he hates. And then he cries out to Jesus Christ to rescue him. This whole wonderful freeing process is still going on 2000 years later!

-Francis MacNutt

From an inmate at Baker Correctional Institute:

I am an inmate at Baker C.I. and I found a copy of your newsletter and what a blessing it was to me-a prayer come true. I 9m an ex-homosexual and have been saved by his grace. I fight with Satan everyday and God has been there for me. I want to stay free and be a witness for Christ. Satan isn't going to win over me-I read my Bible everyday and am in a Bible study. ... God shows me, he really loves me.

From a State Prison Chaplaincy Sevices Department:

I want to share a Spiritual Healing/Binding story with you that I was a part of this week.

On Monday, a Psychological Specialist who works here at the prison with coun­seling and developing treatment plans for inmates came to see me at the request of a co-worker. She stated that she might have to quit her job here because of the continu­ing terrible headaches that she has every time that she enters the prison. She said she really likes her job but the pain in her head was so bad that she couldn't even run a brush through her hair. She also mentioned she was afraid the Lord was punishing her for some unconfessed sin but as far as she knew, she didn't have any. She ac­cepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord many years ago and tries to keep Him in the driver's seat of the car of her life!

I shared with her that the Holy Spirit was telling me that this was a spiritual attack from Satan (not unconfessed sin) and that we needed to pray for healing of the physical illness that was manifesting itself in the form of debilitating headaches and pain. We had a blessed prayer time as I prayed to bind up those evil spirits from returning as well as praying for her physical healing.

She left the Chapel encouraged but still not sure what would happen the next day when she came back to work. I talked to her today and praise God, she came into the institution with no headaches and the evil, awful smell was replace with the smell of sweet roses (that no one else could smell)!

I am so thankful that the Lord led me to CHM so that I might learn and grow as I watch the Lord answer healing prayer!

Listen, Love and Pray!
Chaplain B.

Incarcerated since 1993:

I was 28 years old when my prison term began .... I received the gift of the Holy Spirit when I was 33 years old (with the evidence of speaking in tongues). What a difference it has made in my life.

I received The sword of the Spirit-the Word of God. Thank you so much . ... I know it will make a difference in my life and so many many other lives, too, that I will be praying for. I praise God even now for his goodness and for his wonderful works in Jesus' Name.

My incarceration has brought a genuine faith and confidence in God through Christ Jesus with the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. I'm expecting God to miraculously deliver me. Amen.

God bless you all continually in every way. We love you, God loves you, and we love each other.

In Christ,
Brother J.

May/Jun 2003 Issue