Gripped by Fear
I was with someone the other day who I’ll call Kathy. We had spent the day together and while we were talking that evening, her countenance changed in an instant! She was distraught with sadness, fear and confusion. She said she saw the ambiance of the room we were in completely change. “A large dark shadow surrounded and overcame us” and it filled her with fear. I saw nothing but was certain she was under attack by the Enemy of her soul. She complained of sharp pain in her stomach, began shaking and crying and was instantly nauseated. We went into a bathroom where she sat by the commode, burped constantly into it and expecting to vomit at any moment. I told her that I thought it was Satan who was doing this to her, and she agreed. She went on to say that she knew it was him because “he has done this before” to her. She told me that whenever she wants to “do something important or kind to someone, Satan comes to me” and provokes her to do just the opposite!
I have been a strong advocate for understanding spiritual warfare for many years! I learned a long time ago, while working in a trauma unit in Lexington, KY, that Satan is alive and well and presents himself in cunning and crafty ways. I’ve made a habit of declaring the name of Jesus aloud every time I have been under attack. As a missionary, I often sensed spiritual attacks and, in an audible voice, would rebuke Satan in Jesus’ name and recite the armor of God (Eph 6:1-10). During those years I grew strong in Him and His Mighty Power and was able to overcome evil attacks by the devil on various occasions.
We’re not Alone in the Battle
Recently I learned from God’s Word that we don’t have to completely depend upon ourselves to rebuke Satan and his evil minions. There are verses in the Bible about this that I often wondered about, but never paid much attention to. Zechariah 3:2 refers to the Lord being the One who rebukes Satan: “The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!”. Jude 9-10 says, “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”.
So, I’ve come to believe that I don’t have to fight this battle against the Evil One alone! The Lord defends me and has anointed the Archangel Michael to fight these battles! Psalm 91:11 says “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;”. I had forgotten how many scriptures there are concerning angels!* So God uses his angels to guard and protect us; something I had never considered before becoming Catholic.
I never thought of seeking the help of an angel, much less an archangel, for anything in my life! I had preferred to not try to figure them out, even though they are in the Bible. They always seemed unrealistic and fairy-like to me. Since becoming Catholic, however, and experiencing results of the Archangel Michael’s victory in my own life, I am convinced of the authority he has from Jesus Christ to defeat the Enemy of our soul! I have called upon the Archangel Michael every day for almost a year now to fight my battles for me, and he does! He defends me in every battle I encounter whether it’s a spiritual, emotional or physical battle, and he always wins!
So, while Kathy was shaking and crying in pain, expecting to vomit any moment into the commode, I knew I could call on the Archangel Michael to fight this spiritual battle for her. I knew it was a spiritual one and that she would be fine and wasn’t going to vomit. She was too weak and upset to believe she was going to be ok. It broke my heart. I knew what I needed to do. She isn’t Catholic and I wasn’t sure if she would understand the prayer I was about to pray, but it was essential that she be free of this torment.
I was certain that the Archangel Michael would come to her rescue and the result would be victory. I have my own proof that he fights my battles and I was sure he would for her too. Victory was soon to be hers!
I called upon the Archangel Michael to fight the oppressive spirit that had overcome Kathy by the power and authority he has been given by God as an archangel. Within a minute she calmed down, began taking deep refreshing breaths, stopped burping, no longer felt abdominal pain, relaxed, looked at me and smiled. And what a sweet smile it was! The battle was over. I was then able to explain to her that St. Michael is someone we can depend on to fight our many spiritual battles!
Hebrews 1:14 declares: “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”. I am so glad that we can depend on the angels of God to serve us!
I reminded her that when we sense the presence of evil in our lives, we can immediately call upon St. Michael to defend us no matter what the battle! May we always have confidence to trust God for St. Michael’s warrior position in our lives!
The following is the prayer that I used that day with Kathy. It is scripture from the Bible put into prayer form.
“St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle (Ephesians 6:11)
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil (Ephesians 6:12).
May God rebuke him (Jude 1:9), we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince (Daniel 10:21 and 12:1) of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God (Jude 1:9-10),
thrust into hell Satan (Revelation 12:7-8),
and all the evil spirits (Revelation 12:7-8),
who prowl about the world (1 Peter 5:8)
seeking the ruin of souls. (1 Peter 5:8)
My husband Gary loves to cross stitch. He is currently cross stitching the picture above of the Archangel Michael for me. Notice how St. Michael has defeated Satan. I cannot explain the peace and gratitude I have to God for helping me find this prayer to help me in those times of need!
*There are 96 references to angels in the Bible.