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Lord, strike Satan’s dominion with our prayers by lighting them with the fire of heaven and the power of the cross until all of the dark kingdom falls into dust. In Jesus’ name.
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Analysis. In Birmingham, England, Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, leader of March for Life UK, was arrested in early December 2022 on a charge of silently praying in front of an abortion clinic that was closed at the time; her prayer was deemed a violation of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that established a “buffer” zone around the facility. PSPOs in the U.K. prohibit a range of peaceable activities, including audible prayer and “expressing opinions” about or “influencing” abortion-clinic activities.

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Late in November 2022, Adam Smith-Connor, of Southampton, a British Army veteran, also was fined for silent prayer, in Bournemouth, England. In each case, police officers interrogated the accused on the content of each person’s silent prayer. The arrests were for the presumed anti-abortion or pro-life nature of the prayers.

Rosa Lalor, a 76-year-old grandmother, successfully challenged her February 2021 fine for walking and praying silently near an abortion clinic in Liverpool during the COVID lockdowns. Even so, U.K. politicians are attempting to establish PSPO zones in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and all across England. The Scottish bill would include prayer in its list of banned activities; the Lord Advocate for the bill testified that silent prayer could cause “psychological damage.”

Stateside, masses of emails, tweets, and other documents prove censorship collusion between Biden administration officials (including the FBI), and big tech (including Twitter and Facebook). These efforts clearly targeted conservative — aka Christian — opinions. One woman was fired from her job because of a social-media campaign that accused her of reading and following the “wrong” social-media accounts, according to a recent report by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

At the DOJ’s instigation, the FBI is using the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act to arrest pro-life protestors. Though the FACE Act has been in place since 1994, fewer than 100 people had been prosecuted under it through May 2022. But the Biden administration has stepped up activities, arresting 26 people for alleged violations in 2022 alone.

Two high-profile cases entail raids executed months after the alleged violations. One case — Pennsylvania’s Mark Houck, arrested in September 2022 — is before the jury, which seemed unable to come up with a verdict as of press time. Paul Vaughn, arrested in October 2022, was arrested under similar circumstances as Houck — in a raid involving multiple FBI agents at his home, in front of his children and wife. Update: Houck was found innocent on Monday, January 30, 2023.

Documented vandalism to pro-life pregnancy centers, however, went unaddressed — until recently — by the FBI and DOJ.

As with Vaughan-Spruce’s arrest — police even searched her hair — these FBI raids seem intended to humiliate and intimidate pro-life advocates. We’ve seen this before, when the FBI struck at those standing against election and voter fraud and school board malfeasance.

As IFA has covered, a lawsuit by several states against the federal government reveals that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) considers thoughts and online posts to be “critical infrastructure,” thereby giving officials the authority to regulate them.

Satan wants arrests for “thought crimes” — especially prayer — to come to America.

Because Satan is scared of prayer.

Intercessors know this, and Satan knows this. Now, those in the U.K. who are in the thrall of Satan understand that prayer can “influence” abortion-clinic activity.

Bear in mind that I am not calling the people behind the intimidation, the FBI, or the U.K. police and politicians satanic, but they are being used of Satan to advance his dark kingdom on earth with intimidation, intolerance, child sacrifice, and antichrist messages.

Satan is scared to lose ground.

As the Lord’s servants build His kingdom on earth. we have Satan on the run with every prayer.

Let’s force him to retreat as we take ground for the kingdom. We can learn a lot about keeping Satan at the point of the sword from Nehemiah’s strategies.

The Persian King Artaxerxes gave his cupbearer, Nehemiah, permission to help his Jewish brethren reestablish Jerusalem. Thus, Nehemiah took ground from the enemies by rebuilding the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah prayed regularly.

The book of Nehemiah opens and closes with prayer. At key moments, we see him praying, even while he is with the king — who evidently doesn’t fear “thought crimes”! The 13 chapters of the book include eight mentions of prayer or praise, and 11 prayers, including one that is almost two chapters long.

When the enemy threatened riots, Nehemiah and his team prayed and set up a night guard. They were vigilant.

Nehemiah prayed specifically.

The book’s first recorded prayer includes many aspects that intercessors will recognize. In the Bible account, Nehemiah extolls God’s greatness (worship), reminds Him of the covenant (relationship), and confesses sin (repentance). Nehemiah acknowledges God’s justice and mercy. Finally, Nehemiah requests favor and mercy from the Persian king (petition).

And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses. Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man(Nehemiah 1:5–11).

Nehemiah prayed aggressively.

During rebuilding, Nehemiah faced satanic opposition from external enemies, namely Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite, and Gershem the Arab, and their allies. The enemies started with whisper campaigns, escalated to trolling, and ended with plotting riots and murder.  They also bribed Jewish inhabitants to spy for them and to lure Nehemiah into danger.

We know that our fight is not against humans, but against Satan’s demonic servants. In this scripture, we can understand Sanballat, Tobiah, and Gershem to represent satanic forces.

In this light, Nehemiah’s prayer is a model for spiritual warfare. He prayed that the Lord would reverse curses and bind, plunder, and punish the enemy:

Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders (Nehemiah 4:4–5).

Nehemiah was more than a man on a mission — he was a man on his knees. Retaking Jerusalem from the enemies of the Hebrews — and of God — required regular, strategic, and aggressive prayer.

Because of such prayer, Nehemiah and the Jewish people rebuilt the broken walls of Jerusalem in 52 days, ousting the ungodly and sealing the city from those who would trespass on God’s law. In a beautiful coda, Nehemiah’s pleas that the Lord remember him with favor have been answered in every Bible published since then.

Lord, teach us to pray regularly, specifically, and aggressively. We know — and our Enemy knows — that prayer  is effective. We choose to take ground from Satan, destroying his dark reign and establishing the kingdom of Christ. When the Enemy tries to control our very thoughts, we choose to oust his evil dominion, praying to You, the great and awesome God Who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love You and keep Your commandments. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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New York City–based Joyce Swingle is an intercessor and a contributing writer for IFA. With her husband, Rich, also a contributing writer for IFA, Joyce shares the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world through theater, speaking, writing, and film. Prior to going into full-time ministry, Joyce worked for about 20 major magazines and now works in pastoral ministry and Christian counseling. Photo Credit: Canva.

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Rossanne lopez
February 17, 2023

From what I understand Satan con is coming to Massachusetts, Boston, and I pray that there will be such a revival from the Saints prayers that all these lost souls that are angry at God and have had things happen in their lives that has turned them towards Satan will hear Jehovah Elohim voice and turn to him !
so they will understand what his love for them is that he gave his only son Jesus/ Yushua , the innocent lamb to die for their sins, and salvation and death

Mark Gransden Sr
February 2, 2023

Blessed are the people who are persecuted for my sake, theirs is the Kingdom of God.
Woe to those who hurt the little ones, it will be better had they not be born.
I believe that is true, pray for them as well if you will.🌴👮🏻‍♂️🙏🏻✝️

Grant Windholz
February 2, 2023

As believers in Christ, we know by fact through the Bible that Satan is a fallen angel and before the creation of mankind, that he was defeated when Jesus died on the cross. Satan is terrified of Jesus because he knows he’s lost! The only people he can bring into his sadistic kingdom are people who are not believers in Christ. That’s it!

Kathy Emahiser
February 1, 2023

In the mighty, majestic, powerful name of Jesus, we as believers pull down the strongholds of Satan that’s attacking God’s children. We declare them powerless and ineffective. We also declare that no weapon formed against us will prosper. Father, please open the eyes of individuals who are co-laboring with Satan and let them see how Satan is using them like puppets. Thank you Father for answering my prayer. Amen

Keith Blanford
February 1, 2023

Inquiring as to what Ms. Swingle is referring to by the statement below;
“ As the Lord’s servants build His kingdom on earth.”
From article in “What is Satan afraid of?” Thanks!

    Joyce Swingle
    February 1, 2023

    Hi Mr. Blanford, Thank you for your question. I’m sorry I was not clearer, but I meant that we as believers are helping the Lord establish His Kingdom come, His Will be done on earth even as it is in heaven through our lives, prayers, and witness.
    Great question and many blessings to you. In Christ Alone, Joyce

richard rockman
January 31, 2023

Hear my prayer, o Lord, and let my cry come to You. Do not hide your face from me in the day of
my trouble; Incline Your ear to me; in the day that I call, answer me speedily. Psalm 102:1-2
That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, are the most high over all the earth.
Psalm 83:18

Peg B
January 31, 2023

Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your divine teachings and ask that You would increase revelation to us for the glory of You and for the tearing down of strongholds. 2 Cor. 10:3-6 For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. We remember how Moses’ hands raised in prayer/praise caused territory to be taken for Your kingdom. Bind the proud, demonic, lying spirits of deceit, destruction and death. Take them captive to the knowledge of You, Lord. Place them before the throne of Jesus for judgment that declares them “finished”. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Betty Webb
January 31, 2023

Lord God, I ask, in The Name of Jesus, the influence of Satan be broken from family members who are blinded. Thank You LORD for answering!

Darlene Estlow
January 31, 2023

Father, we bind Satan and we take back the ground he has stolen. Cause him to backtrack in his schemes and your people take the territory. Give us courage and keep us in prayer.

Jacquelyn Miller
January 31, 2023

And we are “One Nation Under God?”

January 31, 2023

Lord, Your words are truth and life. May we come together, people of all Nations to tell the world of Your truth. May Satan and all the evil spirts prowling around the world searching for souls be stuck down and cast back into Hell where they belong. Never to harm our Christian brothers and sisters who love you and serve only you Lord. May the darkness be shown the light of truth and the way of salvation. We ask this in Your precious name ~ And all God’s people said…AMEN!

January 31, 2023

Father God I hate Satan I hate his imps I hate everything he stands for destroy him completely pulverize him in many pieces stop him from anything he does in the name of Jesus thank you Father God

Ann Hutchinson
January 31, 2023

Father God, you said in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Father thank you in advance for all our answered prayers. We believe your word because you cannot lie, in Jesus’ name, Amen

January 31, 2023

I agree Lord in Jesus Name. Amen🙏🏼!

January 31, 2023

Lord, in Ezekiel 36 you declared that you scattered Israel throughout other nations because they profaned you Holy name. But in your mercy, you brought them back to the Land that you promised them. “For I will take you from the nations that I have scattered you, and bring you back to your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; and I will cleanse you from your filthiness and from your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” “Therefore O house of Israel, I do not do this for your sake, but for My holy name’s sake…” Father, I pray that you will Bring America back to you. Give us a new heart and a right spirit. Sprinkle us with the blood of Jesus and make us clean. Father, do this, not for our sake, but for you name sake. For the covenant that you made with our forefathers. Father, turn our hearts back to you. Awaken your people, cause the dead bones to come to life again. Create an army of God here on the earth and in our nation. Let your name be hallowed in the sight of all men. In Jesus name.

Elinor Fischer
January 31, 2023

Some years ago, some politicians decided to outlaw prayer, at least for a month, because they wanted to get rid of a righteous man, Daniel. When Daniel was told he could not request anything of anyone (even God) except the king, he immediately went to his room, opened the window so all could see him, and prayed facing Jerusalem. Spies ratted on him to the king and he was thrown into a den of lions. Because of his faithfulness, God shut the lions’ mouths and Daniel was not hurt. Then the king threw the conspirators into the den and they were devoured instantly. We Christians must take a stand and “dare to be a Daniel.”

    January 31, 2023

    Amen that’s a great word for today. This evil is working here in America to stop the saints of GOD from their mission.

    I heard once that Satan is never afraid of Christian’s walking in the UN-Called but terrified of those that walk in their calling.

    And the Bible says we all are called to tread on serpents and scorpions in our prayer rooms.

    And he further said that prayer and action is indivisible. Dan 11:32

    Those that know their GOD take action.

    LORD in the name of JESUS we come before you to worship you. To love you and cherish you. You are the GOD that uphold your people that trust in you.

    Revive the prayer rooms of our nation against the perversions and the abominations of this country. Set our altars on fire in the Holy Ghost. To walk as you walked and to take action and wage a good warfare with the promises you have given us.
    To walk on serpents and scorpions, and to break the scepter of the wicked. Arise Oh GOD and let your enemies be scattered and let those that hate you flee from you.

    Let it be so , let it be so Oh LORD… Amen

M. J. McFalls
January 31, 2023

There’s the problem. The persons in all these articles were SILENTLY praying. Pray out loud and Satan and his demons will flee! The title of this article is What is Satan Afraid of? It should rather be , WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS AFRAID OF?!

    January 31, 2023

    Amen… a great word from Erik Metaxes in his book “letter to the American Church” is not to be silent.

    That was the same issue the German church had in the 1930 Germany. The church remained silent in the face of evil.

    Amen! We must not remain silent in the face of evil.

Thomas Norton
January 31, 2023

A timely reminder that we are in a spiritual war.

Brian Lynch
January 31, 2023

Satan, you are bound and gagged in the mighty name of Jesus. You were defeated by the first drop of blood shed on the cross at Calvary by Jesus. Youi have NO ability to steal, kill, and destroy, in the mighty name of Jesus. I bind the spirits of Leviathan and tyranny in Jesus’ holy, mighty name. In their place, I loose the spirit of kindness, tolerance, and freedom in this world. I declare that every Christian has the right to pray in public, whether out loud, or silently. In Jesus’ mighty name.

Gerald Deaton
January 31, 2023

Amen! Thank you for such a good article!

Donna Pendergrass
January 31, 2023

Father, the enemy hates us and loathes our prayers. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives.Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger. Remove those that do not need to be in power. Please send your people (raise up) those that need to be in position of power. Give them blessing And favor in all they do. Let not one hair of their heads be harmed. Let thy kingdom come And thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven! In Jesus name!

Susan Eddlemon
January 31, 2023

Thank you, Joyce and Rich, for posting these articles and video prayers for us about the beginnings of justice for pro-life organizations and for the casting down of demonic statues in New York city.

Ron Alford
January 31, 2023


Collin Williams
January 31, 2023

I stand with all of our God’s intercesors in our prayer to stand against the satanic forces in our nation. May he and all of his demonic forces be ground under our heals.

Ron Alford
January 31, 2023

Father, thank you for Salvation in the Holy Name of Your Son, Jesus.

Blanca Holland
January 31, 2023

The Lord almighty had me praying at 2am till 4 am : for America, UK, Israel, and the other world nation, tsunami of revival, families,neighbors , leaders : plus gave me Isaiah 46 ; as an answer. When we press down in prayer the enemy flees. We fight the good fight on our knees.

Ronda Orchard
January 31, 2023

Lord, thank you for foreknowing us. That you have a purpose for each and every one of us I pray we find it, execute it and boldly go where you send us, in the power, strength and confidence of your name only.

No weapons fashioned against us will prosper is the promise for peaceful vigilance that we hold fast to. Remove the presence of evil around us and cause demons to scatter when we pray.

As man-made institutions are standing on false statements for choice I pray their very foundations be shaken and destroyed. Let the avalanche of godly prayers now descend onto the slopes of deception, that the lies of abortion be consumed by the truth of your word and the words that are spoken under your grace.

When the enemy approaches let your angels step forward and so let your light shine on the putrid deceptive lies that abortion clings to. Break the chains of bondage from the weak, drawing them to the shelter of your forgiveness and grace. Amen

January 31, 2023

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬-‭18‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬
Thank You, Lord, that You hear us when we pray.
You say, “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24‬:‭11‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬”
And so we continue and press in to pray for those who cannot pray for themselves – STOP the abortions , Father. Shut down the abortion clinics! Hear the cries of Your people – “Let these little ones LIVE! “. In Jesus name – Amen!!

Allena Jordan
January 31, 2023

Lord, You are not a man that You should lie, neither the son of man that You should repent. You are our strong tower, refuge and strength; You are Holy and just in all Your ways. You speak and it is so.
Lord, all this trouble has come upon us because of our sins individually and as a nation. Lord, we repent in dust and ashes and ask You to forgive our sins: we let the government take over so many things, such as education, child care, ministering to the poor. We allowed abortion not only to become legal but also to expand its reach including into other nations, actually promoting abortion in other nations. Lord, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We receive this forgiveness and cleansing.
Now, Lord, as we work diligently to rebuild our villages, cities and our nation, You see the threats against us. They come in various forms. Lord, give the people a heart to rebuild our nation and our cities, towns and villages for Your glory. We work with one hand and battle with the other. Help Your intercessors to see with their spiritual eyes, to pray according to Your word, so that we cleanse our land of unrighteousness and injustice, and so that we rebuild this nation and her people according to Your ways and Your laws. Let justice and righteousness prevail in the land. All for Your glory and Your purposes. Amen.

James Allen
January 31, 2023

LORD thank YOU 🙏🏽 for the authority YOU have given your people in CHRIST JESUS: “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭19‬ ‭

Thank YOU 🙏🏽 LORD for the “peace” that comes from knowing YOU heard us. (Philippians 4:6-8) in JESUS NAME 🔥🙇🏽‍♂️🙌🏾😇

Carol Dowe
January 31, 2023

Oh Lord, we pray against any laws that would prevent us to pray,
to think independently, to have freedom of thought!

    Jon Krauss
    January 31, 2023

    No matter what law ever is attempted I will never stop thinking and praying to my creator.

January 31, 2023

Prayer is communication between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and me. I am not bound by anyone on earth to tell me what I can and cannot pray about. If someone tells me not to pray for them, I can pray for them anyway. I can ask for their conversion. I can ask for God to forgive them. I can ask God to bless and be merciful to them. That is my communication to God. I intercede for them. I can fast and make sacrifices for them. I don’t have to tell them. But Jesus gave us the right to ask God for whatever we desire in HIS name. God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I pray for your mercy and blessings on all mankind. I pray that the Father will beckon them to Jesus and Jesus will lead them to the Father. Holy Spirit, you dwell in all of the baptized. I pray you well up in all of us and let us shine with your holy light and lead others to You, the Father and the Son. I ask this Jesus name. Amen


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