In the early stages of my walk with Christ, whenever I sat for praying or reading the Word, I would feel extremely sleepy and start yawning. This became so evident that one day my wife commented about the same. It was then that I too realized that something was amiss and prayed about the same. I often wondered what the possible cause could be, but could not reach a conclusion.
While I was experiencing this, one night I saw a dream. In the dream, a short white man was wrestling with an evil looking giant. The giant was overpowering the short white man who was trying desperately to escape him.
Then I heard a voice in the dream say, “Bind the strong man and free yourself.”
I woke up after seeing this dream at night and wondered what it meant. Later on the next day, as I sat for prayer and started yawning again, the Holy Spirit spoke to me in His still small voice and said, “Bind the strong man.” Instantly I realized what the dream was all about. The Lord was indicating that it was an evil spirit that was making me feel sleepy on sitting for prayer or when reading the Word and the deliverance could be achieved by rebuking the evil power. And that is exactly what I did. I immediately rebuked the evil spirit in Jesus’ Name and to tell you the truth, the deliverance was immediate.
From then on, my times of prayer and Bible reading are a joy. Every morning I am able to spend around one and a half hours in worship, prayer and Bible reading.
In my ministry, I have met several well meaning Christians who have had this same problem and perhaps a few of you reading this may have been experiencing the same ,but the message from the Lord to all such is the same, “Bind the strong man and free yourself.”