A man who used to be a high priest in the Church of Satan has opened up about the power of Christian prayer. Incredibly, he admitted that when followers of Jesus were praying for him, he found it incredibly difficult to engage in satanic activities. John Ramirez, who once worshiped the Devil wholeheartedly, is now a Christian evangelical pastor. Ramirez has made it his personal crusade to advise believers on the reality of spiritual warfare. He even wrote a book on the subject, titled, “Armed and Dangerous: The Ultimate Battle Plan for Targeting and Defeating the Enemy.”
“I wrote this book because I wanted Christians to know that spiritual warfare is not only defensive, but there’s an offensive element as well,” he said. Ramirez explained that his devotion to Satan became most effective when believers were prayerless. “I was able to go in and capitalize and take a stand and a position in the spirit realm against the Christians that were not praying,” he explained. “I took that territory away so I owned your neighbour; I owned your neighbourhood; I owned your region because you didn’t saturate with prayers. I beat you to it.” But when Christians did pray, he found it created a spiritual block, preventing him from engaging in evil activities.
“It is those believers who gave me such difficulty in the spiritual,” he said. “When I came into a neighbourhood and they were united in the spirit realm, they were able to chase me out of the neighbourhood. This weakened my assignment and my mission went unaccomplished because they had power in that neighbourhood I didn’t have.” Now, Ramirez is desperate to light a fire for prayer in the hearts of America’s Christians. He believes too many believers are pre-occupied with their own prayer requests, instead of praying for the nation. “That has a place in your prayer life,” he said. “But no one is praying for your neighbour. So I was able to go in and capitalize!”
As a man who has seen the “dark side,” Ramirez knows the realities of prayer and the power of God at work. “If I know what’s going on in my neighbourhood, then I know what to lift up to the altar of God,” he said. We need to intercede for our neighbourhood, our region, then our family, loved ones, husbands, wives and our workplaces.” Despite living a life of chaos and selfishness, Ramirez came to realize just how empty Satanism really was.
When he found Christ, he found true spiritual fulfilment. “For 25 years of my life, I was able to do anything to anybody, anywhere,” he said. “I count that all to be foolish to gain Christ. He’s the breath that I breathe. He walks with me.”
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