Over time and through four pregnancies, the condition worsened. I lived in chronic middle back pain, and the end of my pregnancies had been difficult to endure. I saw a chiropractor about twice a week. I also had carpal tunnel syndrome from pinched nerves in my neck. It was at the point where my wrists ached and my typing accuracy was so low that it took several times the normal time to send an email. My concern for my future increased as the situation deteriorated. But never did I think that God would heal me.
In my personal spiritual journey, I had begun to take Scripture more literally. I had not progressed to seeking healing, but I certainly did not doubt it. I had, however, quickly learned to identify and respect the reality of demons. I had grown up Catholic and had never been able to let go of the idea of Lent. One year I decided to fast chocolate and to start reading decrees in a book that I had somehow discovered (probably a Christian book catalog, which were more popular back then). It was entitled Prayers That Rout Demons by John Eckhardt.
The title of the book seemed a bit dramatic, but I liked the concept. I was all for routing out demons and thought the book would help me do a thorough job. So every night, long after my kids and husband were asleep, I would read sections of the book quietly beside my husband, until I was too tired to continue. Some nights I was up until 2:00 a.m., I became so immersed in the things I was decreeing. Here are some examples;
Let me grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18)
Give me strength to bring forth my destiny (Isa. 66:9)
I loose myself from every spirit of error in the name of Jesus (I John 4:6)
Then one night, an amazing thing happened.
As I read out loud, I was very surprised to feel a burning in my middle back, a localized circle of intense, but not painful, heat. This continued for a several minutes. It stopped. I wondered. Was my back being healed? I waited, feeling more would happen. I continued to read the prayer that I had been reading when it happened. A moment later, I felt the same sensation about an inch below the first sensations. The heat lasted a short while, then subsided. I wondered and wondered, was my back healed? What a surprise! It caught me off guard. I was unsure what to think about it.
I noticed the next day that my wrists did not ache. My back ached less. My typing seemed more accurate. Improvement continued for days. After a week or so I understood I had been healed. I did not run and leap and shout for joy because I wasn’t sure it would last. And I was puzzled. Why had God done that for me? I had not even asked Him.
After a month, I brought one of my children in for an adjustment and my chiropractor insisted that she check my back. She was sure that I was wrong that my back was fine. It had been longer than I had ever been able to go without seeing her. She checked and was surprised that my back was perfectly aligned. She wondered what happened. It made no sense. She asked me what happened. I meekly answered one word; “prayer.” She shrugged it off and I have never returned.
I tell you this story because whenever I see this book, I think
“I was healed because of this book.”
I know now that my healing was partly a quick and definitive theology lesson for me. God loves us, and He still heals us today. There is no doubting my testimony. My back issues were central to who I was. My family and friends knew me back then. This is no longer the case. They all know that God heals, too. There is no theological debate on that front in my life.
It is possible that God has some work to do through this book in the life of someone reading this review. My personal opinion is that it would not hurt any of us to read through this book. It is very thorough and causes us to pray through things we may never have otherwise known to pray through. I have prayed through certain sections, like Prayers for Prosperity and Financial Release and Prayers for Your Nation over again as I have felt led to do so. This really is an amazing little book. It just could be the tool that you need to rout demons that you have not been able to identify without it.