Deliverance by Fire Prayers, Day 11: Prayers Against the Spirit of Delay

Today’s Reading

Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12

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When prayers are delayed or denied, who is responsible?

Is it God?

Or the devil?

Or us?

The answer is simple. All of the above can be responsible.

Sometimes, delays can be from God. Other times they are caused by us, and many times they can be from the devil. God’s delays are usually a time of going through a process of growth and development.

The truth is that anyone who has ever tried to live by faith has experienced delays. Not everything has happened in the time frame we wanted them. This is a fact no one can deny.

But the whole truth is that not all delays are God-programmed. Most delays are satanic and can lead to denial. They are programmed by the devil to lead to discouragement and ultimately to backsliding.

Most delays are part of the spiritual conflict we face as Christians. They are nothing else than spiritual attacks projected to stop us from manifesting the plans of God and His blessings for our lives.

Satanic delays and denial are times of extreme frustration, when one’s blessings are prevented from manifesting despite so much efforts and labor. This leads to loss of faith and many questions in the hearts of the victims.

I believe this was what the wise man meant in Proverbs 13:12 when he said, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” The Good News Translation renders that verse this way:

“When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy.”

I doubt anyone will say that God likes to crush people’s heart. On the contrary, we know that God is the One who fills us with joy. This also means that it is not God who crushes our hope so that He can break our hearts. It is the devil. The devil does that through the force of delays and denial.

Daniel and the Prince of Persia

Daniel chapter ten gives an unambiguous picture of the invisible struggle between the forces of good and evil. Daniel had prayed, and an angel was dispatched to bring his request from the very first day he began praying. But a demon referred to as the prince of Persia waylaid the angel and engaged him in intense spiritual warfare.

Imagine that.

That’s like a monitoring spirit, an evil spirit in charge of that area. This evil spirit’s mission was to delay and deny Daniel answers to his prayers.

How many times have we faced delays and even outright denials that we attribute to the making of God, when in reality, they were the making of demonic powers?

If Daniel had stopped praying on the 10th day of his petition, he probably might not have received the answer to his prayer. His persistence in prayer empowered his spiritual victory over the forces projected to delay, stop or deny his prayers.

Here’s the point:

Demonic delays are aimed at denying you answers to your prayers. That’s when delays can become denials.

I have said many times that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)…Your future husband is not in heaven. He’s here on earth. If he’s not coming forth physically, you need to learn how to command him to manifest.

Your money is not in heaven. Not at all. There are no dollars and pounds and rands in heaven. All the monies you’ll ever need are here on earth. If you’re always getting frustrated financially, you need to learn how to command your finances to manifest.

If you’ve been in the same spot for a very long time, that’s not God. The forces of delay and denial are responsible. Gather yourself up and begin to release prayer bullets against these powers.

When you’re working so hard and getting so little results, beloved, the forces of delay and denial are working against your life.

When you’re due for a promotion, and you’re not promoted, instead, others get promoted while you have to make do with what is available, dear friend, begin to bind the powers of delay and denial from now onwards.

Paul and Satan

For we wanted to come to you– yes I, Paul, did, again and again–but Satan blocked our way (1 Thessalonians 2:18).

Wait a minute. How’s that? Did you see that?

Satan blocked Paul! Mighty Paul!

Paul knew what he wanted to do was God’s will. He had that witness in his heart, but Satan raised several oppositions and blocked him, and Satan did that not even once.

That’s amazing, but the undeniable truth.

If there’s a dream in your heart that you know is God’s perfect will for your life. And you have this peace that it’s time to birth it, but the more you try, the more you’re prevented, arise and begin to come against the forces of delay and denial.

Many people are stuck at one spot today and have lost the courage to venture out again to start their dreams because they have faced so many disappointments that they wonder if they were right in the first place. My friend, the forces of delay and denial was what worked against you. Get back and go on the offensive against these powers, and then move into God’s dream for your life.

The forces of delay and denial can so work against a person that he will be helpless even in the midst of plenty opportunities flying around him. People will just hate him for no just cause. He will lack help and support and be so alone in his struggles.

Causes of Demonic Delays, How to Break Demonic Delays, and


Please note that the full teaching for today and Complete Prayers are in the book, DELIVERANCE BY FIRE.

If you really suspect a force of delay working against your life and family, then get the book, and spread your prayers for many days, always praying in the midnight, until you sense a breakthrough.


  • Pray these prayers in the midnight for several days, in addition to other prayers.
  • Write your name, your partner’s name, and your family members names on a plain paper. Then begin this prayer to rebuke the spirit of delay and stagnation.
  • List the particular areas of life that you are experiencing a delay, and begin to reverse it


Heavenly Father, I thank You for the opportunity to appear before You once again to obtain mercy and find help in times of need. Be glorified in Jesus name.

O Lord, I pray, if the delay in my life right now is caused by me, by my disobedience, laziness, walking out of your will, or attitudes, please forgive me and restore me in Jesus name.

Father Lord, if the delays in my life are from You, open my eyes to see what You want me to see, my ears to hear what you want me to understand, and my understanding to learn what You want me to learn, in Jesus name.

Father Lord, I am rejecting all forms of demonic delays in my life and family today. I nullify every curse or evil projection producing frustrating delays in my life and the lives all these names here………in the name of Jesus Christ.

I delist my name and the names in this paper right now (mention the names) from every list used to project delays and stagnation in our lives, in Jesus name

Father, Lord, You are my help and my deliverer; You are the hope of the afflicted and the needy; O Lord, please do not delay again in my ——— (mention the area you are experiencing delays). Send me help speedily, in Jesus name.

Today, O Lord, I speak to everything that has made any area of my life dormant, as Jesus addressed the barren fig tree, I speak to them now to be withered from their root, in Jesus name.

All you powers of delay and denial against my life and family, seize today, in Jesus name.

Henceforth, I overcome the powers of carelessness, laziness, and procrastination. I overcome every attitude in my life working against my progress. I decree that these little foxes that have eaten deep into my life and family are destroyed from today, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Whatever is responsible for my working hard and earning little, I end it today by fire in the name of Jesus Christ.

I at this moment reverse all forms of demonic delay in the following areas of my life:

…………………….       …………………….       …………………….

I decree supernatural restoration and speed in these areas, in Jesus name.

According to the book of Isaiah 65:20-24, I decree:

“Never again will there be an infant who lives but a few days in my family, or an old man who does not live out his years; even at a hundred, we will be thought to be mere children.

We will build houses and dwell in them; we will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will we build homes and others live in them, or plant and others eat.

For as the days of a tree, so will be my days and the days of every one I call out their names right now.

(Mention the names on your list)

We will enjoy the works of our hands. We will not labor in vain, nor bring forth children doomed to misfortune.

 The Lord will bless us, we and our descendants,

In Jesus name.

To Read Further

Daniel 10, John 5


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  1. I am ready to receive as I await in the spirit of expectancy for all that God has for me. I receive it all by faith right now, in Jesus Name, No More Denials or Delays and It Is So, AMEN ? ?? Thank You Brother for teaching us the correct spiritual tools to be effective in the Kingdom of God! God Bless You & Family ❤️

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