My son has been experiencing demonic attacks during the night when he goes to sleep. He is being woken up by angry sounds and voices. He has become very scared and does not know what to do. I am a christian father who prays for my son, but I am lost as to what I need to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
God bless you and your column: Scared Father.
Dear Scared Father,
Thank you for the God bless courteous wish, and may God bless you too.
I sympathize with your fear. I also do not like to talk about the devil. He is dangerous and his is always very busy trying to cause hazardous and malignant threats to attack the most vulnerable. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." Peter 5:8. Dear friend, in this disfavor situation my intention is not to initiate a theological dispute. Instead try to find a fix for your fear. Do not lose hope. In the Holy Bible we find comfort and guidance from our heavenly Father through His Holy Spirit. "The name of God is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10.
In your statement you did not mention any known reason why you suspect the devil is trying to hold your son captive. Yet, devil's attacks are most always associated with sin. See what Jesus replied, "This kind can be cast out only by prayer indicating this type of demon could only be expelled with prayer and fasting." Mark 9:29. You said that you are a Christian and pray for your son. Just keep praying! "You will seek Me and find Me, when you search Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13.
Here is my suggestion: Set private time alone with your son. First, pray then ask your son if he is holding on to any sin, or if he is doing something wrong to cause the devil trying to control of his life. Confession is good for the soul. You are a concerned father and you need to be aware of the reason for the disturbance that is destroying your peace. Confession is also an act of faith. Jesus said: Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more. "Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee away from you." James 4:7.
Please, present to your son the importance of choice. In our life we have only two choices: Good or evil. All good is from God, surrender your life to the Lord and His mercy will follow you forever, He is our refuge and our fortress. If you are not successful in your plan to help your son, just keep on praying, and keep loving your son with unconditional love. We cannot change the behavior of other people, but keep in charge of your conduct.
"Cast all your anxiety on Him (Jesus) because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7.
May the love of Jesus bring healing and peace to your home.