LifeNov 16, 2017 by Jared Laskey
Addiction to drugs plagued me as a teenager. In 1999 I became a student at the Youth With A Mission School of Ministry in Los Angeles. Although I had been clean and sober for eight months, I couldn’t stop the cravings for drugs. I would throw myself into the presence of God, wanting the desires to be taken away.
I often asked for prayer from other students, especially a small group of fellow intercessors and worshipers including close friends Jeremy and Maria Lautt. We had prayed and worshipped at numerous locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and had seen the Lord move.
Our little group was adventurous, wanting to see new sites, but we also sensed that we were to pray over the city of Las Vegas from the Stratosphere, a hotel, casino, and tower. (The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S.) Before we left on our trip I was praying again about the addictions I struggled with and had a vision of dragons. I didn’t know what it meant at that time, but I had faith that the Lord would show me the meaning.
Once in Las
We all sensed the unseen spiritual realm surrounding us and began to feel demonic oppression as we found ourselves in front of the Brahma Shrine, a replica of one of Thailand’s most popular Buddhist shrines. Each of us had faced spiritual warfare together on short-term mission trips to India with its numerous shrines and idols, but seeing this idol in the U.S. grieved our spirits.
As evening approached, the streets got busier and dirtier. People were losing their inhibitions as they were partying all hours of the day. There was a point where our little group began to feel
Our motel was near the base of the Stratosphere. We started making plans to go up in the tower to pray for the city the next day. That evening, May 15, 1999, we decided to pray to end the day, unaware of what God was about to do.
While praying, I felt like I was to plead the blood of Jesus over the city. Similar to the Apostle John’s experience in Revelation 1:10, I experienced being “in the Spirit.” My friends started to
Then I saw Jesus come to me. He was glorious and holy and the presence of God was all consuming. It reminded me of Revelation 1:12-17 (MEV):
I turned to see the voice that
Jesus’ face was the brightest light I had ever seen, brighter than the sun. Looking into His eyes, I felt incredible amounts of love emanating from Him. Waves of power and love surged through me. Holiness permeated everything. Jesus’ arms were opened wide to me. Words cannot describe the power and majesty I sensed.
As He neared me I felt as if I were about to die because He was so holy. Then a crown appeared in His right hand and He placed it on my head. I felt so undeserving, seeing Him in His glory. I understood what the Apostle John meant when he said, “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though I were dead. Then He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last’” (Revelation 1:17). I also knew what Isaiah meant when he encountered the Lord in His glory, “Woe is me! For I am undone….For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).
I recorded this encounter in a prayer journal: “I cannot explain it, but I saw the glory of the Lord, His arms open to me, as He gave me a crown. The others were
After Jesus placed the crown on my head, I felt like dragon scales were falling off my body and I was being renewed. The group continued to worship,
I felt like a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). The intense cravings for drugs were gone. When I saw Jesus in His glory, He delivered me from this demonic oppression, setting me free. I realized that the dragons I had seen in the vision several nights before were demonic spirits that Jesus took away when I saw Him in His glory.
My journal entry says, “I experienced the glory of the Lord! I was given a new prayer language as I saw the Lion of Judah.” After I saw the Lion of Judah roar in His majesty, silence overcame our group. A sense of awe and wonder surrounded us. I was no
Then Jeremy experienced being in the Spirit, and we prayed over him for several hours. After all of
We left rejuvenated and refreshed, no longer seeing the city through the eyes of despair or hopelessness. The burdens were lifted from us because we experienced the glory of the Lord in what some people call “Sin City.” We had a revelation that God’s power for redemption is far greater than any of us can imagine. Las Vegas is in His hands and will bring Him a “fruitful harvest” (Psalm 107:37).
*Scriptures are taken from the Modern English Version of the Bible.
This article was originally published on Message of the Open Bible Magazine. Find it here.
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