A Conspiracy of Interruptions
Written by: Wilkerson, David Posted on: 03/18/2003
Category: Christian Living
Times Square Church Pulpit Series
A Conspiracy of Interruptions!
By David Wilkerson
April 28, 1997
There has been a lot of talk in recent years about great
conspiracies -- schemes purportedly aimed at destroying both
democracy in America and Christianity. These stratagems have
included the Trilateral Commission, communism, the new age
movement, secular humanism, the Illuminati and cults. Yet I
believe none of these conspiracies has ever troubled the heart of
God. With just one tiny whiff of his divine breath, he could
blow them all into oblivion!
There is only one conspiracy that concerns our heavenly
father -- a scheme aimed directly at Christians who have set
their hearts on entering into the fullness of Christ. It is a
satanic conspiracy meant to thwart God's plan of raising up an
army of sanctified people -- men and women totally devoted to the
Lordship of Jesus in their lives!
There Is Rampant Today a
Conspiracy of Interruptions!
The fact is, the devil is terrified of Christians who hunger
and thirst after righteousness. Indeed, he fears praying saints
more than he fears a thousand years in chains!
All of hell quivers and quakes at the effectual, fervent
prayer of a single believer. And every demonic principality
seated in high places cowers upon hearing the cries of a weeping,
broken-hearted child of God. The powerful praying of just one
intercessor sounds like raging thunder in the caverns of the
damned. And there is not one inch of space in hell that isn't
affected by a believer who denies himself, takes up his cross and
follows Christ with his whole heart.
Yet, we must be aware: The soul that cries out with
agonizing yearnings for depth in Christ will become the central
focus of Satan's conspiracy of interruptions!
A pastor from Arkansas once wrote to me, saying, "I must be
like many other ministers. My greatest battle is not with some
secret sin of the flesh -- but with maintaining a consistent life
of prayer and study in God's word!
"Satan rarely tempts me with sexual sin. But he has found
one thing that works on me time after time. He gets me so busy
with the daily affairs of life that my prayer and study time are
"I don't allow this to happen intentionally. In fact, I
always renew my efforts to get into the prayer closet. But I'm
soon caught up again in all kinds of projects and interruptions.
And this cycle is repeated over and over. Satan is robbing me of
my time with God! Perhaps you could write a message about this
problem we all face...."
Like millions of other sincere Christians, this dear pastor
is the victim of a demonic conspiracy of interruptions. And the
devil's chief target in these attacks is the secret closet of
prayer! He knows it is the door into the holy of holies -- the
armory out of which saints emerge in full battle dress, ready to
withstand all of Satan's fiery arrows.
So, how does the devil keep believers out of this fearsome,
secret closet of prayer? Does he parade erotic images through
their minds? Does he tempt them with soothing thoughts of escape
through alcohol or drugs? Does he lure them with dreams of fame
No -- never! The devil knows that the person in union with
Christ will not be tempted by any such vulgarity. And the truth
is, these obvious temptations are not necessary for him to
accomplish his work. Instead, the old fox seeks to interrupt a
believer's every attempt to enter the presence of God. He uses
every device in hell to hinder that Christian's efforts to spend
time in prayer and in the study of God's word!
Let Me Tell You About
My Experience With
I've often promised myself I would spend the entire day in
prayer and Bible study -- to little avail. On those occasions I
would instruct my wife or secretary, "Let no one -- nothing --
disturb me. This day belongs to the Lord. I don't care if the
President of the United States calls. I can't be interrupted!"
Of course, it's never the President who calls. Instead,
it's a teenager saying she is about to commit suicide. When this
comes up, I gladly answer the telephone. But within just a few
minutes of talking with the young woman, I discern she is not in
despair at all. Rather, she just wants to boast to her friends
that she has talked to me.
As I hang up the phone, a knock comes on my office door --
and in steps a visitor from overseas who insists on meeting with
me for just ten minutes. Half an hour later, my secretary tells
me other important calls are awaiting me. Before I know it,
several hours have flown by, and it is now late afternoon. I've
been hit with a plague of interruptions. I realize the day is
gone -- and my master has been robbed of my best time!
Please don't misunderstand me. I want to be available to
people. But I cannot deny the tremendous tug I feel on my heart
by the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual pull -- something that
makes me long to run to my secret closet and hide away in
Christ's precious bosom!
The devil's conspiracy of interruptions in my life is most
ferocious whenever I am most determined to get alone with the
Lord. Recently, after making a great resolve to let nothing
hinder me from a day of prayer, I was again swamped suddenly with
unexpected interruptions. It was so overwhelming -- and so
obvious -- I cried aloud, "This is supernatural interference!
The devil himself is behind these interruptions. He is
conspiring to keep me away from my beloved!"
From that day on, I have become more aware of Satan's subtle
devices to hinder my prayer and study time. Of course, the
interruptions themselves are not intrinsically evil -- but the
force behind their timing often is. Think about it: If Satan can
delay an archangel who's on his way to deliver a message to
Daniel, he can also delay our visitors and callers -- just long
enough to coincide with our trip to the prayer closet!
One young minister told me of his experience with a
conspiracy of interruptions. It seemed all his interruptions had
to do with human need. There was always someone who needed help
-- his help -- just at the time he felt he needed to pray and
seek the Lord. After a while, he recognized a conflict in his
soul: He was torn between his call to prayer and his compassion
for hurting people.
While in prayer one day, the young man wept out all his
pent-up confusion. He prayed, "Lord, how can I turn down anyone
in need? How can I neglect those who are hurting?"
The answer came to him clearly but firmly: "Son, how can you
I ask you: Isn't this the crux of the issue? Could anyone
or anything ever be more important to us than our Lord? Is there
any need or hurt that could ever be more important to us than
Christ himself? Of course, we have to make time for family and
for others, as God's word commands. But Christ must always come
Jesus himself withdrew from the massive human need all
around him, so he could quietly communicate with his heavenly
father. And a time has to come in every Christian's life when he
looks at all the hurting, troubled people making demands on him
-- including his family -- and say, "You'll have to wait! I'll
be back -- but first I have to pray. My soul is hungry, and I
have to feed on God's word. I need time alone with the Lord --
or else I'll have nothing to offer you but my feeble human
Our Flesh Is in League
I've never believed that Satan could enter the secret closet
of prayer -- a place hallowed by the very presence of God, where
he meets the cries of every devoted intercessor. But the devil
doesn't have to enter the secret closet to accomplish his
purposes. And that's because he already has our flesh in cahoots
You see, our flesh is at constant enmity against the Spirit
of God -- and it always will be. Only by trusting in the
glorious power of the Holy Spirit can we take full dominion over
Yet, all too often, we allow our flesh to rise up whenever
we finally do get time alone with God. And we're all well aware
of what follows: Constant yawning. Wild, fluctuating thoughts.
Short attention spans. Our minds wander off, unchecked, in many
different directions. And after a while, we're too weary to keep
trying to pray.
The flesh has won the battle. Whereas the Spirit sought to
bring us into a much-needed place of victory, weariness has
stolen our hearts away. I wonder: In such times, does Jesus
stand over us, as he did his disciples, asking, "Could you not
watch with me one hour?"
Think about it for a moment: Paul would not have commanded
us to bring every thought captive to obey Christ, if it were not
within our power to do so. We are to go into our prayer closet
determined to reckon our flesh totally dead to Christ, stripping
it of all authority and dominion. We have the power to bring
every yawn, every roving thought, every physical and mental
interruption into obedience to the Holy Spirit within us.
Of course, physical exhaustion is another matter. God
deserves our best time, our most productive hours. And yet, that
is the one thing he hardly ever gets from us -- quality time!
If we've spent the day in energy-draining activities, we'll
enter his presence weary and worn. Beloved, whenever that's the
case, the best thing to do is simply to go to bed. God is not a
hard taskmaster; he gives his children sleep. Prayer was never
meant to be a burden, or the cause of guilt trips. On the
contrary, prayer -- the very life of our communion with the Lord
-- should be done when we are alert, mentally and physically.
Even the Early Church
Fathers Faced This
In the first-century church at Jerusalem, the Jewish widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.
Naturally, they sought the help of the leaders in the church.
But the apostles didn't feel right about giving up their
study of God's word and time in prayer just to oversee this
administrative task. So they called together the church body and
said, "...It is not reason (good) that we should leave the word
of God, and serve tables" (Acts 6:2).
As a result, seven men of "good report" were appointed to
handle all the church's business affairs. In the meantime, the
apostles pledged, "We will give ourselves continually to prayer,
and to the ministry of the word" (verse 4).
This arrangement resulted in "...the word of God
increas(ing); and the number of the disciples multipl(ying)..."
(verse 7).. The church grew, because these men refused to neglect
their primary task!
Yet very few pastors today will make this kind of sacrifice.
One minister looked me in the eye and said, straight-faced, "I
simply don't have time to pray. I'm too busy. There are too
many demands on my time." Another pastor confessed to me, "I
haven't prayed in months. I meditate and have quick devotions
every so often. But I can't bring myself into the discipline of
I frequently receive pitiful letters from Christians who
complain of the lack of spiritual life and depth in their
churches. Many write, "Our pastor is dry. His messages are
light, without any kind of conviction. Most of the time he seems
I don't want to condemn any hardworking, devoted minister of
God. But the fact is, every servant rises and falls to his own
master. And many preachers of the gospel today are not aware
that they have become victims of a satanic conspiracy of
These men are constantly on the run, bogged down under an
avalanche of duties and details. And if their church is in the
midst of a building project, their dilemma only grows worse.
They feel compelled to flit about the construction site, keeping
on top of everything.
Such running about can become an addictive way of life for
many pastors. (My grandfather called such ministers "preachers
with sand in their shoes.") And in the process of running
around, trying to stay on top of things, they neglect the Lord
and cheat their congregation.
I believe this is one of the main reasons many Christians
are falling away from the faith -- especially young people.
Dead, dry preachers have become so preoccupied with business
affairs that they have no time to pray and get a fresh word from
heaven. I cringed when the pastor of one of America's largest
evangelical churches told me, "I just can't get away to pray. My
congregation can't get along without me. I have too many things
going on in the church."
This man doesn't realize that congregations actually prefer
their ministers to shut themselves away with God -- and let the
elders and associates deal with everyday business matters. No
minister of God is to act as a corporate president. His time is
to be given to prayer and the study of God's word!
Now, I thank God for every minister who is faithful to his
family and to his congregation. Such men are righteous,
conscientious, and their lives are an open book. Yet it is
possible for any godly minister to come under the dominion of
Satan's conspiracy of interruptions -- and be kept from a deeper
walk with the Lord!
Any congregation that loves its pastor should pray for him
continually: "Oh, God -- deliver our pastor from a gadabout
spirit. Keep him from the devil's conspiracy. Let him know he
must avoid Satan's trap -- and flee like an escaped bird to your
There Is Also a Great
Conspiracy in the Home!
Satan's conspiracy of interruptions has been most effective
in Christian homes. The myriad interruptions that keep husbands
and wives from praying together is not accidental. And those who
do finally make it to prayer discover that the harassment of
interruptions has intensified!
The devil knows he doesn't have to break up Christian homes
to reach his main objective. All he has to do is divert godly
people from prayer and God's word. He knows if he can interrupt
their Bible study and intercessory time, they will falter in
After all, prayerless parents are weak parents. They have
no spiritual authority to keep the spirit of the world out of
their homes. They represent no threat to the devil's kingdom or
to any of his strongholds. And the result is, their children
become prey to demonic seductions.
Most prayerless parents eventually end up parked in front of
their TV -- wasting hours at a time, growing spiritually dull and
hard. And that is the real evil of having a TV: It becomes the
greatest interruption of time that rightfully belongs to God!
Consider this fact: By the time he's eighteen, the average
teenager has watched six years of TV. Yet in that same period,
he has spent only four months in church. The tragedy is that
most Christians can hardly sit through a one-hour worship service
-- yet they can easily sit through a three-hour TV special,
without a trace of impatience!
There was a time not long ago when sold-out believers were
sensitive to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit, calling them to
the secret closet to pray. But after spending weeks and months
idling away precious hours in front of the TV, they no longer
hear the still, small voice of God. His voice has become drowned
out by all the worldly voices emanating from the tube!
You may say, "But we all need balance. And every TV does
have an 'Off' button, you know. All anyone ever needs to do is
just turn it off." But how many Christians are actually doing
that? How many have the self-restraint to shut off the clamoring
voices of the world, and get alone to hear the voice of God?
Where are Christian parents who have the courage to take
authority over the conspiracy in their living room -- and turn
off their TV long enough to hear the Lord in prayer?
Beyond all the nudity, filth and godless immorality, the
real issue with TV is that it absorbs too much time, keeping us
away from much-needed communion with the Lord. We simply have to
take godly authority over its misuse. And the time we save by
not watching it must be given to the Lord, in the secret closet
of prayer. Otherwise, we won't be prepared for the great shaking
about to fall on all humanity -- because our homes will be
without God's protective wall of fire!
What Is the Solution?
The Lord has led me take the following steps to guard my
prayer time and withstand all satanic conspiracies. I believe
these steps are meant for you as well:
1. Make communion with the Lord your primary goal in life.
This must be a life-and-death decision on your part.
Communion in prayer and study in God's word cannot be optional.
Your thought shouldn't be merely that you ought to pray -- but
that you cannot survive without prayer! Job declared, "...I have
esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food" (Job
Only when prayer becomes important enough will you make the
time to do it. Yet, most Christians -- including pastors --
neglect prayer simply because they don't recognize its importance
and effectiveness. I know that as a pastor, I dare not minister
to people until I first minister to the Lord; otherwise, I will
be an unprofitable servant.
The truth is, it is impossible to waste time when you are in
prayer, seeking God. And furthermore, outside the secret closet,
the praying man or woman accomplishes more in less time, with
less hurry and sweat.
But the most effective work for God we'll ever do is on our
knees, anyway. While the prayerless run helter skelter, to and
fro, attempting great things, the praying Christian is hard at
work moving kingdoms, shattering strongholds -- and, in the
process, becoming a giant with God!
2. You must consider your appointments with God more sacred
than any appointments with people -- no matter who they are!
How embarrassing it must be for heaven to see the way we
Christians give so little regard to the majesty of our God, the
king of glory. We're often flippant in the way we keep him
waiting. And at the drop of a hat, we'll suddenly cancel plans
to meet with him in his courts -- all for the least trifling
Can you imagine someone keeping the creator God of the
universe waiting, while that person lingers to view his favorite
TV program? Yet that is what most of us do! Even worse is that
we often don't bother to show up in God's presence at all. It's
not that we forget our appointment with him -- but that we
willfully refuse to appear before him!
Isaiah lamented, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man
of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our
faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Isaiah
53:3). When I allow interruptions to come between me and my
appointments with the Lord, I am hiding my face from him -- and
not appreciating him!
3. You must reject every interruption that is within your
power -- and take spiritual authority over those interruptions
you discern to be supernatural!
Of course, some of my interruptions are my own doing -- and
they are mostly nonsense. There is nothing conspiratorial about
many of the interruptions I allow during the day. But, beloved,
you must constantly be aware that Satan can and does conspire to
interrupt you in supernatural ways, when you have committed
yourself to prayer and seeking the Lord!
Yet, I thank God that we are never at the mercy of Satan or
any of his devices. We can expose his tactics, speak the word of
faith, and in Christ's name stop every single interruption. And
by the power of God's Spirit within us, we can clear our path to
the Lord's gates -- and come boldly to his throne of grace, to
receive help in our time of need. That is what the Lord desires
for all of us.
Will you mortify your flesh today, and return to the secret
closet of communion? Will you give up wasteful, worldly hours in
front of your TV, in order to gain what nothing on this earth can
Cry out to Jesus to deliver you today, by the power of his
Spirit. Take authority over Satan's conspiracy of interruptions
in your life, which is meant to shipwreck your faith. And enter
into the fullness of your walk with Christ, as God has planned
for you. Amen!
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