Through some recent dreams the Lord highlighted a spirit of oppression that has come upon some intercessors as we have been praying for our leaders. The dreams not only expose the schemes of the enemy, but also reveal some faulty mindsets we need to address so that we can pray with greater faith and increased freedom concerning our government.
In both dreams there was a metal rod at work, impacting intercessors and limiting our effectiveness. In one dream this rod was sticking out of my neck after coming out of heavy prayer. In the other dream, it was a metal rod hanging between the shoulders of a wounded leader I was praying for. His shoulders were very stiff and this rod was bracing his back, even though it shouldn’t have been there. A thick green snake then appeared in the dream, stiffly twisted and moving towards me as I was kneeling in prayer. Upon waking I immediately knew this was an attack of the enemy.
As I prayed into these dreams the phrase “rod of oppression” jumped in my spirit and I was led to Isaiah 9:2-7.

For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. (Isaiah 9:2-7 NIV)

This is the familiar passage we often read to celebrate the birth of Christ and its message quickly struck me. The rod of oppression is a yoke that the enemy places on us and this is what is interfering with our prayers. In this scripture, the admonition assures us that the weight of government is on Christ’s shoulders and not ours. HE is the one who carries the responsibility and oversight for Kingdom rule! I sensed the Lord reminding us to not allow a yoke of responsibility to weigh us down since He is the one performing His Word, not us!

…for I am watching over my word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12 ESV)

We know that many of the leaders we pray for also carry a huge weight of responsibility on their shoulders. We must pray that any rod of oppression would be lifted off them. Even in the dream, as I was praying over this leader, there came a point when I could separate the rod from his shoulders and remove it! 1 John 5:3 states that the commands of the Lord are not burdensome. This is what we can ask for our leaders as we pray for righteous rule.
The other insight revealed in these dreams was the stiffness of this leaders’ shoulders and the stiffness of the snake. It was very unusual and something I knew was important. The Lord reminded me of Leviathan mentioned in scripture (Job 41:23-24) and its hardened state as a result of pride. Whenever this demonic spirit is at work, there is a stiffness and hardness that often manifests. However, we don’t have to be operating in pride or rebellion to be victims of this. What opens the door to this oppressive spirit is FEAR.

But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God. (2 Kings 17:14 NIV)

God’s people were stiff-necked because they didn’t trust the Lord. Their pride and rebellion were rooted in fear. The Lord had already been speaking to me about my tendency to build walls around my heart for self-protection. Out of fear of rejection, misunderstanding, or alienation, I had been putting pads around my spirit, much like a football player puts pads on their shoulders for protection. I felt the Lord indicate this is what is opening the door to oppression with many intercessors. It is our FEAR. Whether it is fear of speaking out, fear of being vulnerable, or opening our hearts to others, this fear is making us stiff and immovable. It is causing a stiffness in the spirit, perhaps even manifesting in physical problems around the shoulders!
For intercessors who identify with this, the first thing to do is to repent of your fears and adjust your perspective. Magnify the Lord instead of the mountain! Spend time in worship and make sure to free your heart so that you go into prayer with full assurance of faith and not out of fear. The second thing is to displace any fear with a courageous action. That which has caused you anxiety – face it and overcome it! For me, it was doing a Facebook Live video (talking about these very things)! The enemy had convinced me to be quiet and not use my voice (thus the rod in my neck in the first dream). I knew the best way to conquer my own fears was to simply act in the opposite spirit.
Why is this important? The heavenly courts are listening to the prayers of the saints right now! But, it’s not our words that reach heaven as much as our faith. The Lord wants us to be free of oppression, fear, and self-protection so that our VOICES CAN BE HEARD without any restraints. Our governmental leaders need to be free of fear and accusation so that THEIR voices can rise at a time when truth needs to be declared and heard.
Determine to establish your heart and mind in absolute confidence in the Lord’s righteous rule and His ability to establish His Kingdom on the earth. The government is not on the shoulders of our president or any other elected official. It’s on His. They may be conduits of His purposes, but our faith can rest in God’s ability to do what only He can do.

Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:7 ESV)

* Watch this video clip I posted on Facebook, detailing these dreams with additional information from attending the recent Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. 

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Wanda has been in ministry for over 35 years as a worship leader, teacher, author, deliverance counselor, and speaker.


5 Responses

  1. Dear Wanda, Thank you so very much for your obedience, and all that you share. This was so powerful to me. I have been an intercessor and worship leader for almost 30 years, and so many times have felt the rod of the oppressor on my neck, shoulders, and back. I was recently diagnosed with severe arthritis in both shoulders, no more cartilage, bone on bone, and spurs growing. Pain is not good to say the least, esp. when chronic. I fell almost three years ago, on the ice, and this past Feb. i had a total hip replacement. I thought i might have injury in my shoulders due to repetitive motion, as i am also a barber/hairstylist for over 30 years, guitar, keyboard, and all that. In two weeks, i will have my right shoulder completely replaced, unless of course there is miraculous healing, which i have believed for, many years. I am grateful for your dream and the way you interpret and exhort us with great understanding. I will continue as leader of the Maine Apostolic Prayer Network, leading also, the National Governor’s Prayer team for Maine, however i am stepping down from Reformation Prayer Network leadership for Maine. You have confirmed to me so very much and i thank you. Love in Him Whom we adore, Renee Fortin

  2. Hello sister Wanda
    This message is exactly what I have been going through . A heaviness called fear of rejection for speaking the gospel in my university. I could not identify it for weeks precisely as you just did . I definitely want to be free of such fear of rejection because I love the gospel of grace and fear the LORD so much. I shared the gospel at one point in my graduate school and received hurtful messages and was isolated by many classmates. The fear of rejection began to grow even greater. It has been weeks. However, this is something I have been dealing with since a child that is fear of rejection and of being isolated as I never fit in with people my age. Let’s pray we all take heed to Wandas insights and be set FREE with full assurance and faith that God is sovereign over all. Thank you sister
    In His love

  3. Wanda thank you for stepping out and sharing to all intercessors of our needs that the Lord has so graciously provided through you to His Bride. Shoulders is where we carry our stress and with that the rod and the weight of His power is upon His shoulders only. God is asking for us to prepare the way by releasing our voices in words, in action and in deeds. As I type this, God is showing me that He is hovering over America seeking those that is in One accord with His plans, purposes for such a time as this. He is rebirthing America and now we are in labor pains for this nation to come out with our readiness to declare victory for America and break down the strongholds that Satan and His minions are so rapidly firing their schemes These Words have taken the pacing back and forth as in the waiting room to announce to our nation that America was and still is God’s nation and we rise up with His full armour as in Ephesian to rebirth this nation. God will never leave us nor forsake us. Better than that, He wants us to work through us. Walking by Faith not by sight.

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