What the Python Spirit Really Wants | Jennifer LeClaire Ministries

I didn't realize how strong is the spirit of python's chokehold on my region until I started to personally experience the effects of its presence. One of the only named spirits in the Bible, the python spirit is a coiling spirit that works to squeeze out the breathe of life (the Holy Spirit) and cut off your lifeline to God (prayer).

To accomplish its deadly agenda, this spirit will remind you of wounds from your past, surround you with ungodly influences that tempt you to compromise the Word of God—or just barrage you with circumstances that knock the wind out of you.

Symptoms of a python attack may include weariness, a loss of passion to worship and pray, feeling pressured, overwhelmed, helpless and even hopeless. The severity of those symptoms depends on how long this enemy has been coiling itself around you and how much pressure it has applied.

Let me show you this spirit in the Bible. You'll find it in Acts 16:16 when Paul encounters a girl possessed with a spirit of divination. The word divination in this verse comes from the Greek word for puthon, which translates in English as “python.” Vine's Dictionary explains how Greek mythology believed the Pythian serpent guarded the oracle of Delphi until Apollo slew it (and then took on the name Pythian). The word was later applied to diviners or soothsayers, inspired by Apollo.

Attacking Your Prayer Life

Python can attack anyone. You don't have to be in sin to find python trying to slide under your door. Paul was a man of prayer. The Bible says he spoke in tongues more than anybody else in the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 14:18)—and probably more than anybody else in the early church.

Despite Paul's relationship with Christ and a strong prayer life, he still had to wrestle against principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (see Eph. 6:12). Paul had to wrestle against python—and so may we. Let's look at Paul's encounter with the python spirit.

“Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, 'These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.' And this she did for many days” (Acts 16:16-17).

The python spirit had a stronghold in Philippi. When the man of prayer started heading for the house of prayer, this spirit launched its first attack against him—a distraction followed by a full-blown trial that aimed to take him out of his purpose. Python knows it has no authority in a city that prays in the presence of God, so it works to distract people from praying so they can't fulfill their purpose.

Python would rather watch you lick your wounds than pray to a healing God. Python would rather hear you complain or gossip than take your problems to a miracle-working God. Python would rather distract you with attacks, trials and persecutions than see you press into a gracious God for deliverance. Again, python's ultimate goal is to put you in bondage and thwart your purpose. You may be going through the motions but you feel dead on the inside because python has squeezed the life out of you.

Loosed From Python's Grip

When you rise up in your Christ-given authority against python, the battle ensues. Paul cast the demon out of the girl, which meant her masters could no longer profit from her false prophecies. “They seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities” (Acts 16:19). From there, they were falsely accused, had their clothes torn off, were beaten with rods and thrown into prison with stocks on their feet.

Paul and Silas were in physical pain. They had been publicly humiliated. They were slandered and maligned. And they were in the grip of the python spirit. At this point, they had several options: They could lie there and lick their wounds. They could complain to one another about their situation. They could meditate on the persecution and decide to abandon their purpose in exchange for being set free. But they didn't do any of that. Thank God, they left us a model for how to break free from the python spirit.

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed” (Acts 16:25-26). Prayer and praise are what python is trying to stop, but prayer and praise will set you free.

In next week's article, we'll take a closer look at the python spirit and what it takes to combat it in a region. Florida has 43 houses of prayer across the state—more than any other state—but the python spirit is so active that the Everglades are overflowing with these dangerous snakes. In a state known for prayer, why is python so dominant? More on that next week.

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Jennifer LeClaire is news editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale and author of several books, including Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft, and The Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel. You can email Jennifer at jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.


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  1. Ramunda Ndlovu

    Thanks again. And above all thank You Jesus christ, I dreamt up if a python in my village home Zimbabwe at Plumtree, the snake appeared so small but later in could here it coming out of the sack, making like crispy sound.it came out to be a huge python going across the home in the yard very slowly,
    My sisters were there but never tried to help me my mother who died sometime ago ran away and I did with myou distant relative ,during the run to the opposite dI reaction is started firing prayer bullets that destroy the serpent, but I was very weak in the spirit. I was holding a container with coarse salt tryang to use it to destroy the serpent
    Please pray for me as I continue as well to pray though I have been very tired lately to pray. Then all of a sudden I was having sex with my work colleague and he planeeds his Penis and left ithe inside of me but I managed to pluck it out. My worry is that I was also willing to have sex with him.

    • Deborah Fatherree

      For Spiritual strength, renewal/refreshing, healing, peace and breakthrough. Get quiet before God and try prophetic worship/soaking. The you-tube video is called ” While We Wait”, by Nathaniel Coe III.

  2. Tshegofatso Tsheole

    Jennifer, The Lord bless you for unfolding the python spirit to us. i have been dealing with this spirit for over two years. Unfortunately no one understands it. i am frustrated. What you have described above is exactly my experience. i cannot pray, i am always tired, sleepy. i am always fighting cyclical battles. i live in lack, i spent a lot of money on my car, i experience break ins, the spirit of infirmity, i suffer from backaches, i sometimes feel something moving in my back. i suffer from funny creeping sensations in my legs. Sometimes it feels like a fly scratching me inside my skin, in that moment i would feel dizzy as if i am going to loose my mind. i ask myself Holy Spirit, where are you, i don’t feel the connection with Him. i just pray for the sake of praying. i sleep with lights on because i am tired of fighting. sometimes in my sleep, it feels like something has been sucked out of my brain, i am so empty i cannot think like i used to. i check all the doors i might have opened for the enemy, and i don’t live in sin.
    Woman of God, what can you tell me. i tried to study, there’s this cold breeze i feel heavily on my forehead and a mind blockage. This cold breeze was so strong as i was busy with my assignments, i eventually had to stop.

    God bless you for revealing this to His body. Bless you.

    • Deborah Fatherree

      For Spiritual strength, renewal/refreshing, healing, peace and breakthrough. Get quiet before God and try prophetic worship/soaking. The you-tube video is called ” While We Wait”, by Nathaniel Coe III.

    • Meegan

      Hi there
      I have experienced similar to you… did you receive help?
      Bless you, Meegan

    • Solomon

      Tshegofatso That cold breeze you felt was the visitation of the Holy Spirit as you read the Word ask God to give you discernment so you can identify every spiritual activities.

      But the fact that your Prayer life is cut short or you loosing interest on it its the work of that python.

      Most of the time when ever you have sex in the dream it’s the python protecting a seed to cut you from praying, fasting, and mostly getting tired of feeling sleepy when ever you read the Bible and its the dream project ion.

      And also when you dream eating in the dream or drinking something in the dream know its the python seed projection. Against your prayer, fasting and reading the Word of God.

      The only escape in this is Go in Prayer and ask God to reveal himself to you ask him to help you to seek his face not his miracles but his own personality.

      As Moses prayed and said Lord Show me your Glory do that every day spend time to worship him thank,praise Worship him tell him how great he is SEEK ONLY HIS FACE NOT HE CAN DO FOR YOU then you’ll realise the python power will lose power against you.

      Because if you spend at least an hour or two seeking not what can do for you but (God’s face his Presence becomes Fire and satan won’t be able to plant anything against you.


      IF you hab a disturbing dream when you wake up take olive oil pour a drop in your palm and place it in your forehead and command every satanic dream projection to be cancelled, reversed, by the Blodd of Jesus do this prayer take your time till your spirit is calm.

      satan doesn’t fight the light weight but heavy ones.



  3. Deborah Fatherree

    Thanks Jennifer for explaining the python spirit. I am bookmarking your site, because there is a wealth of information here! I recently viewed an intercessors training on you-tube that mentioned the python spirit, saying that it often attacks intercessors, so I did a search to find out about this spirit and found your site. Recently, I experienced an attack of mental weariness while going through a personal battle. For a couple months, I kept seeing prophet soaking videos on you-tube; but never bothered to view them. About a week ago I decided to try it and on today, I found another video on prophet worship/soaking that took me immediately into God’s presence, filling me His love, assurance and peace, as I laid quietly before God. I felt breakthrough resulting in a greater expectation, that my situation will change! In the meantime, I have greater peace while waiting! The video is called ” While We Wait”, by Nathaniel Coe III. I am new to prophet worship/soaking, and will definitely add it to my daily morning time with God.

  4. Deborah Fatherree

    Correction: I said prophet worship but it’s called prophetic worship/soaking. Thanks

  5. Maricella

    Hi I was in a sleep wake state watching a pastor online when. Awoke at 3 am choking so bad and something wrapped around my neck when I’m heard this spirit of python word for the first time in my life. I had been dabbling in crystals tarot herbs and approached by a Shamon who wanted to teach me Reiki to be a master teacher

  6. Culburn

    Am ifeanyi ogboduwa from Nigeria i have a big problem i cost thue to my ignorance last 7yrs i was with my friends anyone of them brought and ideal of us visiting a prostitude house we agreed i layed with a lady ever since then Python was moving around my body it effected my life i need prayes

  7. david

    my name is david i am struggling with this spirit i used to be a powerful preacher of the word am real defeated by this spirit pray for me

  8. Jaye B.

    The Python Spirit has a stronghold over Tecopa Hot Springs, Ca. and I cannot be in town there for very long. It is so strong and so many people have shared their life stories with me in the licking old wounds department. It will require constant group prayer to ever bring it down. Thank you for this informative article!


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