While I was a devout protestant I lived in an apartment with a room mate. He had an evil spirit afflicting him there, especially at night, and there was a discernable presence. People who had stayed the night had visibly seen this presence and had ‘bound’ it in the name of Christ but it persisted. I went through the Litany of the Saints asking every saint to pray on my behalf.
It was an improvisation of the rite of exorcism, if I remember correctly.
I must say that I felt an incredible presence of the Holy Spirit at that point. I felt my heart leaping with joy in my chest and I got chills all over. It was the same feeling I had gotten at my moments of most intense prayer with groups of people praying together intently for one cause.
I did not and do not believe I was asking dead people to pray for me.
1 Timothy 1:16, Galatians 6:8, Romans 6:22, Acts 13:46, John 12:50, John 6:47, John 6:40, John 6:27, John 5:24, John 4:14, John 3:36, John 3:16, Luke 18:30, Matthew 25:46, Matthew 19:29, Matthew 18:8.
I believed and believe they were and are partakers in the eternal life promised to us by our savior.
For anyone who is interested, the evil spirit left.
In an unrelated incident, after I began looking at the Catholic Church, I began praying the rosary daily at work. I awoke one morning to find that the face of Christ on the crucifix of my rosary had been broken off and was nowhere to be found. Apparently I had made someone unhappy.
Remember that there are legions of demons hoping for your destruction. It is good to know there are legions of saints hoping for your salvation.