“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Satan is like an angel of light. His method is compromise and complacency. I find it more difficult to deal with an angel of light than to deal with a roaring lion. At least you know who the enemy is when it’s a roaring lion. However, one must really have the leadership of the Holy Spirit when he deals with an angel of light.
If the follower of Jesus is to live under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, he must remove every hindrance to God’s leading. For example, he cannot pray, “Lead me not into the temptation of lust,” and watch sexually provocative movies. He cannot pray, “Lead me away from impure thought,” and read literature that is profane and impure. One cannot submit to the leadership of God and retain habits that grieve the Holy Spirit. God is ready to lead when the Christian is ready to follow.
Prayer is not a plea for the absence of trials, but it is supplication for God’s leadership in the midst of trials.
Holy Spirit, I submit to Your leadership! Help me to quickly recognize the work of Satan in my life, and to see the double-mindedness in my actions when they contradict what I say I believe. Lead me far away from anything that grieves You. Cleanse me and purify me. Prepare me for battle as I cry out to You for deliverance from the temptations that the enemy sets up against me. Lead me into the way of holiness, for I am ready to follow You with my whole heart.
Praise God for the diversity of his creation. Give thanks for your heritage and unique attributes which add to the abundance of God’s diverse creation. Confess those times when you failed to accept and love people unlike yourself. Commit yourself to learning about and thanking God for other cultures. Ask God to stretch your understanding of who he is and what he desires of you.
Ask God to open doors of opportunity for you to share the gospel with someone from a differing background or culture. Pray that God will prepare you for that divine encounter this week.
“God’s power enters our human programs through the door of prayer. Unless the church’s ministry is bathed in prayer, it remains merely a human endeavor.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.