“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11)
The enemy of our God has become our enemy. We are not in a neutral position. When Christians gather as the church, we become a real threat to Satan. We are there to worship, to pray, to teach, to instruct and to encourage one another to live and proclaim the kingdom of God and, as such, proclaim the enemy’s defeat. It is apparent that he will do all he can to prevent that from happening.
The real danger for us is our being unaware of the enemy’s schemes. We approach every difficulty in church as though it’s just a natural thing. When churches divide over whether or not to use hymns or contemporary choruses, it is not natural. When the flock turns on the shepherd, it is not natural. When the saints, called to live in love, spend their time criticizing and accusing one another, it is not natural. The devil has come to church!
“Lord, I know how much You love Your Church. Because of that great love, help us to wake up and begin to understand the schemes of the enemy against Your people. Give us insight into the spiritual attacks against the Bride of Christ. Show us how to pray in a way that sets the devil to flight and brings the overcoming power of Your victory into our congregations.”
–Adapted from The Devil Goes to Church (Prayer as Spiritual Warfare) by David Butts. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Give praise to the one who said, “I am . . . the truth” (Jn. 14:6). Thank God for rescuing you from the darkness of Satan’s deceit and placing you in the kingdom of his marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9). Repent of those times that you have been uncomfortable with the light of God’s truth and have preferred twisting the truth to suit your purposes. Commit yourself to walking in the light of God’s truth with your whole heart. Ask God to make you willing to do that, no matter the cost to your pride or reputation.
Ask God to use your example of honesty and truthfulness this week to move someone’s heart to see the reality of God.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.