Things are getting closer to home with the current threats of terrorism at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Our quiet home on the prairie isn’t as safe as we thought. The entire country should be on alert. Our land has been integrated with a giant force of evil. It isn’t necessarily one group or ethnicity. It isn’t a particular religion or philosophy. It’s a true, clearly defined, crafty, insidious force which had its beginning long ago in the Garden of Eden. It was crushed when the Son of God was nailed to the cross, but it’s not dead yet. Satan’s power is running rampant across our planet and the only way he will be stripped of it is when our Savior returns again to judge him and all his minions.
In the meantime, God has given us the protection we need to fend off Satan – to put him at bay. With Him we have a safety net which the devil cannot penetrate. As Jesus was confronted by the devil in the wilderness for 40 days, His humanity was being tested. Satan always seems to think he can overpower God with his knowledge, but he doesn’t stand a chance.
Jesus has a divine side as well. He fought the prince of darkness with words from God’s scriptures. We too need to arm ourselves with the Bible so we can have the right words to defend ourselves. Words can be a powerful weapon. God’s Word is truth and the devil can’t handle the truth.
Our prayers also hold clout, not because they’re coming from our mouths, but because they are communication from our hearts to our heavenly Father. He loves to hear from us. He promises to answer our prayers – He will never depart from us – He’s trustworthy – He’s in charge.
God, I don’t know what will happen in the next hours or days, but I know your plans include me. You love me so much that you gave the life of your only Son to free me from the bondage of sin. You are the One I can count on. I pray for my country, for my fellow believers, for those who would harm us and for this world to finally come to know you. We all need your presence in our lives. Amen!