The devil is real. He seeks to do all followers of God harm. He is powerless, though, with the one word: Jesus. Recently, I’ve been struggling with praying. I’ve been either too ashamed to pray, or I’ve been feeling like I just can’t. There isn’t any explanation, really, why I feel this way. I remember to just say Jesus, but it’s getting there that the Devil tries to prevent…because he knows the power of prayer.
Jesus must win the battle and he already has. But tonight, we focus on what the Devil tempts us with. There are only two things that he can really do to us.
- He can try to shame us into thinking we are not good enough to pray, or makes you think there is something more important.
- I’ve known that personally. I hated that feeling and I hate feeling it. Why, you ask? Because Satan knows the power of prayer! Just saying Jesus and he has no where to go. He must flee from you when you use that name
- He will also try and convince you that there are more important things to do than prayer. Sometimes it’s a good thing. Most of the time it is because he is the great manipulator.
Now I see what it is and I can defend against it. Knowing that He is my refuge. No one else is good enough. I’ve learned that today in Church. There is no one that can keep me safe like Jesus. That name is more powerful than the devil.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.