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The Devil Prowls Around

1 Peter 5:8-9

8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

RevRayCalling all Prayer Warriors!  This morning I feel compelled (obligated, duty-bound) to call on all who will to pray for the church and for your pastors and leaders. Whichever church you may attend – please pray for your church family and leaders.  According to Scripture we are to be awake and aware and ready: 1 Peter 5:8-98 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,

The devil is out there and wants nothing more than to devour the Church! Part of standing firm is to stay in prayer together. Pray that the devil not be given even a foothold in our lives and in the church. As Scripture says; Ephesians 4:25-2825 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

I urge you than to pray for the following and more as the Spirit leads:

1. Pray for your pastors and leaders to stand firm in their faith with Jesus.  Pray that they will feel the support of prayer warriors as they battle for the faith.

2. Pray for a spirit of harmony in the church – it is not necessary for us to always agree, we can even see some things differently – but we must be in harmony with the Word of God and with the essential purposes of the church. In order to reach the unchurched the church needs to present a harmonious tune in the Spirit! No one will want to join a church that is making a terrible noise – battling with each other rather than with Satan.

3. Pray against a spirit of bickering (internal strife). The battle is not against each other folks, it is not against flesh and blood, it is against the powers and principalities of evil. We should not shoot our own wounded, but rather love each other in spite of our shortcomings.

4. Pray against a spirit of pickiness. Some have been in negative mode for such a long season that it seems almost natural to look at what is wrong rather than what is right with the church or pastor/leaders. We should not let issues go unaddressed for sure but should handle them in love and not in attack mode!

5. Pray for the church’s daily devotion to Christ!  We cannot lead anyone to a place we have not been or strive to remain.

6. Pray for the believers to become disciples.  Not merely followers of Christ but disciples.  Disciples actively strive to not only live the Word of God but to draw others to it as well.  Disciples strive to make disciples.

As you pray – remember that the devil prowls around like a lion looking to devour the followers of Christ.  We cannot battle against the evil one alone – but only through our relationship with Jesus!  Deepen your walk with Jesus so that we might be victorious for His sake!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 29, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Prayer | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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