Thank you for your part in this prayer campaign. Thank you for caring about the people on the Rosebud Reservation, and for praying against the spiritual forces that inflict suicide there.
Remember our Lord's warnings:
"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
- It is not enough to cast out the evil - it must be displaced and replaced by the Holy Spirit. Please continue to pray, especially from our guiding Psalm verse (119:92), that the Spirit will make the words of Jesus clear and let his joy flourish on the Rosebud.
- Demons will look for opportunity to return. Continue, as the Spirit moves you, to plead the blood of Jesus over the people of the Rosebud. Ask the Lord to put them under the protection of his cross.
- There are historical and social forces working with the spirits - please pray that Christians on the Rosebud will honor their parents and love their communities but not be pulled away from Christ.
Thank you for uniting in prayer, dear intercessors. If I might make one more request, several of us (local Anglicans) will be volunteering time to the Vote Yes for Life campaign here today... please pray for this effort to stop abortion as birth control in South Dakota. The work against "the destroyer" goes on, and we need the Lord's help.
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.