As we read in yesterday's post from Mark 9,
"I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not"... After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer."
We are entering the last week of a 40 day campaign, and like Jesus in the wilderness we probably find ourselves "famished" in some ways. Perhaps tired. Perhaps spiritually "dry." Certainly susceptible to demonic "button pushing."
Let me make three suggestions today:
- Do not lose focus. Remember that we are praying against the power of suicide on the Rosebud, and Satan would just love us to become self-absorbed instead of praying for the people there. If nothing else, pause as often as the Spirit moves you and send up an "arrow prayer" - "Father, deliver the people of the Rosebud from suicide. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen."
- Take time to read Ephesians 6:10-20 again. Connect each piece of equipment to Christ and then put it all on in prayer.
- Don't miss the instruction to pray for one another and remember that we lift our shields together. The evil one will launch his darts to scatter us. Unity in Christ, exercised in prayer, is powerful against the devil's forces.