Know Your Enemy Recent tragic events, especially the massacre in Las Vegas carried out by a man unquestionably under the influence of demonic forces, jarringly remind us: Satan’s goal is to kill, steal and destroy. And you, your family, God’s people—even His creation—are his targets. He is on the march. Are you equipped to defeat him? Do you even know his tactics? What weapons he uses?
Adrian Rogers’ message “Overcoming the Evil One” is timeless truth we must examine. As a starting point, we begin with Our Lord’s model prayer:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but _____________ us from _______: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Note especially verse 13: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” which may also be rightly translated: “Deliver us from the Evil One.”
When you were saved, you were brought into a battle. Not to a religious playground or Sunday School picnic, but a fight to the finish with no holds barred against a sinister enemy. We are up against the demonized, mobilized, hosts and forces of Hell.
THIS STUDY WILL HAVE TWO SECTIONS: 1. KNOW YOUR ENEMY—The Basics about Satan 2. KNOW HOW TO DEFEAT HIM
1. KNOWING YOUR ENEMY
It’s always been the devil's tactic to pull the veil of darkness over his kingdom so we'll not understand who he is. The devil knows—and military leaders will tell you—in any battle you must understand your enemy. He knows if we do not understand him or recognize him, we won’t be prepared to fight and defeat him.
My prayer is that God the Holy Spirit will so use this message and His Word that we'll pull away the mask, pull down the veil, and expose our adversary, the devil, for who he is.
Satan Is A Decided Fact—He Is Real
The Lord Jesus Himself taught us to pray, “Father, deliver us from the Evil One,” and by saying that, Jesus clearly indicates the devil in not a figment of the imagination.
Some people think if you believe in the reality of the devil, you believe some leftover mythology or medieval superstition. But the devil is Bible fact and present day reality.
His cleverest ruse is to make you believe he doesn't exist. Some people laugh at the idea of a devil. They see him as some sort of cartoon character in long red underwear with horns and a forked tail, holding a pitchfork. The image is comical, like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. That’s fine with the devil. Just as long as we don’t believe he’s real.
Others take him seriously but think he is in Hell. He is not currently in Hell, though he will be one day. Some think the devil reigns over Hell. He does not now, nor will he ever, reign in Hell. When he goes to Hell, he will be incarcerated in Hell. Tormented in Hell.
1. Turn to Matthew 25:41 and fill in some key words:
Then shall He [Jesus] say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for ____ _________ and ____ ___________.
Who was Hell prepared for?
But he is not there yet.
2. Turn to 1 Peter 5:8. 8 Be ___________, be _______________; because your ___________________, the devil, as a ____________ ________, walketh about, seeking whom he may _______________.
The Word of God compares the devil to a lion. What do you think of when you think of a lion? Lurking, ready to pounce, ready to maul, ready to devour. If you were walking through a jungle populated by ravenous lions, wouldn't you look where you walked? Wouldn't you be serious minded, on guard, looking around? This is the devil’s personality—a roaring lion. He is a person with the attributes of a person, but he is the bitterest enemy of God, and His people.
If you want a blessing, think of the names of Jesus. If you want a warning, consider the names of the devil.
3. What are the names the Bible gives the devil? Those names provide insight into his personality.
a.-1. Turn to Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which ________________ the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
a. 2. Turn Revelation 23:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should _____________ the nations no more…
a. 3. Turn to Revelation 20:10 And the devil that _______________ them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Name: The D_______________
b. Turn to John 8:44. (We will look at this verse twice.) Ye are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the ___________, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a ____, he speaketh of his own: for he is a ______, and the father of it.
c. Look again at John 8:44 He was a ________________ from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
d. Turn to Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the _______________ of our brethren is cast down, which _____________ them before our God day and night.
e.-1. Turn to Matthew 4:3 And when the ______________ came to Him, he said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”
e.-2. Turn to 1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the _______________ have ____________ you, and our labour be in vain.
f. Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon [Destroyer], but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon [Destroyer, both in Greek and Hebrew].
g. Turn to Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the ___________ of the __________ of the _____, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Name: the P____________ of the ____________ of the _______
4. Write these names together as a group now to get a more complete picture:
D_________________ L________________ M_________________ A_______________ T___________________ D_________________ P__________ of the ________________ of the _______.
If you do not understand how bitter your enemy is, you'll not be prepared either to defend yourself or to overcome and defeat him in your life and the lives of your family members.
5. Turn to 2 Corinthians 4:4.
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
What does the Bible call the devil here? “The _____ of _______ ______________.”
But how did he get his start? How did he get to be the devil? Did God create the devil?
Many people do not know that at one time the devil inhabited Heaven. The prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into what caused his fall, resulting in his becoming Satan, our adversary. God did not create “Satan;” rather, He created the most glorious angel in Heaven, known as “Lucifer, son of the morning.” Heaven was his dwelling place, serving God. He was majestically beautiful.
What happened? Isaiah tells us.
6. Turn to Isaiah chapter 14, which begins talking about Israel’s conquerors from Babylon. Verses 4-11 are a song taunting the whole Babylonian system. But then the passage changes course… (Isaiah 14:12-14)
12 How art thou ____________ ______ ___________, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will __________ my throne ___________ the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ____________ above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
“I will be like God!” Lucifer proclaimed. A heart lifted up with pride sealed his fate. No sooner did he utter that challenge than the thunder of God's wrath rolled down the corridors of Heaven, and he was banished. No longer “Lucifer, son of the morning,” he became Satan, father of the night.
7. How many statements of “I will” do you find in the above passage?
8. We can be fairly sure this passage in Isaiah is talking about Lucifer/Satan because the Lord Jesus Christ uses the same exact 3 words in Luke 10:18, describing Satan’s fall. Turn to Luke 10:18 and compare verse 12 (above) in Isaiah to Luke.
18 And He [Jesus] said unto them [the disciples], “I beheld __________ as lightning _____ _______ __________.”
9. For context, look at the verses immediately preceding what Jesus said. See verse 17. What were the disciples excited about?
Before he fell, as Ryrie says, “Satan in his original wisdom and beauty was the consummation of perfection.” Now his unholy ambition is to pull God from His throne, literally overthrow God, a rebel in revolt against the Almighty. How foolish is that?
Ezekiel 28:11-19 helps us understand how Satan could ever think he could overthrow his Creator: his wisdom was corrupted because of his pride.
10. Turn to Ezekiel chapter 28. The chapter begins with God commissioning Ezekiel to pronounce judgment upon the King of Tyre. But by verse 12, similar to the Isaiah passage, the focus changes. He’s switched from the king to describing Satan. We know this because verses 11-19 cannot refer to a human being, for this person has superhuman qualities. It is not a human being. It is Satan.
a. In what ways was he perfect?
b. Where had he been that no humans except Adam and Eve had seen?
c. What were his coverings?
d. His responsibilities were the most impressive: he guarded the throne of God.
e. He was blameless until _________________________ was found in him. Pride was his downfall.
f. Before he fell, when Lucifer served as one of God’s archangels, some scholars believe he had another prominent gift: by his very nature, Satan is a musical being.
The last part of verse13 reads:
…the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
From this text, it may be that when Lucifer the archangel spoke, it would be like great music. It would be like an oratorio. He had pipes and tabrets within him. His voice may have sounded like a pipe organ.
We will see later, as we discuss what the description “Prince of the Power of the air” fully means, the role his musicianship plays.
Verses 16-19 pronounce his judgment, an end that will finally occur in Revelation 20:10, when he and his minions are cast into the lake of fire:
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
His Chief Weapon
Deception. It’s been that way since the Garden of Eden, when he deceived Eve.
His Chief Purpose(s): To Overthrow God To Take Us Out
As we’ve seen, his chief desire is to overthrow God and be worshipped himself instead. In tandem with that goal, he wants destroy mankind, created in the image of God, and destroy God’s creation, as John 10:10 tells us.
His Mode of Operation
10. Turn to John 10:10. Again, Jesus is speaking of the devil:
10 The thief cometh not, but for to ___________, and to _______, and to _______________: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11. We’ve looked at this verse (John 8:44) earlier. Speaking to the Pharisees who wanted nothing more than to kill the Lord Jesus, He gives an overview of the devil’s résumé:
You are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is ___ _________ in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
In that salient verse, our Lord tells us two things about the devil:
His motive is murder.
His method is the lie. He deceives that he might deprave, destroy, and damn.
12. Three verses mention three of the means Satan uses to trap us. a. Turn to Ephesians 6:11
Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the _______ of the devil.
“Wiles” is the word we get our English word “methods” from. The devil is methodical. He's willing to wait. He'll let you succeed, that you might further fall. He will let you get away with sin, that sin might greatly entrap and then snare you. He is quite content to be patient.
b. Turn to 2 Corinthians 2:11. The apostle Paul said,
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his ____________.
But many today are ignorant of the devil’s devices!
c. Turn to 2 Timothy 2:26
And that they may recover themselves out of the ___________ of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Put those three terms together—wiles, devices, snares—that’s the enemy we have.
He has great power. It is sheer folly to underestimate the power of the devil, or to doubt his power. In fact, when the Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray, He was so aware of the power of the devil that He warned every one of us when we pray to ask, “Lord, deliver us from the Evil One.”
Why do we need deliverance? Because he is so powerful. Acts 26:18 and Ephesians 6:12 speak of the power of Satan.
13. Turn to 2 Thessalonians 2:9. Paul, warning us about the Antichrist, says
And even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with _____ ________ and lying wonder.
The devil is a supernatural person! He has supernatural power, dark power, devilish power, unholy power, chilling power. As Martin Luther wrote in the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe. His power and craft are great and armed with cruel hate. On earth isnot his equal.
14. When Lucifer fell, He took one-third of the angels with him. Today we call them demons, and Satan is lord of them.
Ephesians 6:12 describes this malevolent force:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against _________________, against_____________, against the _____________ of the __________________ of this world, against spiritual wickedness in _________ places.
A CLOSER LOOK AT “WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD”
This passage could leave us scratching our heads. The Amplified Bible makes it clearer: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly [supernatural] places.” No wonder then he’s also called “the Prince of the Power of the Air.” The Contemporary English Version is even more specific: We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. Far from being confined somewhere in Hell, Satan operates from high places. We human beings have difficulty fully getting a grasp on who our enemy is. We want to fight flesh and blood, because we can’t quite fathom fighting anything else. The battle may be within man, but it's never between men.
The devil is a personality. He may have five thousand heads, but he has one heart. An evil one.
Through his demon spirits, he not only controls individuals, but literally works to control nations. So often at the UN, at the negotiating table, the devil is an unseen presence. Demon spirits under his command (“rulers of this present darkness”) are influencing leaders all over this world. If you question that, consider this:
A CLOSER LOOK AT SATAN’S INFLUENCE UPON WORLD LEADERS
Demonic influence is how the Battle of Armageddon will come to pass. On the Island of Patmos, the apostle John had a vision. He saw one of the most grotesque images ever witnessed in the spirit. Revelation 16: “13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. John wondered what these frog-like spirits were. God revealed that in the next verse. Pay attention to this: 14 For they are the spirits of devils [demons], working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Demon spirits controlling world kings, gathering them “to the battle of the great day of God Almighty.” The Bible goes on to say he “gathered them to a place called Armageddon." Demonized forces are in this world,working in the hearts and minds of world rulers to bring them to the Battle of Armageddon. Remember, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities; against powers, against [note] the rulers of the darkness of this world,” which also may be translated “world rulers of this darkness.” Demon spirits, influencing leaders all over the world. Remember 2 Corinthians 4:4 says the devil is called “The God of this world.” Demonic forces are at work, influencing world leaders. Your enemy is not a human being. It’s not the Republicans, the Democrats or the Independents. So often the reason we don't win the battle is, we never show up for the war! We're not wrestling against flesh and blood.
SATAN IS A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE
When you think of “Deliver us from evil,” you think of danger. We must understand just how dangerous our enemy is.
The Bible teaches that in the last days there will be a resurgence of demonic power, destroying civilization as we know it. I believe the world is about to enter into the Great Tribulation after the Rapture of the church. What will people be like during the Great Tribulation?
15. Turn to Revelation 9:21
Neither repented they of their _____________, nor of their _______________, nor of their ___________________, nor of their ____________. Revelation 9:21
The most prominent sins during the Tribulation will be these four:
Murder—look at the violence now in our streets and the unrepentant abortion rate.
Sorcery—(in Greek, pharmakia, meaning “an enchanter with drugs.”) We have exponential use of drugs today. It is a form of synthetic salvation, drugs producing instant “heaven” leading to eternal Hell. The devil is behind the drug culture, and the biggest pusher is the devil himself.
Fornication— Satan is a destructive force through all forms of media and the internet. Sexual sin dominates the world of music, movies and TV. Almost all sex on television is outside of marriage. Remember the Ezekiel passage we looked at, which some scholars believe may indicate that Lucifer was also particularly gifted in music. Much of rock music glorifies drugs, sex, and even devil worship. As “Prince of the Power of the Air,” he knows how to manipulate the air waves to destroy lives.
His very name, Lucifer, means “Lightbearer.” Turn to 2 Corinthians 11:13-14. Here the apostle Paul is lamenting the presence of false teachers who appeared in the early church and began wielding influence.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for __________ himself is transformed into an __________ of _________.
Paul is saying, “This doesn’t surprise me, nor should it surprise you, because even Satan masquerades as an _____________ of ___________.
Al this about him, taken together, tells me the devil is a master of media.
Thievery: graft, greed, corruption, bribery—they run the gamut from politicians and corporate titans down to the smallest embezzlement from an employer.
16. Satan is also a destructive force through false doctrine. Turn to 1Timothy 4:1.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall ____________ ________from the faith, giving heed to seducing ____________ and doctrines of ___________.”
Can you imagine for a moment embracing teaching that was actually doctrine straight from Hell?
I have said many times, when you look for the devil, never fail to look in the pulpit, where it’s possible “Satan himself is transformed as an angel of light.” The apostle John in Revelation calls some churches "synagogues of Satan." Satan has his ministers. They preach another Christ than the Christ of the Bible. We see that today in the compromising of the Gospel and the clear teaching of the Word of God on today’s social issues. The devil has warped and twisted the minds of people as he has denied, perverted and twisted the Word of God.
BUT SATAN IS A DEFEATED FOE
2. KNOWING HOW TO DEFEAT HIM
All this looks very grim, and it is. But we also must understand that when Jesus taught us to pray, "And deliver us from the Evil One," He followed that immediately with, “For Thine is the kingdom, and Thine is the power, and Thine is the glory forever." The devil may be powerful, but God is ALL-powerful.
The kingdom does not belong to Satan ultimately. It belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. He legally purchased it back with His own blood at Calvary. The Resurrection put Gods seal upon the contract! All those who follow Satan are going to end up where Satan ends up, for Hell is “prepared for the devil and his angels.”
HOW YOU OVERCOME THE EVIL ONE
Three cords run through the Bible:
The dark, somber cord of Satan's revolt.
The crimson cord of blood redemption.
The golden cord of the second coming of Jesus Christ. It’s not “mastery over the devil” you need. It is the Master of the devil, the Lord Jesus Christ. You must know Christ. You must know the Master of the devil if you would overcome the devil. And you can know Him.
Here is how we overcome. God gives us these power tools:
1. BY THE BLOOD
17. Turn to John 12:31. When Jesus Christ went to the cross, He said, speaking of Satan,
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the ___________ of this world be _______ _____.
What is going to happen to Satan?
18. Now turn to Revelation 12:11.
And they [the saints] _________________ him [Satan] by the ____________ of the Lamb…
Are your sins under the blood of Christ? Are you saved by the power of the blood? Jesus breaks the power of cancelled sin, as the hymn says. “He sets the prisoner free. His blood can make the foulest clean. His blood availed for me.”
2. BY THE WORD OF YOUR TESTIMONY
19. Continuing Revelation 12:11
… and by the ________ of their __________________.
What does “by the word of their testimony mean? These overcoming believers were not ashamed to confess Christ openly and publicly, saying, “I believe Christ is the Son of God.” Verse 11 continues, “And they loved not their lives unto the death.” That is, they said, “As much as is in me, I'm going with God, and I'm going for God with every inch, every ounce, every nerve, every fiber! Even if it costs me my life.” They laid it all on the line.
3. BY PUTTING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
We overcome the devil when we who have received Christ as Lord and Savior take up and put on the whole armor of God.
You know this: Before any pilot—commercial, private, or Air Force fighter jet—takes off, he runs through a checklist. Here is your checklist!
20. Turn to Ephesians 6 again, reviewing verses 11-13. Are you wearing each piece of this armor?
11 Put on the _________ armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Notice he says here the whole armor, not just part of it. A soldier protected in one spot but vulnerable in another was going to be killed.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the ___________ armor of God,
Any time God says something once, we should pay attention. But when he repeats it twice in one paragraph, we should sit up and be on the alert!
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and ____________ ________ _____, to ___________.
Take your place and stand your ground, your feet firmly planted in the Word of God.
14 ________ therefore,
Note—three times he has said “stand” in one passage.
having your loins girt about with _________,
Remember, Satan is the “father of lies,” the Lord Jesus said. The antidote for that is the truth. You won’t know the truth if you are not in the Word of God.
and having on the breastplate of ____________________;
If you are in Christ, you are clothed with His righteousness
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the __________ of peace;
16 Above all, taking the ____________ of __________, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the ______________ of salvation,
What did the helmet protect? The head. The mind. One of Satan’s most frequent attacks is in the area of our minds. He gets our thinking processes warped and tangled up when we are not seeing life through the prism of the Word of God. How does salvation protect our minds, our thinking? Salvation gives us an entirely new worldview.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:5
…but we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
17 and the __________ of the Spirit, which is the ________ of God:
Did you know that the Word of God is a sword, able to take out the enemy? It is! In all this armor, note that the Word of God (Sword of the Spirit) is our only offensive weapon. All the other armor is protective. But this armor goes on the offense.
The Word of God is your best offensive weapon. This is why you need to be (1) Reading the Word daily and (2) committing it to your memory.
This is why Bible memorization for children is so important. Get that Sword firmly in their grasp while they are young. “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin again thee” Psalm 119:11.
The importance of the Word of God and memorizing it is a separate message all in itself!
The point is: Quoting Scripture out loud to the devil is a battle cry he dreads. Make his minions shrink from you when you begin wielding the Sword of the Spirit and brandishing it boldly! Speak His Word to the devil. Speak it out loud.
18 _____________ always with all prayer and supplication [earnest, intensive prayer] in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
“Supplication” means more than just a casual, throwaway prayer: “God bless the world, God bless all the missionaries…” Get intentional! Get specific! Be intent!
Here are your weapons against the devil. Here is how you overcome him:
The Blood of the Lamb Are you saved? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? If so, you are under the blood and clothed in His righteousness. Don’t forget to remind the devil of that. Frequently. Jesus “breaks the power of cancelled sin! He sets the prisoner free! His blood can make the foulest clean! His blood availed for me.” Is there someone you are holding up to the Lord in earnest prayer and that person is also saved? Remind the devil that they are blood-bought and are God’s property under the blood. The devil hates the blood of Jesus Christ and recoils from it.
The Word of your testimony Speak it boldly. Testify directly to the devil and his minions what God has done for you. Remind them: They are already a defeated foe! I don’t think they want to hang around long to hear that. Be “in their face” with it.
The Armor of God Consciously put on the armor. Every. Single. Day. Dress yourself for the battle. Don’t be a soldier caught in the crossfire without your weapons, both defensive and offensive.
The Word of God—the Sword of the Spirit—Our Offensive Weapon Commit to memorizing at least 1 verse per week. Everyone can do that if you choose to.
Prayer Sidlow Baxter said, “Surely the devil must say to his demons, ‘Boys, keep them from prayer! Because if we can keep them from praying, we can beat them every time. But if they pray, they'll beat us every time.’”
Here’s something for you to think about. We’ve heard a lot recently about missiles. Long-range missiles. Short-range missiles. Which missiles have been fired recently and how far they can reach. But Adrian Rogers has famously compared prayer to a guided missile.
You may want to print this off and tape it to your mirror or place it in your Bible as a reminder that you literally have at your fingertips a guided missile against the devil.
Prayer—the Guided Missile
Let me tell you what the Christian’s secret weapon is. It’s prayer. Prayer is like an intercontinental ballistic missile. Let me tell you why it’s so great.
Dear friend, you can launch this missile and…
First, it can be fired from any spot, at any time, day or night.
Second, it travels silently, undetected.
Third, it travels swiftly—at the speed of thought.
Fourth, it hits the target every time.
Fifth, it can be fired with delayed detonation. When the missile lands, it can explode 50 years later, a hundred years later. Two thousand years ago, Jesus prayed for me that great high priestly prayer. In John 17:6-24, Jesus prayed for those who would believe on Him through the words of the apostles. And His prayer is being answered today. That missile is exploding in my heart tonight. You may be praying for a loved one, but don’t see an answer yet. Do not give up. Sometimes there is delayed detonation.
Last of all, the devil has no defense against it. There is no anti-prayer missile. The devil can’t shoot it down.
This kind of prayer is unstoppable. The devil can't stop me from praying. He cannot keep my prayers from being heard. And he cannot keep God from answering.
Are you saved? Then you need not fear! You need not flee! You can stand in the name of Jesus. But you're not going to stand apart from prayer.
The battle is won through the blood of the Lamb, the word of your testimony, the armor of God, the sword of the Sprit, and prayer.
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