By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:7-13
Scripture Quote: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19 (NIV)
Christians are in training, being taught persistent, believing prayer that intercedes against Satan's rule in the world. Believer's stand for Jesus' Lordship and defy anarchy and misery that Satan wants in every area of life. Our prayers are not a last resort or a form of begging, but they serve to enforce Christ's victory. Satan’s end is certain, but unless Christ's believers, His Bride, continue in prayer against Satan, the church's authority would be completely inoperative.
Faithful prayer, without doubt, overcomes and crushes Satan's plans. The idea of binding and loosing in prayer simply means that what we claim as ungodly will be vanquished and the opposite will be embraced by our Lord, provided we are faithful prayer warriors in pursuit of God's glory. Satan's goal is to inflict all the hurt he possibly can. We are the only means of preventing Satan from achieving his goal. When we pray for someone who is unsaved, we bind Satan's grip on that person and loose the healing power of Christ’s salvation. He could have banished Satan, but instead, God’s using him to strengthen and train Christ’s church in defeating evil in our world today.
Today’s meditation: Pray Christ’s victory without ceasing.
Memory Verse: "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18 (NIV)