Jesus Meets A Big, Bad Demon, Mark 9:14-29

Good day to all of you!

Pastor Ryan here to give you this week’s 2nd look.

 

This past Sunday we discussed spiritual warfare. We took a deeper look at some lessons we can learn about warfare and how to be victorious. Below is a little excerpt on 2 daily prayers that are absolutely essential in our daily lives (take from ransomedheart.com).

 

When you stop and think about it, there really are all kinds of prayer. Praying for guidance is quite different from praying for someone’s healing; prayer of confession is very different from praying for a loved one’s salvation.

But there are two essential forms of prayer we’d like to suggest ought to be part of your regular practice.

Taking Your Place in Christ Each Day

“Remain in me,” Jesus said, “and I will remain in you.” There is a decision to be made; apparently, we can wander away from Jesus. He urges us to take up a practice of “remaining” in him, because he goes on to say, “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). And don’t we all know that to be true! Life just doesn’t work without the help of Jesus.

Now, God set about the restoration of our lives through the work of Jesus Christ—his cross, resurrection, and ascension. Taking our place in the work of Christ on a daily basis produces marvelous results and often takes care of issues we didn’t even know how to address.

Cutting off the Attacks

The second essential is essential because we live in a world at war. What an eye-opener this is when you come to see it! Jesus warned, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10). You have an enemy, and many of the things you are praying over are taking place because he is in fact trying to steal, kill, and destroy as Jesus warned. Ignore this and there is no real chance of making it through to the life you want for yourself and those you love. But again, God has provided everything we need to cut off the enemy from our life—if we will take advantage of it.

These two essentials make up the heart of what we call the Daily Prayer—so named because we pray it daily. Give it a try—give this prayer ten days of earnest engagement, and you are going to be thrilled with the results!

 

I invite all of you to take some time as you begin and end each day remembering your place in Christ, proclaiming and celebrating it with Jesus, and then speaking against spiritual attacks in the name of Jesus.

Below is an example:

 

Taking my place in Christ.

Jesus I thank you for the work you did on the cross for me. I want to proclaim that the blood you shed for me on the cross makes me holy and blameless before God. I want to proclaim that Jesus you are victorious over my sin and rebellion. I want to proclaim your love covers me, your grace defines me, and your power transforms me and leads me. Oh Lord, I celebrate that you are my king and my Savior and the love of my life, may your kingdom come in my heart as it is in heaven. Oh Jesus, it is because of you that I can stand before the throne of grace with confidence knowing that I am fully loved and at peace with you right now. Be glorified in me and through me today.

 

Cutting Off The Enemy’s Attacks.

At this very moment, I proclaim the authority of Jesus Christ over my life, over my family, over my kingdom and domain. The authority in the blood of Christ cover me, and now I wish to pray against any foul thing, any act of witchcraft, any curse that has been laid upon me by someone else or even by myself, and any claim made over my life by the enemy. I cancel all of these in the name of Jesus Christ. It is his power and his authority alone within which I make this stand. I take up the armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the breast plate of righteousness, the belt of truth, my feet shoed with the readiness of the gospel; the sword of the spirit; and the shield of faith. Oh, Lord in your strength and in your power, please allow me to stand against the enemy for as you said in Scripture: “resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Thank you Jesus that I’m not alone. Thank you God that your authority rests upon me and that you are my strength today. Amen.

 

 

These are two examples of prayers you can make to take your place in Jesus, and to cut off the enemy’s attacks. This is not a formula kind of thing, this is a starting point. The most important thing is to pray as yourself, but if you don’t know where to begin, this might help you.

 

Have a great week everyone and may the peace of God grow and settle in your hearts! You are loved!

 

Pastor Ryan