Fighting the Devil
How do we fight the devil when he is trying to manipulate a situation involving another person? We must pray specifically for blessings on that other person. Jesus commands us, "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).
Even if our flesh is demanding vengeance, we need to pray for that person. We can find victory and forgiveness in praying for our enemies. When we look past our daily grievances and annoyances and stay heaven-focused, our outlook on life will change. Our lives won't become easier, but we will have the proper perspective in facing our battles.
When temptations and spiritual attacks overwhelm us, where do we turn? If we are trying to face them with our own strength instead of God's, we will weaken quickly. If we try to use our own intellect instead of the Holy Spirit's guidance, we will fail. We must keep our relationship with God our top priority so we will easily remember where to go for help.
Prayer: Father, help me to pray for blessings for others, specifically for those who are difficult for me to love. I need Your help and guidance so that I will not fall for the devil's schemes. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears" (Psalm 18:6).
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