Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:5
Let us start today’s reflection with this prayer, “May our lives be fdled with God’s assurance of divine security even in the presence of the enemies ” – Amen. Some Christians are not comfortable when the enemies are around them; so they wish and pray for the death of the enemies. “Die by fire” has become a standard anthem in the prayers of some believers. Partly responsible for this trend is the terror the enemies are unleashing on people’s lives, and this has enslaved some believers in ‘fear for the enemy’. These believers prefer the enemy to die, because of the wrong thinking that their peace is guaranteed only in the absence of the enemies. Without delay in lamenting the shallowness of this orientation and the non- Christo-centric nature of such prayers. God wants us to know that our peace, our security and our joy are not predicated on the presence or absence of the enemies.
In biblical terms, there arc two kinds of enemies – the demonic kind (the real enemy) and the human kind (people of evil will). According to Jesus, “The enemy is the devil” (Matthew 13:39). When Jesus tells us to “love our enemies,” he certainly is not speaking of the devil. He was talking about people in your life who have become tools used by Satan to make you miserable. As you continue to grow in the Lord and enjoying divine favour, you will be marked as a target by the devil and his wicked spirits. Your adversary, the accuser, will attack you physically and spiritually. And he’ll stir up trouble for you among your human enemies.
The amazing thing is that you are not supposed to focus much of your attention and prayer on the enemies. Rather let your attention and prayer be on the abiding presence of the Lord and what He is doing for you. What is God doing?, He is setting a banquet for you even in the presence of the enemies, but many believers are not enjoying the divine supply of blessing set before them, because they arc gazing and losing their sleep because the enemies are around.
Psalm 91:5-10, says; “You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.” Contrary to God’s word, believers are becoming more afraid of the terror, the arrows, the pestilence and the destructions of the evil one, instead of making sure that they make the Lord their refuge. Do you not know that excessive fear at the presence of the evil one is an expression of faithlessness in God’s ability to keep you safe? God only promised you that the agents of death will bypass your home, but not that they will not operate. Look at the life of King David, with numerous enemies’ right from his early days, but in their presence God took him to higher plains. What Jesus taught you to pray is that God should deliver you from evil. Learn to have faith in God’s word that says; “… Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.” (Exodus 14:13-14).
- Thank God for assuring you of His protection even in the presence of the enemies.
- Lord, the enemies shall no longer take away my peace and my sleep- in the Name of Jesus.
- Take this prayer: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
- Pray with Psalm 3:1-8 (meditatively).
Exercise: For the next 14 days, take Psalm 3:1-8 every morning and watch how much peace you will have.
Memory Verse: Psalm 27:6