Pray Continually for Those in Your Care
July 23, 2014
Key Verse: James 5:16
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
If God delivered you and set you free, you are free indeed. You cannot help but be free when you know the truth. The Bible says Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil, and God wants you to know that it is finished.
The devil is not crazy, though. He knows that God has defeated him and sentenced him to the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10). Until the time comes when he will be bound and cast into that burning lake with death and Hades, the deceiver is doing his best to keep us from preaching this gospel of the kingdom. As long as the church remains clueless about God’s plan for the kingdom, Jesus cannot come back. We have a job to do first, and we will not complete it until the church understands and fulfills its assignment.
The real reason the devil harasses you is to get at your Daddy. He cannot touch the Father, so he goes after His children. When you truly understand that you are a child of the King—if you ever get it in your heart and mind just how much God loves you—then you can tell Satan, “Devil, you have messed up. I am the child of the King. If you mess with me, you mess with Him; and He has decreed that no weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
In the same way, you must understand that the devil will retarget his attack toward your children as you become kingdom-minded. When you become strong in the Word, he cannot bother you; so he will go after the people you love instead. For that reason, the more you grow in the Spirit, the more time you should spend on your knees praying for your children or other family members.
Lord Jesus, thank You for setting me free indeed! Now I have a responsibility to pray continually for those You have placed in my care. Lord, I ask that You keep and protect my family in the power of Your name. Guide their steps and deliver them from every device of the evil one. May You be glorified in their lives. I commit them into Your hands, Lord. Thank You for all You have done, for all You shall do, and for who You are—the risen Lord, Messiah, and King of kings.