When an individual is known for being a “false friend” or works on both sides in a fight, he/she is called “two-faced” or a “double agent”. The Devil, as you may know, is a master at this and has had eons to hone his skills. Our best weapon against the Devil is to chose to keep lines of communication open between family members, our communities, and our world despite our differences in opinion, and disagreements. When we talk about our differences with the intention of understanding, the Devil loses a foothold because his lies will not work. Along that same vein, prayer is an integral part of defying the Devil. In the bad times just as in the good times, we need to remember G-d’s promises and the truth about the workings of our lives. Remember this the two-faced individual plays on our minds through the voice of “reason”. I encourage you today to take a close look at the foundations of your life, establish communications with the people in your life, and never lose faith in them despite “did you hear …”.
Readings: Acts 5, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 22:21-33.
Of all the things we need in our life today, it is “Truth” and “context”. When we lose sight of either one of these two the Devil and his minions will be footsteps away from their target. Jesus said to the people listening to him “If you stay in my word you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31). We are not set free because we are skilled communicators and we are not set free because of our wealth. We need you today Father more than any other time in our history. Today there are many camps of thought each at odds with the other and these are breeding grounds for war. I know that the Devil will lead people to a great war over “ideals” and lose sight of who is hurt in the process. I pray for peace in my family, my community, city, state, and nation. I pray for the Ukraine, the people of Uvalde, and our world at large. You have given me the power and the authority over the affairs of my life please help to use that power and authority with respect and dignity. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).