“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5.8-9
We often focus on the first verse in this passage, and rightly so, because our enemy is very real. But v. 9 continues with a call to recognize that Satan is after God’s children wherever they are. When we realize that truth, we don’t need to have a pity part for ourselves because Satan is “picking on us.” We need to grasp the magnitude of his attack and pray for our brothers and sisters around the globe. Do you have a copy of the missionaries that your church supports and the countries where they are located? If not, why not get one and then begin to pray for a different one each day, and for the ones they reach for Christ, because in many areas of our world, when someone turns to Christ, they are rejected by their families and friends. A diligent prayer life will enable us to build a hedge of protection around our missionaries and their families and their converts. That doesn’t mean that Satan will leave them alone, but our prayers will strengthen them to fight another day, reach another soul, plant another church, and baptize another convert.
our first area of need is to recognize the “realness” of our enemy, Satan. Once we realize that, we then can begin to pray for knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual power to be an overcomer not a victim. Then we can realize that others in our family of believers are also being attacked, and we can pray for them. And them, expand our circle to include our missionary families and their converts wherever they are around the globe. We have our hands full with these tasks but the victory is worth the effort. Just my thoughts …