1 Peter 5:8 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.
The children of God have a great enemy whose name is Satan. The title ‘Satan’ means adversary – one who opposes another in purpose or act. In addition to the name Satan, he is also called: The Devil (slanderer or false accuser); Evil One; Father of Lies; Murderer; Thief; A Roaring Lion; and The Serpent. Satan’s power is so great that even Michael, the archangel, did not dare to confront Satan in his own strength, but instead said – ‘The Lord rebuke thee.’ (Jude, vs 9)
God does not want us to fear the devil, nor to become fascinated with him; yet the Lord does want us to be aware of his presence and activity. Satan is our adversary and he is searching for lives that he can swallow up and destroy. Often he does so through anger, bitterness, lust and greed. Yet perhaps one of his most effective tools is to cause us to become distracted and lose interest in the things of God.
How do we resist the devil? Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that we must do so through –
- Biblical truth
- Purity of character
- The Power of the Gospel
- Mindset of Salvation
- Word of God
It seems to me that Paul also included a seventh element that is very important – Prayer.
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.
It is a foolish Christian and a foolish church that does not believe that Satan will attack them. Unfortunately many of us fail to recognize Satan’s attack because we are looking for something hideous. Instead we should be looking for something hidden. Though he is a roaring lion, he attacks through plots and schemes.
Paul encouraged us to protect ourselves and to pray for each other. There are many today who are struggling with Satan and maybe don’t even know it. Therefore we must pray for those who aren’t praying for themselves.