In the Name of Jesus
Friday, March 1, 2019
His name was Abdel Azim. When I was a child, just to look at him filled my mind with images of the man from whom Jesus had cast out many demons: he was disheveled, sometimes bare-chested, and violent, as he roamed about in our town (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39). He terrified me. Eventually, he stabbed and killed one of our neighbors.
Muslims, in general, dabble a lot with the underworld. I personally have encountered many instances of demonic possession and evil spirit activities among them. Once when I was preaching in an Islamic capital, there was a young Muslim lady in the meeting who clearly had an evil spirit. When the pastor and I prayed for her, the demons were cast out and she was totally changed. As the Gospel spreads among Muslims, the local church needs divine power to cast out evil spirits in the mighty name of Jesus.
Almighty Christ, Son of God, Savior and Redeemer, come in your power and deliver many Muslims today from the grip of Satan. You love Muslims. You died to save them. I pray that you will empower your church among them to pray and fast and proclaim your victory over the evil one.
The church in Muslim lands faces the powers of darkness. We look to you, O Lord, and pray as one of the ancient kings prayed: “O LORD, only you can help the weak against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we depend on you, and in your name we have marched against this army” (2 Chronicles 14:11, SAB).
Give your church the faith and boldness to defeat evil spirits and cast them out of people and places they have long occupied.
Glory be to you, our God. You are able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to your power at work within us. Glory be to you in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).
God who gives peace will soon crush Satan under your feet (Romans 16:20, SAB).