1 Peter 5:8 | World Challenge

1 Peter 5:8

November 8, 2019

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.


Devotional Thoughts

By David Wilkerson

The Bible tells us very clearly that in these last days, the Church of Jesus Christ faces the wrath of an enraged devil. Satan knows his time is short and he is bent on devouring God’s people (see Revelation 12:12). Where does the devil direct his wrath? He is taking aim at families all over the world and his goal is simple: bring ruin and destruction to every home he possibly can.

Jesus referred to this demonic work when he described Satan, saying, “He was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). Indeed, we see the enemy’s destructive plan against the very first family — it was the devil who entered Cain and convinced him to kill his brother Abel.

There comes a time when certain life situations are beyond human hope and someone has to get to Jesus! In the gospel of John, we find such a family in crisis: “There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum” (John 4:46). This was a family of distinction, perhaps even royalty, yet a spirit of death hung over the home. But someone in that troubled family knew who Jesus was and had heard of his miraculous power. In desperation, the father took it upon himself to get to the Lord and Scripture tells us, “When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him” (4:47).

This nobleman was determined and when he got through to Jesus, he “implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death” (4:47). What a marvelous picture of intercession; this man set aside everything to seek the Lord. And then Christ spoke a word to him, which the man believed (see John 4:50), and he received his miracle!

Fervent, aggressive prayer combats Satan’s destructive aims to ruin your family. Pray in faith, believing that you will receive a miracle.