The devil is very real, he is very powerful, and he has an army of demons who follow his every assignment. He and his army are the source and the energy of evil in our world. Jesus has this to say about the devil in John 8:44-45, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” What does it mean when Jesus says that the devil is the father of those He is speaking to? He is saying that their behavior, choices, and leadership is controlled to a high degree by the devil and his demons. Jesus also says that the devil is the father of lies, that is he tempts, initiates, and puts it into people’s minds to tell lies. Jesus says that the devil was a murderer from the beginning, meaning that it was the devil who prompted Cain to murder his brother Abel. One of the devils primary targets to be murdered is children. He prompted Pharaoh to have all Hebrew baby boys killed, the devil is the one who prompted Herod in Matthew 2:16 “Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.” Today he is the one who is driving the murder of millions of unborn children in the name of freedom of choice. Watching the political scene today abortion has become the major focal point that divides. Those who defend a woman’s right to choose do so with an obsession that is beyond human reasoning and rational thought. The devil is alive and well in the United States of America. The church is the army that God intends to resist the kingdom of darkness, and our main offensive weapon is prayer. God could destroy the devil and his demons with a single breath, but He limits the devils work now, on the basis of the prayers of the church, and if Christians are to busy to pray much, we get what we have today.