In the New Testament book of Ephesians the Apostle Paul says that our struggles in life are not primarily with flesh and blood, meaning not with ourselves or with other people, but with evil forces, meaning the devil and his demons. Also in Ephesians Paul says, “don’t let the sun go down on your anger” that is if you get angry at someone, take care of it before the sun goes down, apologize, fix it, work it out, and if you don’t “you give the devil a foothold”. A foothold would be a place to hang on in our life, legal jurisdiction, as it were. Demons work in our life primarily by talking to us and we hear them in our thoughts, and when they are hanging on to us, their influence is strong. There are other sins that we commit that give the same access to these “evil forces” who have as their goal to make us miserable failures in life.
People who raise sheep run them through a tank of sheep dip periodically in order to kill the ticks that collect on the sheep over time and suck the life out of them. I have no idea how many demons are hanging on many Christians, but as I listen to a number of people in our church talk about their problems, thoughts, fears, anxieties, and temptations I am of the opinion that many need to go through a tank of “sheep dip” for demons. Something that works to accomplish the same thing is attending extended times of corporate prayer with your church family. People often tell me that the thought of coming to a corporate prayer time at JBC gives them anxiety, and some describe their experience as being a panic attack. The demons attached to people are afraid of corporate prayer and will work overtime to keep you from coming. They will cause this fear, nervousness, and anxiety, sometimes to the point of panic to keep you out of the prayer room.
Monday morning starts JBC’s “Five Days of Prayer” and we will be praying from 5:00 am to 10:00 am Monday through Friday, and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm each day as well. We start each hour of prayer at 15 minutes after the hour and stop straight up on the hour so we have a 15 minute break every hour for people to come and go, get a snack, a cup of coffee and to visit for a bit.
These prayer events are very powerful times of meeting with God, experiencing His presence, and being cleansed from the forces of evil who can’t stand being in there. So many people are struggling in life with anxieties, fears doubts, and weakness, and don’t really have to if they would take advantage of the power, grace, and cleansing that God has made available to us through the power of corporate prayer of a church family.
If I were experiencing the fear, depression, sadness, and anxiety that many describe to me that they are going through, you couldn’t keep me out of that prayer room, I would want to be free from that, completely free.