Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Mark Chun (Radiance Christian Church, S. F.), was originally posted on March 1, 2013.
Devotional Thought for Today
“The Adversary and Prayer”
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! 2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! 3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah 4 May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! 5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!
Psalm 20 is the prayer of Israel for their king as he prepares to lead his armies into battle. It is a proclamation of God’s protection, salvation, and favor as their nation faces the challenge of going to war. This passage and all of its promises can be properly applied to the New Testament believer who is called into constant and unceasing spiritual warfare.
Many times, we can forget that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the forces of evil—led by the adversary—that are unseen. The apostle Peter puts it like this: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). Sometimes turning defeat into victory and failure into success is simply a matter of turning to God in prayer. In fact, there is no other recourse in dealing with “the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6:12) apart from prayer.
As we live out our faith day to day, we should remember that there is an enemy that is lurking nearby but more importantly we should be mindful of a God who is willing and able to answer all of our prayers according to His plan and purpose. Prayer paves a clear path to the victorious life that we all desire. Pray with confidence for victory in areas of your life where you are struggling.
Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize that the battles in my life belong to You. You are the one who leads me to victory and helps me to prevail over situations and circumstances that seem out of my control. Teach me how to rely on Your protection and favor as I live out my faith today.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 21
Lunch Break Study
Read Daniel 10:13 (ESV): The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia.
Questions to Consider
- These are the words of the angel Gabriel to Daniel. What is the main reason for the delay to Daniel’s prayers?
- Who is the prince of Persia and Michael? (Daniel 11:2, 12:1)
- What was Daniel doing prior to the arrival of Gabriel? (Daniel 10:2-3)
Daniel lived constantly in the awareness that there is something beyond the material world. Therefore, he was able to fast from the things of the world so that he could increase his spiritual vision. As we prepare for Easter, what are some things that you can give up as preparation for the observance of Christ’s death and resurrection?
- Gabriel, who is one of the archangels of God, was delayed because of an on-going battle with the demonic forces of Persia where Daniel and his countrymen were being held in captivity.
- The Prince of Persia is not just the title of the video game series but actually the demonic principality that was in command of the region of Media-Persia (Ephesians 6:12). We see through this passage that demons can exert a wide range of influence from personal, to territorial, and even socio-politically. Michael is a ruling angel who leads the forces of God in the spiritual war that is on-going in the heavenly places.
- Daniel was engaged in a 21 day fast in which he kept himself from delicacies and meat and wine as an expression of mourning for the state of Jerusalem.
What prayers were answered today? Were you able to overcome a temptation to sin? Was there a chance to forgive, love, or share your faith with someone?