Key Scripture:

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

—James 4:7

Nearly three years after my salvation, as I continued to cry out to God for my family, the Lord spoke to me—“Quit asking Me and take your authority!”

I had no idea what this meant. To my knowledge I had never heard anyone preach or teach on the subject of taking authority. I was in my bedroom in our family’s home at 48 Crossbow Crescent in Toronto, yet suddenly it was if one of the secrets of the entire universe was being unveiled to me.

I didn’t know what to do. The main Bible verse I had learned that had anything to do with that was in James 4:7. I just didn’t know how to go about rebuking the devil, but with a righteous anger rising inside me, yet not really knowing what to expect, I said defiantly, “Satan, take your hands off my family!”

A boldness suddenly hit my soul unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I still had no idea what I was doing or what I was supposed to do.

All I knew was that I had challenged the devil for the souls of my family.

I did it in obedience, and it worked!

A Prayer for Today:

Father in heaven, thank You for the authority You have given to me to be victorious over the enemy in every area of my life, including the salvation of my loved ones. Through the authority given to me through the blood of Jesus, help me to be persistent, even as I abide in Your presence. I long to be a vessel of service and honor for You, even as I desire for my lost loved ones be saved. I yearn to be useful, even as I seek victory in every area of life. I long to see Your answers to my requests. That’s why I choose You today—Your plan, Your holiness, and Your guidance. Reveal the areas in my life that are not surrendered to You, and give me balance as I walk with You. I humbly pray all these things in Your precious Name, Amen!