Today’s Key Scripture (all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

—Ephesians 6:12

Let me give you a word of warning. Just when you think you have reached the top of your spiritual mountain, often the enemy of your soul likes to launch a major assault against you.

A minister in New York once warned me, “For more than two years, every time I prayed, the most vile, filthy thoughts seized my mind. And when I began to read the Word, I was distracted by something out of the blue. I finally realized that Satan was behind all of these attacks, and I had to literally rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus Christ!”

Be forewarned!

The problems you face may be a marriage on the rocks, a child on drugs, or financial pressures that are unbearable. At times your mind can be invaded by troubling thoughts that just won’t go away.

According to God’s Word there are literally billions of demons on our globe. Paul wrote, “In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

Remember this as you pray with persistence and as you take authority over evil power!

A Prayer for Today:

Father God, Take charge of my life. Help me to step into Your authority and to be aware of the wiles of the devil. I rebuke the evil one away from my life. I plead the blood of Jesus over my family and myself. I ask You to help me to move into the breakthroughs that You have planned for me today—in my spiritual walk, my relationships, my career, and even in my finances. Quicken me. Let Your Word give me understanding. Lead me in the way of righteousness, that I may understand You better and serve You more effectively. I pray all this in the Name of Jesus, Amen!