Last night I got a blog post from Beth Moore titled Sadness and Madness while watching the NCAA Championship. The title caught my attention and I immediately read it. I’m sure the title grabbing my attention had nothing to do with the way the game was being played. 🙂 Anyway, the post was about the sadness of the Warren family losing a son. There were a few things in that post that just jumped up off the page and slapped me to attention. Here is the section that grabbed me:
An odd mix of feelings overtook me with increasing force through the afternoon and into the early evening. The sadder I got, the madder I got. Mad at an astonishing satanic force that stoops viciously and swoops in unscrupulously to attack children and to prey on their weaknesses as they grow up, shooting so relentlessly at one spot that they can barely get to their feet between arrows. I’ve been that child and many of you have, too. Madder still that the devil in all likelihood delights in nothing more than targeting the children and dearest loved ones of true servants of God. Nothing tries our faith like the suffering of our children. At the end of the day, our faith is what the devil is after most. Without it, it’s impossible to please God. This is why Paul could say with relief nearly palpable on the page of his final letter, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
At the end of the day, our faith is what the devil is after most. Without it, it’s impossible to please God. These two sentences totally shook me awake. I have never seen the battle in those words. Sure I know 1 Peter 5:8 says Satan is a roaring lion seeking someone to devour and John 10:10 say that he comes to steal, kill and destroy. There are many more scriptures talking about his desire to overcome us but I’ve never seen it so clearly than reading that sentence.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Heb. 11:6
He is after our faith! We need to be alert as a child of God! We need to be on the alert as mothers and wives!
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Eph. 6:18
[ Be Holy ] Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 1 Peter 1:13 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. I Peter 4:7
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Let’s be alert and fight the good fight! Our faith and the faith of our children are depending on it.
If you’re like me you need things around to remember the things you are working on. So I’m sharing a printable I made to help me. Hopefully it will you too!
If you need some resources for praying for your children here is a prayer calendar and prayers to go with each day.