Here’s is a wonderful devotional from the book, Everyday Prayers for a Transformed Life by Scotty Smith:
June 21 – A Prayer for Bringing Our Fears to Jesus
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:10-11
Dear Lord Jesus, even as these words first thundered from heaven by a loud voice, so shout this good news into my heart today. What a focusing and freeing perspective on spiritual warfare. We live in the “now” of your salvation, power, kingdom, and authority, Lord Jesus – not the “not-so-long-from-now” but the now. You’re calling us to warfare, not war-fear.
I cannot help but wonder if Martin Luther was meditating on this passage when he wrote these remarkable words: “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him. His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure. One little word shall fell him.” O sing, my heart, sing the praises of Jesus! The Prince of Peace has gloriously triumphed over the Prince of Darkness!
Indeed, Lord Jesus, though Satan is yet to be removed, you have already thoroughly routed him. The “accuser of our brothers” has been eternally defeated by You, the great lover of Your bride. It’s because You loved us so much that You didn’t “shrink from death” on the cross. Now, in light of Your irrepressible love, empower us to love You more than we fear death. Empower us to show up rather than shrink back. Empower us for overcoming darkness in our hearts, our communities, our culture.
We will overcome, not by our muscle, but by Your mercy – by the sacrifice of Your blood and our grateful testimonies to Your glory and grace. Indeed, Jesus, may the Spirit declare the gospel so loudly in our hearts that it literally drowns out Satan’s constant protestations of our guilt. Indeed, how can I – how can we – keep from singing? “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He. Lord Sabaoth, is name, from age to age the same, and He must win the battle.”
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I pray in Your holy and wholly trustworthy name. Amen.
© 2011 by Scotty Smith