“The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him. “
We have talked a lot about the types of things we often request in prayer. Following the essential principles of prayer, these gifts will come to you easily. In addition to these more fundamental concepts, I am often asked about how to confront evil. Evil is something that exists throughout the world in many forms. Understanding these forms and where it comes from can help us use prayer to fight evil. Many people wonder why evil exists. Quite simply, evil exists because we allow it to. Without the cooperation of mankind, the devil would be completely powerless.
Shutting down the devil’s power is easy to do as long as we understand how he operates. One of the devil’s favorite tools is temptation. He will try to lead us astray by offering us short cuts that require only small compromises up front. Later on, once he knows we are vulnerable to making small compromises, he will work his way up to larger ones. The best defense against this type of attack is to resist all forms of temptation, no matter how large or how small. How can we identify when the devil tempts us? It is usually quite easy. If we are ever unsure, a strong relationship with Jesus will help strengthen your resolve. You can think of Jesus like a friend who walks by your side. If you treat this friend with respect and honor what he has to say, your friend will help keep you out of trouble.