When I was a senior in high school, I was naïve about the spiritual dangers that existed in college. A few of my spiritual mentors who already spent a year away at college warned me about giving into temptation. These concerns fell upon deaf ears, causing me to wander away from the Lord during my first semester at the University of Delaware. If I only listened to one of Jesus’ disciples in the passage below, I could have avoided the bad habits and heartache that I experienced during this dark period of my life.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, 1 Peter 5:8.
One of the modern dangers that lurks in the distance is the Freedom from Religion Movement. The Freedom from Religion Foundation is an American non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin, with members from all 50 states. This organization was founded by atheists and humanists who seek to censor and or prevent prayer from taking place in public schools. The leaders of this movement decided to run a commercial during Tuesday night’s Democratic Presidential Debate. The attached ad speaks for itself, an eerie preview of the future.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18.
According to the apostle Paul, the best way to combat the Freedom from Religion Movement is through prayer. As atheists rely on and use activist judges to take away religious freedoms, Christians need to keep alert by praying in the Spirit at all times. When hope dies, the power of prayer fades. Yet, if a concert of prayer begins within churches, communities and homes, hope can be restored. Throughout history, one movement replaces another, seeking to accomplish it’s goals. However, when God’s people stand in the spiritual gaps that exists, the Holy Spirit will be unleashed to ensure that the Jesus Movement prevails.
by Jay Mankus