As I looked up at my ceiling one morning before I got out of bed, I noticed a black spot about 2 inches in diameter. What could it be? Was it mold? Would it grow? I put a cloth on the end of a broom and it rubbed off easily. Oh, yes, now I remembered. Little Eva had thrown an “outside” ball up to the ceiling, and it had left a mark. I wiped it off easily with a cloth on the end of a broom handle.
Would that evil in the world was as harmless and as easily explained. That spot was powerless to spread in any direction. One writer pointed out that the only weapon Satan has is the lie, and he makes full use of it. If I do not believe or repeat the lie it is powerless.
S. D. Gordon in Quiet Thoughts on Prayer helped me comprehend a little better the power of persistent prayer in the war against Satan. In the parable of the persistent widow the adversary represents Satan. The reluctant judge’s attitude does not represent God’s attitude, but a complete contrast. God always wants the very best spiritual food and atmosphere for you. Satan is the persistent enemy. Your persistence on God’s side of the spiritual battle has to outlast the devil’s desire to “sift you like wheat.” Luke 22:31-32 (NIV) “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”