Casting Out Demons, a Byproduct of Prayer?

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Sometimes when I get the closest parking spot by a store entrance or within another parking lot, I whisper to my wife “strong prayer life”! I pretend that my prayer life is such that God even gives me the closest parking spot as a sign of His favor and pleasure. Perhaps that’s a bit presumptuous, lol. The truth is my prayer life could be richer, deeper, and more intimate. How about you? Jesus, our model in all things often started His day (while it was still dark) in solitude and prayer. No wonder He ministered with wisdom and power. Even the demons were completely subjected to Him and with a touch or word, He healed the sick. Amazing! I do find it interesting that as the crowds grew and pursued Him, that He encountered the spirits of the unseen world (demons) right in the synagogues around Galilee. By coming to the synagogues, the people found freedom from the fears, pains, and deception in their lives with a lifechanging encounter with the living Lord. May many find that today in the churches. Remember, as our pastor often says “God has nothing better to do than spend time with you”.

And in the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and prayed there for a time. Simon and his companions eagerly searched for Him; and they found Him and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”  He said to them, “Let’s go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may also preach there; for this is why I came.” And He went into their synagogues preaching throughout Galilee, and casting out the demons. Mark 1:36-39 NASB

What freedom have I found in knowing and following Jesus? In what ways can I grow more intimate with God in prayer? How attentive am I to seeking Him throughout the day?

God, as this day begins- I am anticipating Thanksgiving and all the joy it will contain- family, kids, grandkids, and food. I pray You will guide my activity today. Use me as an instrument of healing and freedom for others, in Jesus’ name.

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