Faith Daily | 30 August 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p576
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
grant in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 4: 31-37
31He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. 32They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. 33In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34“Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. 36They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” 37And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev’d David
Popular culture usually presents images of the devil and his demons as cartoon type characters with horns and pitchforks, and it seems in the Church, his name and work is not often given serious thought.
But if we are serious about our Christian walk and its call to mission in our world, we will take seriously what God’s Word has to say about who Satan is, his nature (eg John 8:44), his influence (eg 1 John 5:19 NLT), his acts (eg Acts 5:3), his defeat at the cross (eg Hebrews 2:14), how we deal with him (eg Ephesians 6:11), and his ultimate end (eg Rev 20:10).
At the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, after His own wilderness testing by the devil, He was teaching in the Synagogue at Capernaum. There was a man possessed by a demon there and suddenly, through the man’s voice, the demon shouted “ Go away….I know who you are-the Holy One of God”. Jesus ordered the demon to leave and after causing the man convulsions, it did.
This event demonstrates the darkness of Satan’s world. Darkness and light are metaphors in the Bible for evil and good. The Bible shows how the devil works through people to disguise darkness as light (2 Corinthians 11:14) Today this is a significant challenge for us.
As I have reflected on this, I find the answer in the words of the prophet Isaiah “Look to God’s instructions and teachings. People who contradict His word are completely in the dark” (Isaiah 8:20 NLT)
The darkness of Satan’s world is the result of attempting to find truth outside God’s Word. May the Psalmist’s words be always and only our prayer and practice: “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NLT)
The Dutch Christian holocaust survivor, Corrie Ten Boom left us good counsel when she wrote “The first step on the way to victory is to recognise the enemy.”
FINAL PRAYER APBA page 556
“O God, who for our redemption gave your only- begotten Son to suffer death upon the cross, and by His glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of the enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin that we may evermore live with Him in the joy of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.