Hair-raising cries echoed through the countryside. No horror movie could match the reality of the man who lived in the tombs. Reeking of blood, dirt, and stench, the naked man screeched, cut himself, and broke through chains and shackles. Driven by demons to the desert, through the mountains, to the graveyard, tormented and possessed by a legion of demons (Mark 5:1-20).
How many tried in their own effort to help him, to save him, to save themselves from him? How long had this man lived in torment? How many tears were shed for the man? How many tears were shed in fear of the man?
Was a mother praying for her son? Did she beg God night after night, day after day? Had she lost hope?
Jesus never turned away a praying parent, nor turned away those who came seeking His help. Jesus even came to those who weren’t asking for help, even someone possessed by a legion of demons. A Roman legion consisted of about 5000 men. Was this man possessed by 5000 demons?
No demon, no amount of demons, can stand up to the might and authority of Jesus Christ. Jesus freed the man, gave him a right mind, clothed and restored him. No power on earth can stop the power of Jesus.
Who are you praying for? Who do you know who is chained, overwhelmed, living in the tombs of disobedience and sin? Who seems too far gone and beyond hope?
Bring them to Jesus.
No person is too far gone for Jesus. Nothing is greater than our God and nothing is impossible for God.
Pray and bring them to Jesus.
Heavenly Father, I bring ___________________________ to You. They need You, they need freedom in You. Jesus, You tell us that prayer and sometimes fasting is needed (Mark 9:29). James reminds us that the prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much, is highly effective, dynamic in power (James 5:15-16).
Father, You broke the chains of Peter in prison (Acts 12:6-7), You set the prisoners free (Acts 5:18-19), You shake the ground, unchain the prisoners, and open jail doors (Acts 16:25-26). You shut the mouths of lions (Daniel 6:16-21).
____________________ is chained by the enemy and the devil is seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Jesus, the Father has given you all authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). Please release _____________________________ from their chains, release them from the devil’s control, create in them a clean heart and renew a right spirit within them (Psalm 51:10). Take away the heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh so that they may walk in Your ways (Ezekiel 11:19-20).
You search for the lost sheep and bring them home rejoicing (Luke 15:4-7). No lost person is too lost for You. Jesus, I ask that You find ____________________________, a lost sheep and set them free.
Oh Father, wrap them in Your love so they will forever be enraptured by Your love.
When they are brought back by You, we will all rejoice. Thank You, Father. Thank You.
I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, who is my Savior.
God’s Timeless Truth
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18, NASB).
“Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:14-15, NKJV).