Ephesians Ch 6 verse 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Whilst we can see injustices in society, terrible wrongs done in the world that we live in, and humans acting in the most despicable ways, this verse makes clear that the problem lies elsewhere. Human sin, we know that as we only have to look at our own lives to confirm that, so we should not be that surprised at the havoc our combined sin can cause. But the root cause lies in the powers of darkness that influence individuals and society, causing the injustices and terrible deeds we witness today.
This verse should inform our prayer lives, rather than just praying for peace in this country and justice in another, maybe we should pray that the forces of darkness at work in the world will cease to be active in that area?
Maybe we should pray that the spiritual forces of evil will release their control of this world? Maybe, what have we to lose?
Dear Lord Jesus, give us wisdom in our prayers, and may we see the forces of evil at work today retreat before the praying people of God.