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Mark 1: 32-39Demons, Prayer and Godpraying-hands

Friday, September 9, 2022

They brought to him all who were ill and possessed by demons . . .

The word “demon”, we understand, comes from the diminutive form of the Greek word for “god,” or from the Latin “daimonium” – thus signifying an inferior divinity.  These little teeny gods must certainly be jealous of the one and true God who is all-powerful and everywhere.

He cured many who were sick with various diseases . . .

The small “godette” demons invade us without our knowing and steer us in directions that lead us away from God.  Perhaps I might pray for myself and others that we loosen and free ourselves from demons as often as I pray for our physical well-being.

And rising up long before daybreak, he went out and departed into a deserted place . . .

Many people and causes begin as good and wholesome but turn sour when they fulfill something other than the intent of God.

where he prayed . . .

We might form special petitions to the God of Healing and Hope for the curing of those who focus on something or someone other than God as the reason for their being.

[They] pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you” . . 

We might petition for those who are ill in any way . . . for those who appear to be well but who are not.

So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee . . .

We might petition for those who cannot shake themselves from their personal demons, for those who are looking for Christ, and for those who have ceased to pray.

They brought to him all who were ill and possessed by demons . . .

We live in the realm where demons abound and so we must remember that the only antidotes for demons are . . . God and prayer.

Adapted from a favorite written on December 11, 2010.

Image from: http://www.fggam.org/2015/06/dont-take-anything-for-granted/

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