Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday the Third Week of Lent

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute,
and when the demon had gone out,
the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed.
Some of them said, "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons."
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
"Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself,
how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters."
Luke 11:14-23


Dear Father let us dress with the Armor you have provided. We pray as we wear it we practice our faith with steadfast loyalty so we may not lose to the foe what we should guarding. Let strength of our faith be our safeguard against evil. When we wear your precious Armor dear God we pray to conquer evil as you battle it daily in our lives to keep us safe. You point your finger on evil and banish it. Keep us ever safe in the loving palm of your hand. Amen

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