And he was casting out a devil, and the same was dumb: and when he had cast out the devil, the dumb spoke: and the multitudes were in admiration at it: but some of them said: he casteth out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of devils. And others tempting, asked of him a sign from heaven. But he seeing their thoughts, said to them: every kingdom divided against itself, shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall. And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say, that through Beelzebub I cast out devils. Now if I cast out devils by Beelzebub; by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I by the finger of God cast out devils; doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his court, those things are in peace which he possesseth. But if a stronger than he come upon him, and overcome him; he will take away all his armour wherein he trusted, and will distribute his spoils. He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.
Luke 11:14-23 (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Dear Father in this day and age we can say we are truly divided between your kingdom and that of the world. Where we encounter daily temptations, ranging from sexuality or better known as pornography, junk food that is in abundance, to having the latest gadget in electronics. These are a few that can cause us to be on the other side of your kingdom. But some would scoff at it and say it's our life to do as we please. But each time we choose the world over your kingdom dear Father, we remove more and more of the armor that protects us. We become vulnerable then and when something happens and we fall from our own kingdom of making, we turn to you, it is then many wonder if their prayers are answered. They have been away for so long from you and Jesus' side that their blindness doesn't let them see your saving grace. So very many rely on their own merit that they forget to love and rely on Jesus for his loving presence in our lives.