Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:13
We are engaged in a battle with the enemy of our souls. Temptations abound. Condemning thoughts threaten our peace. Doubts erode our confidence in Abba. Fear cripples our faith. Anger undermines our belief in God’s justice.
This is a global war, not a solitary one. Forgetting that, I can fail to disclose my struggles to my spiritual sisters. I can begin to think that something is wrong with me if I battle temptation, fear, anger, and doubt. I can easily view myself as someone who disappoints God. I can assume others are more advanced spiritually. I can be inclined to feel a sense of shame over the things that plague me.
This perception is untrue. We are all in the same predicament. Spiritual power to resist our enemy and achieve victory is collectively ours if we bare our burdens to one another with discretion. We’re family. The same royal blood courses through our spiritual veins. War has been declared on us simply because of Whom we belong to. We need to be vulnerable with each other. We can stand firm as long as we stand together.
You will come against arrows of opposition today. They may be numerous, causing you to believe that the power behind them is formidable. But you do not fight alone. I link my arm with yours. We sing a song of deliverance. The song is contagious, for as our voices are heard, more daughters begin to learn this song of hope. There is strength in numbers. The battle is transformed from a senseless massacre to an overwhelming victory.
Together with my sisters, Lord, we create a daunting line of defense. Amen