We have noticed in our study of the book of Mark that every time Jesus was confronted by an evil spirit, the spirit succumbed to the will of Jesus. Mark uses these moments to reinforce the fact that Jesus is in control of all things at all times. Mark also did this to encourage believers to continue to trust in Christ regardless of their circumstances - even death at the hands of the evil emperor Nero.
I see a very similar situation taking place today because Satan is still at work. Often when Christians exercise their right to pray, someone (Satan’s tool) gets threatened and the end result is the courts getting involved. This happened recently to a football coach who prays at the conclusion of every game. Spectators didn’t like this and complained to the school. The coach was told he must refrain from praying, because someone might assume the school endorses prayer. The coach refused and was fired. His appeal made it all the way to the Supreme Court which sided with the coach who concluded this matter should have never been an issue.
I mentioned this issue because Christians are under attack, and now we have gotten to a place where no longer are we judged by what a person does or says; but now can be judged by what is perceived to be true. However, the world supports every group regardless of their immoral stance, but when it comes to prayer or anything Godly, they attempt to strip us of our right to personally exercise our faith. What are we to do? Find out next week.