The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Rom. 16:20
Dear heavenly Father, this great promise holds much hope and timely encouragement for all of us. Things are not as they appear. Jesus’ crushing defeat of Satan on the cross (Gen. 3:15) is currently being applied to all darkness and evil, threatening our peace and joy. Evil hates Beauty, but Beauty will prevail. We will live to see the Day of Jesus’ triumph over evil played out under our very feet.
Though at times it feels like we are being walked on by a gloating devil, it is he who is actually getting ready to know our dancing feet on his head. Our labors in the Lord are not, and will never be, in vain (1 Cor. 15:58). And according to your Word, this will happen “soon.” Lord, our weary, yet joyful, cry is, “Make soon, very soon.”
Lord Jesus, the reason you came into this world was to destroy him who holds the power of death (that is, the devil) and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Heb. 2:14-15). Indeed, you have come to destroy the devil and all his works (I John 3:8). Our foe is defeated and waiting to be utterly eradicated. His present flurry of fury is actually a sign he knows his time is short (Rev. 12:12). Lord, our tired, yet expectant, cry is, “Make short, real short.”
O God of peace, when the battle rages most fiercely and the schemes of Satan seem to be winning the day, grant us your peace that passes all understanding. O triumphant Lord Jesus, we boldly ask, not just for surviving grace, but for thriving grace, until the Day you return to finish making all things new. May faith, not fear, fill our hearts. We have this great assurance: As we humble ourselves before you, the devil must flee from us (James 4:7). So very Amen we pray with joy, in Jesus’ triumphant and loving name.