Today’s devotion for today during the time of Epiphany is based on Mark 1:23, “And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit.”
Jesus had just finished teaching in the synagogue when this event happened. The man who was inhabited by an evil spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?” Unknown to those present, that is precisely why Jesus came to this earth.
He spoke, and the evil spirits left. We need to be careful that we don’t get so engrossed in figuring out the evil spirits that we miss the point of the story. Jesus has power over evil spirits, the same spirits that trouble us today. He alone can free us. We only need to approach him, asking for his healing touch.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen; you know how often we fight with the evil spirits that attack us. You know how often we give in to them. Help us reach out to you so that they are driven out of our lives by your power and authority—all praise to you. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.