The Enemy in Your Own HouseMatthew 10:36, "And a man's enemies will be those of his own household," is one of those verses that we know applies to somebody, but we hope it never hits our own home.
There was a time when the "enemy in your household" might have been an unsaved husband who tried to keep his wife from attending church. A person of another religion who accepts Christ might find many enemies in their household who reject them for their new-found faith. But today, the enemy in your household is just as likely to be one of your own children.
We are living in an age of unprecedented assault on children by the enemy. It is as though Satan has struck with great wrath because he knows his time is short.
Prophetically we have been promised a last days outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in which sons and daughters will prophesy and see visions. But the enemy is out to do anything possible to keep that from happening by destroying our children's lives-through rebellious attitudes, drugs, alcohol, wrong relationships, gangs, and crime. Those who have stood firm in their faith and are sold out to Christ often suffer persecution from their peers-even those within the church.
One cannot help but question what went wrong and why. Many parents are at the end of their rope, not knowing where to turn or what to do. Sometimes we look horizontally for a solution to the problem, knowing that a secular or fleshly solution brings a temporary resolution at best. Our only lasting answer is to look vertically and seek God in prayer for His intervention, regardless of how long it takes to see the answer.
I am reminded of missionary Kelvin McDaniel. As a teenage runaway, he was addicted to hard drugs as he lived a life that seemed hopeless. Just as he was ready to be killed in an alley in New York City, the Holy Spirit gave his parents this message at their home in Alabama: "Kelvin is in great danger at this moment; his life is being threatened while you are praying. But because you have prayed for him and believed that I am his only way out, and because you have given him to me to do whatever it takes to save him, I will go to where he is and stop the harm that is coming to him. I will protect him from death and bring him home and drag him to a revival. You will live long enough to see my hand of deliverance come to his life."
While it did not happen immediately, that spoken word of God did come to pass. Last month I wrote about the miraculous answer to prayer for Kelvin's son, who is now following in his father's footsteps to become a missionary.
Prayer works. The Bible tells us that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. That word force is "harpadzo," the same word used to describe the catching away. It means to forcefully seize, snatch away, and take by sudden force.
This is a spiritual battle, and we need to pray earnestly, without ceasing or growing weary. We need to forcefully snatch our children from the hands of the enemy. Children belong to the Lord, and they were put on earth to fulfill His purpose. Every day, pray for a covering of protection over your children. The devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Serve notice to the enemy that he cannot have your children. Take authority over the enemy and the spirits that are controlling your child's life and command them to leave in the name of Jesus.
The Lord did not leave us helpless and hopeless. Your prayers and spiritual authority over the enemy are your child's protection. The answer might not come when we want it, and we might get weary in battle. But we cannot lose hope that, just as the song says, even when the Lord is four days late, He is still on time!