Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith

I was playing golf several years ago with an angry man who swore mercilessly. We met on the first tee and were paired with two others to make a foursome. His foul mouth made the first three holes so miserable that I was contemplating returning to the first tee to find another group.

Then, I wondered if he were under a demonic attack. Why not? As we approached the fourth green I began to rebuke and cancel the assignments of any demonic spirits controlling and/or attacking his speech. My battle with the forces of evil occurred silently in my mind. I spoke nothing out loud. Then, just for fun — since he obviously wasn’t having any — I prayed for him to make a birdie on the next hole.

He promptly birdied the next hole and then another. “I’ve never made two birdies in a row in my life!” He was so excited. He never said another curse word for the rest of the round.

So, Jennifer, while opinions abound regarding Satan’s ability to read our minds, I hope that my interpretation is useful to you and to others. It has certainly served me well for the last 40 years!

May God bless you and thanks again for asking.

Love,

Roger

Ask RogerDr. Roger Barrier recently retired as senior teaching pastor from Casas Church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being an author and sought-after conference speaker, Roger has mentored or taught thousands of pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders worldwide. Casas Church, where Roger served throughout his thirty-five-year career, is a megachurch known for a well-integrated, multi-generational ministry. The value of including new generations is deeply ingrained throughout Casas to help the church move strongly right through the twenty-first century and beyond. Dr. Barrier holds degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Seminary in Greek, religion, theology, and pastoral care. His popular book, Listening to the Voice of God, published by Bethany House, is in its second printing and is available in Thai and Portuguese. His latest work is, Got Guts? Get Godly! Pray the Prayer God Guarantees to Answer, from Xulon Press. Roger can be found blogging at Preach It, Teach It, the pastoral teaching site founded with his wife, Dr. Julie Barrier.

Publication date: February 15, 2012