How do we fight the devil when he is trying to manipulate a situation involving another person? We must pray specifically for blessings on that other person. Jesus commands us, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, . . .” (Matthew 5:44).

Even if our flesh is demanding vengeance, we need to pray for that person. We can find victory and forgiveness in praying for our enemies. When we look past our daily grievances and annoyances, and stay heaven-focused, our outlook on life will change. Our lives won’t become easier, but we will have the proper perspective in facing our battles.

When temptations and spiritual attacks overwhelm us, where do we turn? If we are trying to face them with our own strength instead of God’s, we will weaken quickly. If we try to use our own intellect instead of the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we will fail. We must keep our relationship with God our top priority, so we will easily remember where to go for help.

Prayer: Father, help me to pray for blessings for others, specifically for those who are difficult for me to love. I need Your help and guidance so that I will not fall for the devil’s schemes. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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