Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Some things to note regarding the above verse. The Bible compares the devil to a roaring lion. A roaring lion is a hungry lion. A lion who is driven by hunger is on the watch, prowling around, searching for prey that can be easily devoured. You see, it is ravenous, so the quicker it can spot its prey the sooner its appetite will be satisfied.
This begs the question, “What type of prey is easily devoured?”
Obviously, weakened prey is the most likely. Those suffering from malnutrition have no strength to be alert to danger.
Perhaps those who have become distracted by and are driven by fear. This kind of prey runs blindly away from the roaring. They become isolated. They become easy pickings for the lion.
Of course, if the prey doesn’t take seriously the threats surrounding it, they can be picked off rather easily.
What’s the analogy here?
Christians are Satan’s prey. His plan of attack is to send us contradictory thoughts (fiery darts) about what our behavior should look like. His “go to” weapon is to draw us away from prayer and bible study. He knows we receive our nourishment from these two basic sources. Without this nourishment, we will be on a steady decline spiritually. Easily manipulated.
Satan knows that the less we delve into the Scriptures and the less time we spend in prayer, the less likely we will be to recognize his tactics. He will be flying under the radar, so to speak. We won’t have the information needed to expose our enemy. Because we are unaware of Satan’s schemes, fear and doubt will rule our thinking
Do we dare ask ourselves the following questions
Do we care about reading our bibles?
How’s our prayer life?
Do we find the only time we do some serious praying is in a crisis?
How’s our church attendance?
Do we desire to be in church?
Do we talk about our faith?
Are we uneasy when others do?
Would our behaviors/attitudes classify us as Christian?