Conntecting the Dots

A Prayer to Shut Out the Devil


Sunshine blazed through my bathroom window today and revealed a layer of dust on the countertop. I’d cleaned that surface only a couple of days ago, but you’d never know it. Why? Because I’d left the window ajar—albeit only a few inches—on the weekend, and it provided an open invitation for the wind to blow dust in and about the room.

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Sin works in the same way. Have you noticed how quickly it sneaks in if we leave even a wee area of our life open to the enemy’s wiles? Take our thoughts, for instance.


Jealous, lustful, envious, and critical thoughts—habitually entertained—extend an invitation to Satan. Letting them run unbridled is akin to saying, “Come on in! The window (or the door) is wide open.” He doesn’t need a second invitation!


We must be on our guard, aware of our weaknesses and willing to do something about them lest the enemy wage war on our souls and win. How can we do that? Here’s one suggestion: Pray as King David did—“Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10).


Imagine the difference in our spiritual journey if we sincerely prayed these words every day. It would be like saying, “Lord, come on in! Shine Your light of truth into my secret thoughts. Examine my motives. Scrutinize my desires. Bring all of these things into alignment with Your holiness.”


Doing so shuts out the devil but opens our lives wide to the Holy Spirit’s working. He makes us sensitive to sin in our lives and willing to quickly seek forgiveness and restoration so we can enjoy sweet and intimate fellowship with Jesus.


“Create in me a clean heart, O God”—a prayer I’ll make part of my daily routine. Will you join me?

7 Responses to “A Prayer to Shut Out the Devil”

  1. Marge Bennett

    Okay, this is a big one……….can you see into my home? Well, I know it’s the Holy Spirit revealing truth. I have been cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. I feel quite different already. More free…….and I haven’t even touched on certain closets and drawers……..but I’m not looking back. I KNOW there’s a bunch of stuff I have to get out of here that I’ve been hoarding, that I don’t need to, and shouldn’t look at, read or listen to anymore……….forever.

    I am cleaning this place OUT!!!! Hallalujah.

    Thank-you Grace. Have a bless-ed day. Praise the Lord.

    • Grace Fox

      Yeah, Marge!! I love that you’re listening to the Holy Spirit and doing what He says. Freedom, sister. Your reward for obedience will be freedom.

  2. Marge Bennett

    I’m going to have a new life; not my way……………God’s way. Thank the Lord!

  3. Marge Bennett

    We are praying that prayer………….”Lord, Come on in!”…….shine your Light into all those dark places of our hearts……..and minds……..align them with your Word, O God………….create in me a clean heart……….renew your right Spirit within me! This is a wonderful day for us…….so far, we’ve gotten rid of several boxes and bags of stuff, and even yet, I could not tell you what’s missing……………………………..we have to go deeper yet, and, Oh! we will! No turning back. We have books that we haven’t read in 25 years. Nobody want to read them but there they sit!



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