On vacation in California visiting Yosemite, we stayed in a cabin near the beautiful and ancient Mono Lake. One evening, as our young children slept, I noticed a large, unfamiliar bug on the wall by our daughter’s bed. My husband went to swipe at it to kill it, but I stopped him. If he missed, the creature would have dropped onto our little girl’s head. Instead, he took a glass and trapped the ugly creepy-crawly. Instantly, its tail curled up. It was then we realized what it was—a scorpion.

God says we have his power to destroy snakes and scorpions—all evils—that threaten to hurt us. He assures us that we can walk confidently in life, knowing we have mastery in his name. Let’s use that power well, but also to make sure we recognize the enemy.

I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you (Luke 10:19 ESV).

Take a moment to ponder God’s words. Then make the prayer your own


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