Yesterday, Aug 25, we examined chapter 11 in the book in which Metropolitan Hilarion wrote (Orthodox Christianity, Vol II)about the Devil and demons in the Old and New Testaments and what has been said about them by the Church Fathers.
We had a wide ranging discussion. One point that stood out to me was when Jesus said to Peter, “Satan has asked permission to sift you like wheat, and I hav prayed for you...” (Luke 22:31-32) We talked about who we might feel if Jesus had said that to us. Note that Jesus did not say, “I denied Satan’s request,” but only that Jesus would pray for Peter.
I’m sure I don’t think of the reality of the the war in which I am engaged against Satan. The Apostle Paul,reminds us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:12)
Metropolitan Hyperion quotes Symeon the New Theologian, who says:
Sadly, I rarely live as though I’m at war.
How should we fight the battle against a fallen angel of God? Here is the best spiritual advice I’ve read: