We're reading through Mark 1-8 in our Bible Study at Enfoque. One of the unique characteristics of Mark is his emphasis on Jesus casting out demons. I think that we in America tend to de-emphasize the dark spiritual forces at work in our world. C.S. Lewis wrote in his introduction to The Screwtape Letters,
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."
I've known missionaries in Latin America who've encountered dark spiritual opposition to their work. I've experienced some of it myself on a trip to Peru some years ago. Please pray for the Ar people of Colombia, that they would find liberty in Christ from their spiritual bondage.
AR OF COLOMBIA (ahr). Pray for the R family, asking that the Lord will remove the yoke of darkness, fear and slavery to the evil one and that they will give control of their lives to the God of Scriptures and learn to depend upon Him. Pray also that they will realize that God is more powerful than the spiritual leaders (witchdoctors) and spirit world.