Is it possible that the devil answers prayers? We’d better believe it. This chapter has stumped many. We read it and move on but miss the truth in this earliest written word of God. Satan wants to work on our prayer life, and he’ll do it any way he can.
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
When we pray three persons are involved. God is. We are. The devil is. When we ask amiss, God doesn’t answer it the way we want; the devil tries to work it out for us and makes us think its God who did it. We should never approach prayer in a sloppy manner; it is serious. Satan is a great imitator. He puts pressure on God and then on us in subtle ways. Down through the years there has probably been more than one time we thought God gave us a certain answer. We were deceived because the devil slipped in and gave us what God refused to. As a result, we dangerously believed that God broke His own rules to please us.
Don’t get confused in this passage. God and Satan are not having a logical discussion. People go to hell on assumptions. The devil is having a heyday with Christianity. Chapter 1 shows us we cannot let up on our prayer life. Prayer works only one way—according to scripture. The guidelines are God’s, not ours and not the devil’s. God sees prayer as a soul and life saving thing. We have to maintain it or the devil will confuse us. His distraction can cause us to not understand the Bible. There is never a time when we are fully insulated from Satan’s presence nor His attempts on us.
God sets the rules. We cannot compete against the devil. God doesn’t bend his own rules; it would give Satan a way to mess up prayer. We can’t tailor prayer to suit us and our selfish means. It’s better not to pray than to pray wrong and think an answer is from God when its not. Prayer is vital to us everyday. Some go through the motions and all the while we know they aren’t living right.
Verse 6: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Verse 7: And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Verse 8: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Verse 9: Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Verse 12: And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.
Job lost his lands, riches, family and health. His prayer life was tested to the straining point. It’s easy to pray in good times. Job did question God. Satan was working on him so cunningly that Job began looking at himself. He even reminded the Lord how good a man he was. Poor Job! God asked him where he was when the world was formed. Satan was trying to answer. When we start setting our own rules we set ourselves up for Satan to answer us. When we pray with a wrong attitude we can get in trouble. Have you known people who were angry and prayed that something bad would actually happen to another person? And it did. With a prideful heart the person proclaims “didn’t I say God does what I ask?” When we don’t confess our sins and try to pray like regular, we tend to think God has bent his own rules. The devil answered.
When we ask God for what we covet, to consume it upon our own lusts, he won’t give it to us. Then it comes to pass. We’ll say God gave it to us like he’s changed his commandments, that God has somehow made us an exception regarding His righteousness and rules. Satan will take a dismissed prayer and work to make it happen. He doesn’t want the credit. He wants us to give God the credit as if we don’t have to be careful and follow the right way. David said if we regard iniquity in our heart the Lord won’t hear us. God put David and Job in their place. We are not the exception. The devil will have us thinking right is not exactly right and wrong is not exactly wrong. However, right is gloriously right and wrong is damnably wrong. God won’t give us sin. When we’ve been fooled by Satan we boast a false confidence thinking we can pray fire down from heaven—just like two famous disciples did. Jesus squashed their thought right then and there. Satan wants us to have the perception that our discernment is as good as God’s. The more relaxed we are in prayer, the more the devil can get to us. We may think we control things, but we control nothing. Remember, you never control the answer to your prayer. God alone does. We must accept it, thanking God for knowing what is best.
When is the last time you really had a good prayer? Most of us need to go back to prayer kindergarten and learn how to do it again. We’d better follow the rules. Satan knows them. We don’t want him to be the one to answer our prayer. Seek God’s answer and accept it. Don’t wait for the devil to give us what God won’t. Let God’s nay be nay and his yea be yea…and yours too.
Don’t give the devil the chance to answer….if we do, we will pay the price.