Talking to the Devil

praying-to-the-devilOur Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13).

I listened as the pastor screamed. “Satan, I bind you in the name of Jesus. You have no place or power here. You are a liar and I rebuke you …”. His prayer went on like this another minute or two, his congregation erupting with shouts and applause.

Where in the Bible do we find any Christian character praying to the devil?

Are such ramblings prayer in the Spirit or communication with an evil spirit?

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray by addressing God the Father. Christian prayer is communication to your Father in Heaven and not to the enemy of your soul.


3 thoughts on “Talking to the Devil

  1. Gary

    I find your comments interesting but as you described I do not see “preaching to the devil.” I may be wrong here but sit seems to me he is rebuking satan. Isn”t that what we are called to do? Please explain! I don’t mind being corrected.

    1. Thank you for your question Gary.

      The Scripture is our only source for both faith and Christian practice. In the Bible, we are told to address God in prayer. We are never taught to speak to the devil or to rebuke him.

      There is only one example in the Bible of a person other than the Second Person of the Godhead speaking with Satan. In the Garden of Eden, Eve spoke to the serpent. In her unfallen and innocent state, her conversation led to being beguiled by him. In our fallenness, how much more would we be susceptible to his lies and trickery!

      In Jude 8 and 10, Jude writes that false teachers “speak evil of dignitaries” and “speak evil of whatever they do not know.” Sandwiched between those two statements Jude gives us the example of the angel Michael contending with the fallen angel Satan, like creatures addressing one another. Even so, Michael did not rebuke Satan, but left that to the Lord. Jude implies that only a false teacher in his ignorance, and animal bruteness would seek to go where even holy angels do not tread.

      Jesus spoke to Satan, but He was also Satan’s Lord. Yes, Jesus rebuked the devil when he desired to sift Peter like wheat (Lk 22:31). Still, Jesus didn’t tell Peter to converse with Satan or even to rebuke him the next time. Jesus did the rebuking (Zech 3:2).

      In Ephesians 6, the great passage on what we call spiritual warfare, Paul never mentions attacking Satan, rebuking him, or speaking to him. Instead, we are told to stand in the victory won by Christ at Calvary and pray “in the Spirit” (Eph 6:18), not speak to the devil.

      It is our place to call upon the Lord in our need and He promises to hear and deliver us (Ps 50:15).

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