We don’t know the name of the demon.
Sometimes the Bible shares that information with us. Like when Jesus asked a demon possessed man for his name and got the creepy response of, “My name is Legion, for we are many” (Mark 5:9).
But this time, we don’t get a name. Another nameless demon. The lack of a name didn’t make this demon any less evil. Like all the others, he was bent on destruction. This time, it was a child who he had his sights set on.
The child was mute. And he had seizures. Horrific seizures. Is there any other kind? The demon would make the child foam at the mouth. He would grind his teeth. His body would lock up. On more than one occasion, the seizures would happen near fire or large bodies of water leaving the child on the verge of drowning or burning.
The child had a demon.
But the demon had no name.
Just an agenda to destroy a child.
Thankfully, the child had a father.
The father wasn’t known for his theology. He didn’t have all of the answers. But he thought that he had found a group of men who could help him.
He was wrong. In spite of their best efforts, these men could not save the boy. All seemed lost. It appeared as though the demon living inside of this boy would be a very much unwanted member of the family.
And the demon with no name.
There was one last hope for the boy. Jesus. Jesus asked to see him.
Jesus didn’t say a word to the demon at first. All it took was the presence of Jesus to send him, and of course, the boy, into another one of those terrible seizures. As the child rolled around on the ground, foaming at the mouth, Jesus finally said something to the demon without a name.
“You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” Mark 9:25 (ESV).
The demon obeyed.
But no one was celebrating just yet. It appeared that the demon was able to get in one final death blow before leaving the boy. His small body was laying, lifeless, on the ground. Everyone assumed the worst.
Jesus grabbed the hand of the motionless boy.
The boy was alive.
He stood up, for the first time in years, free of the demon with no name.
We don’t know the name of that demon who was hell-bent on destroying this child. We just know that he didn’t enter the child again.
But that doesn’t mean that his kind went away.
We see him at work today, busy killing more children. Only this time, he has federal backing, the approval of the United States Senate and a nice respectable name to work with.
This demon has a name. But his end will still be the same.
After Jesus healed the child, his disciples came to him, confused.
“Why couldn’t we get the demon out of that boy?” They were no help when they tried. But at least they tried. Could you imagine what would happen if this distressed father had gone to the more progressive members of the United States Senate for help.
“We don’t understand the problem. Your boy only falls in the fire three percent of the time. And besides, think of all the other services this demon provides for your son.”
Jesus gave a direct answer for his inquisitive and confused disciples.
“This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
When the history of Planned Parenthood is written, the organization will be remembered for having two very valuable friends. The first is the bloodthirsty United States government and the second is the apathetic American people who are more disturbed by the thought of losing free condoms than they are at babies being murdered and sold.
But Planned Parenthood will also be remembered for their three great enemies. Two of those enemies are natural. One is very much supernatural. In the natural, the sonogram and the hidden camera have worked beautifully together to prove that the practices of Planned Parenthood are anything but, “safe, legal and rare” and that an unborn child is obviously much, much more than a clump of cells.
There is another, more powerful enemy of the death industry in this country.
As Christians, we should keep fighting against abortion. We should watch and share the disturbing videos of Planned Parenthood workers treating babies like leftovers from one of their wine and salad meals. We should not give up holding our elected officials accountable, even when they have given up. Still, there are always those naysayers who say that it will never work. They tell us that Planned Parenthood can never be defeated. They were the first to tell us after Monday afternoon’s disappointing vote, “See, I told you so.”
I believe that Planned Parenthood can be defeated.
But it will take a much more powerful option than a Senator. Thankfully, Christians have one.
We have prayer.
It just might be that prayer is the only thing that will defeat this demon. If so, that’s okay. Because the One we pray to is infinitely more powerful than any demon Hell has to send our way. And make no mistake about it, the murder of babies is demonic. It is Satanism in its purest form. Just because someone wears a flag on his suit or says, “God bless America,” doesn’t mean that he can’t have a Legion or two pulling his strings behind the scenes.
But Jesus is greater than Legion.
Jesus is greater than that nameless demon who threw that little boy into the fire.
And Jesus is greater than that demon who is using the name of Planned Parenthood to legally throw more boys into more fires.
I can’t wait for the day when he commands this demon to leave our children alone.