The power of one

ATD 78The Word

“…rescue us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13


I met a young husband and father while on an extended visit to Moscow, Russia in January 1992. His name was Maximilian and he was a strong energetic believer in Christ with robust but child-like personality and faith. He told me a story which occurred during the fall of communism in his city. Communism had failed. Hope was rising, but loyalists within the military had commandeered a large number of tanks and were bound for a government building intent on expelling the young democratic patriots held up inside.

When Maximilian saw the potential setback from the recent great advances toward liberty in his country, he boldly went to the intersection where the tanks were preparing to attack. He then ran to the lead tank, placed his hands on the vehicle, prayed a brief, but effective prayer, and rebuked the advance of evil in the name of Jesus Christ. The column of tanks ceased to advance with the lead tank remaining to this day as a symbol of victory and the fall of communism.


Our enemy is intent on preventing advancement and, were it possible, destroying the truth of the Kingdom of God. You, Lord, have no equal and victory is Yours. Deliver us from the plans of the evil one as we stand in the victory of Your grace declaring Your glory. Amen.