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I fear that the devil will come to me, especially at night to scare me. As a result I lose a lot of sleep. I also fear that God may test me by sending the devil to me. What should I do?

Do not be afraid. Although the devil is cunning and persistent, he has no authority over God's children. God allows for people to be tested, but there has never been a situation in which God sent the devil to someone just to test him. The Lord has given us spiritual weapons to fight evil spirits. Read and learn the psalms; read the Holy Bible and pray the Prime and Compline Hours of the Agpeya daily; repent and confess your sins to your spiritual father on a regular basis, so you may partake of the Holy Eucharist. "Thus, we do not get troubled by diabolic wars as long as the hand of the Lord is with us during them, fighting on our behalf, and conquering" (H.H. Pope Shenouda III, Diabolic Wars).
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