As we wrap up our month of rest, we hope that you enjoy this last day of some of our favorite blogs from earlier in the year.
We are wrapping up our journey of learning how to pray. Each day, you have been given a different key to open a new door that you may have never opened before in your prayer life.
This week has been all about the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. We are going line by line, using each line as another key.
Continuing to learn how to pray, here is your last key: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you away from temptations. To guard your steps. To govern your decision making. Like a good Father would, God knows the places that can so easily ensnare you. He wants to help you avoid them in the first place.
“Evil” here could actually be a direct object: “the evil one.” Meaning Satan. The master manipulator and father of lies, who studies you regularly to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He lays traps for you to catch you. Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you away from his traps.
But, should you ever become ensnared, go to the cross. Experience anew the power of the blood of Jesus. Share your freedom in Christ with others. Revelation 12:11 says that through the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony, we conquer the enemy. By speaking and praying in the power of the NAME of Jesus, we regain the power. How the enemy hates it when we do this.
Galatians 5:1 reminds us that Jesus wants us to be free in Christ. And when you pray for his forgiveness and love and grace over your life, every chain is broken!
As you practice each one of these lines from the Lord’s Prayer each day for a week, you’ll find that you have more than enough to pray for and that you can spend an hour in prayer without even thinking twice!
I pray you walk away from these two weeks more confident in how to pray and with keys to open up spiritual doors into the presence of God.