GENUINE PRAYER SEEKS GOD’S PROTECTION
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
God is not the author of temptation because He is holy (“hallowed be Thy name”). James 1:13 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.”
Because Scripture does not contradict itself, Jesus must mean in the Lord’s Prayer that we ought to pray that God would not lead us into trials and tests that will cause a weak spot in our character to crumble under the weight, and result in sin.
Sin is never God’s fault. And He will not allow us to be tested beyond what we can stand. But He will allow us to be stretched to reveal weaknesses so that we might turn to Him and gain strength to overcome adversity.
To “deliver us from evil” means to be delivered from the evil one– the devil. Too often we are under spiritual attack and do not realize it. Consistent times of prayer each day and moment-by-moment will open your eyes that you are in spiritual warfare.
We should be praying for spiritual protection. Charles Spurgeon said, “We must not expect that a man, unaided from above, should ever be a match for a demon, especially a demon whose intellect has been sharpened by malice.”
In Ephesians 6:10-18, we are commanded to put on the full armor of God. Every day put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit. Each piece of the armor is a reminder that in Christ we are saved, we have been made righteous, His truth is the truth, our peace is in Him, our faith sees His protection, and His word is a powerful weapon against the Enemy’s lies.
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Application of God’s Truth
In what ways have you been insensitive to spiritual warfare? The symptoms of spiritual attack show up in our relationships with God and others. Ask God to show you how.