13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
According to Jesus, God will not lead us into temptation and that He will also deliver us from the tempter. The Greek word for “deliver” is rhyomai which means “to snatch”. Therefore, when we pray, we are asking God to snatch us from the clutches of the devil and to protect us from all harms and dangers.
If we want to be delivered from evil—and the Evil One, we must consistently pray for deliverance. To pray for deliverance is to exercise your freedom in Christ. Satan cannot take advantage of us when we stand completely rooted in the truth of what Christ did for us. Then, no temptation can overtake us that is beyond what we can resist and overcome.
Prayer is not an obligatory function, that is, something we do before taking meals or exams. Rather, prayer is our weapon and the means of our victory over Satan in Jesus’ name. We can see the example of Jesus telling his disciples: “Pray that you will not fall into temptation” (Luke 22:39). In other words, God does not forsake us when we are tempted. Rather, our Father comes to our aid and saves us from Satan’s malice and schemes.
No doubt, it is easy to fall into temptation when we neglect to grow a healthy prayer life.
Purpose yourself to pray regularly each day for your spiritual and physical well-being. Pray without ceasing. Do invite others to pray for you and with you.
This was what the Apostle Paul did. He was always ready to use the power of prayer to fight against the power of darkness. Prayer empowered him to discern and overcome demonic oppositions. That was why he often gained the higher ground in spiritual warfare and battles.
It was through his personal victories that Paul could instruct the churches how to experience Christ’s victory over Satan in their daily walk. He told the Corinthians: “It’s my duty to make sure that Satan does not win even a small victory over us, for we don’t want to be naïve and then fall prey to his schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:11, The Voice).
Pray for spiritual insight and experience victory in your daily battles.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®.
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.