“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13).
To pray this prayer is to enter into the field of battle, to partner with God in reclaiming our fallen world, wresting it away from the false ruler of darkness and returning it to God the rightful king. The enemy’s weapons are hatred, strife, evil, despair—anything that produces distraction from God’s purposes. The weapons of the believer focus on God’s kingdom, are empowered by God’s Spirit, and are made active through the prayer ministry of the church. They are such things as loving, serving, praying, helping, healing, obeying God’s inner promptings, and reclaiming goodness in the midst of despair. According to the apostle Paul, the main weapon in the battle is “truth,” both the truth of the gospel and Jesus Christ who Himself is the truth (see Ephesians 6:14 and John 14:6).
But now Christ is risen from the dead. . . . For since by a man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all his enemies under his feet. (1 Corinthians 15:20-25)
When we pray “Deliver us from evil,” we invoke the power of God to deliver us from bondage. We upheld His name as hallowed and immediately prayed for the power of God’s kingdom rule to overtake and vanquish the evil found on earth. What is now more than abundantly clear is that God is working through our praying to cast out all evil, all wicked influence, and even the evil one himself in order to replace all of these with His own benevolent rule of justice, grace, mercy, and peace. By praying “your kingdom come,” we declared war on the forces of darkness and allied ourselves with God.
Lord Almighty, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, this world is dark and filled with evil, but You have overcome the world! My hope is in You and I am grateful that You have delivered me from the bondage of the enemy! Thank You that I have the victory to overcome his schemes against me and against Your kingdom in the Name of Jesus.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the Lord, your Savior and your God. Thank God for the hope that he gives to you and for the fact that he never forgets you. Confess all the desires which you have that crowd out your desire for God himself. Commit your soul to panting after God “as the deer pants for streams of water” (Ps. 42:1). Ask that you will “delight yourself in the LORD and [that he will give] you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4).
Ask God to cause your friends and family to have a deep thirst for him, and to allow nothing else to quench that thirst.