My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. (John 17:11)
Jesus prayed that His followers will have maximum impact on the world in which we live, and asked His Father to give us divine protection in the power of His Name. It is important that we stand upon the word that tells us to be self-controlled and alert because the devil is looking for those he can devour (1 Peter 5:8), and that we do not give him a foothold in our lives (Ephesians 4:27). As we ask for protection however, our souls can triumph over the enemy, even with bodies that fail. “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).
I thank You Lord that You lived as a man in this world and understand the struggles we face. Teach me to continually ask for Your protection and to walk in that protection as I serve You.
–Adapted from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts, available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for his love (1 Jn. 4:16). Give thanks that “we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” (1 Jn. 3:16). Confess those times when you fail to love others. Commit yourself to laying down your life for your brothers and sisters in Christ (3:16). Ask God to drive all fear away with perfect love (1 Jn. 4:18).
Ask God to expose the foolishness and treachery of the kingdom of darkness. Pray that the forces of the kingdom of God, in politics, education, science, media, business, entertainment, church, etc., will be united and focused in their efforts.
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