“Protect my followers from the evil one” (John 17:11, 15).
Jesus prayed that His followers would 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).
Father, I rest in the assurance that You are my fortress and my deliverer. No matter what this world or the evil one throws my way, I am confident of Your protection and power on my behalf.
–Adapted from Pray like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise Jesus for his mighty victory over temptation in his confrontation with Satan in the desert (Mt. 4:1-11). Thank God for his promise that you are never tempted beyond what you can handle (1 Cor. 10:13). Confess the many times you have yielded to temptation, not claiming God’s power to “resist the devil” (Jas. 4:7). Commit yourself to God that you may overcome evil with good (Prov. 3:7-8). Ask him to assure you that you will overcome all the power of the enemy because of his ultimate victory over Satan at the cross.
Pray that you, with the power of God, might use an opportunity today to help an unsaved friend have victory over temptation (Col. 4:5-6).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.