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).
–Adapted from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts
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.
Praise God that you know who he is because you have Jesus Christ, “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). Give thanks that “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Christ], and through him to reconcile to himself all things . . . by making peace through his blood” (1:19-20). Confess the instances when you spurn the reconciliation that God has accomplished.
Commit yourself to continuing in your faith, “established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel” (1:23). Ask that Christ will have first place in every part of your life, and that nothing else will rival him.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend