PRAY THE ‘OUR FATHER’ (LUKE 11:1-4)
Jesus said ‘. . .when ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation; but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
With so much happening in the world lately, we need to be fervent about praying every day for protection from evil. Jesus taught us how to pray to God, our Father in heaven, and this last part is of particular importance- ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’.
We need to include this part, ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’ in our daily prayers because the days we live in are very evil, as in the days of Noah when:
‘. . .God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth
and that every imagination
of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually’. (Gen 6:5)
‘The earth also was corrupt before God,
and the earth was filled with violence’. (Gen 6:11)
The apostle Paul described the last days as perilous times and a time of increasing evil (2 Tim 3:1-5, 13). This period at the end of the age is described in Luke 21:25-26:
‘And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon, and in the stars;
and upon the earth distress of nations,with perplexity;
the sea and the waves roaring;
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things
which are coming on the earth:
for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’
PRAY ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL‘
Pray for God’s divine protection so He will ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL‘ by naming our family members, friends, co-workers; pray for those in authority, etc.; pray specific prayers. When we stand in the gap and intercede for others, God wants to hear the details, and see the sincerity and intent of our hearts!
I always cover my family with prayers for protection ‘from the evil one, from harm and evil; sickness and disease, accidents and injuries‘; for traveling mercies for my children and grandchildren as they drive to work, and to school, etc. We need to cover all our bases when we pray for God to protect and ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’.
Pray for God’s angels to watch our coming in and going out, that they will go before us and surround us. Trust God to ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL.’
Verse to remember:
‘For God shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone’. (Psalm 91:11-12)