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All too often we complicate things in life. We make them harder than they really are.
This is true with prayer. Many people don’t have a consistent prayer life because they don’t really know how to have one. They are intimidated by it.
Jesus gave us a beginner’s guide to prayer. One of Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them about prayer. In response, Jesus gave us The Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is more than a prayer to be recited. It is actually a simple pattern of prayer that teaches us exactly how to pray in a way that gets results.
An important part of prayer includes praying for protection. Jesus included this in His teaching about prayer. Look at what He said about this in Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV) “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
To be effective in prayer, we must understand that we’re actually in a daily spiritual battle. We are targeted by our spiritual adversary, the devil, every day, with temptations, and with evil attacks. While we shouldn’t live in fear of our adversary, neither should we be naive or dismissive of his devices and schemes.
This is why Jesus included this focus in His teaching on prayer. He wanted us to remember that we’re in a battle. He also wanted us to take advantage of the resources He has offered to us that help us overcome every strategy and tactic of darkness against us. Our daily prayer should include asking God to keep us away from things that deceive, trick and tempt us. It should include asking God to shut down and free us from any plans the enemy has to target us. Daily prayer is an opportunity to seek God for daily protection!