Read Matthew Chapter 6 and Matthew 26:41
Mt 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
Mt 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
We should pray for deliverance from temptation and protection from the evil one. These verses require us to pray that we will be led away from temptation, and pray that we will not fall into temptation. This is different from the prayers we must offer up at the time of temptation. We don’t often think about praying beforehand for our deliverance from temptation. We should wonder how many sins we would not have committed if we had awakened in the morning with these two prayers on our lips. These should be on our prayer list every day, not only in the morning, but also at intermittent times during the day.
Secondly, we need to pray for deliverance from the evil one. We are also prone to overlook our need for this prayer. We have a powerful enemy in the spiritual realm, one who wants to sift us like wheat; who wants to devour us as a roaring lion. Fortunately, our Father is more powerful that he, but there is obviously a reason that Jesus asked us to pray for deliverance from the evil one. Even if we don’t understand the reason, we should pray for it, simply bowing to a greater Wisdom than our own.
We should awaken each day and go to bed each night, asking God to protect us from the evil one. We are totally defenseless in the night, when we are asleep, and have little control over our minds. Only recently have I began to pray at night for deliverance from the evil one. It has made a noticeable difference. For almost all of my life, I have had scary dreams, awakening in a state of fright. Lately, this has happened less and less, as I have asked for God’s covering for the night.
All of us know the truth of verse 41. “The spirit is willing but the body is weak.” Our bodies will continue to call out for satisfaction (although with lesser intensity as we grow spiritually). Our bodies are weak; therefore, the need for praying for deliverance from temptation and deliverance from the evil one is imperative. In order for our spirit’s desires to overcome our body’s desires, there must be power from the Lord. Let us pray more often as these verses suggest.
Danger: We may sometimes quote the latter part of verse 41, using it as an excuse for our failures. The verse is not an excuse, it is simply a truth. We have no excuses.
Prayer: It is only by Your hand that I am safe from my enemy. It is only by Your power I can avoid temptation and resist it when it comes. Thank You for Your faithfulness to come to my aid in these areas. I need not fear the enemy, but that’s true only if I submit myself into Your hands on a regular basis. In this way, You continually show Your love and protection over my life. You are a wonderful, precious Lord! Deliver me from temptation, and protect me from the evil one.