Today we will look at the final request in the Lord’s Prayer. But first, take a moment to remember the structure of Jesus’s model prayer:
1. His Reputation: “Hallowed be your name”
2. His Reign: “Your kingdom come”
3. His Rule: “Your will be done”
4. Our Provision: “Give us today our daily bread”
5. Our Pardon: “Forgive us our debts”
6. Our Protection: “Lead us not … but deliver us from the evil one”
The final request expresses our dependence in the area of spiritual battle:
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matt. 6:13)
It is very foolish to forget our dependence on God in our struggle against temptation and the evil one’s strategies, because “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). He knows how to make destructive things seem delightful and filthy things look fun. And when we fall, he tries to make us believe that God has taken away his love and Christ’s blood is not enough to cover your sin.
The Bible has two pieces of very good news. The first—in the famous “armour of God” passage in Ephesians 6:10-20—is that God has already given you the protection you need to stand against the devil’s schemes. This protection is the gospel message itself! As Paul creatively describes the six items of Roman armour, he is simply summarising the core truths of the gospel. Four of them will protect you from the devil’s tempting lies:
Belt: You have learned the truth about Jesus, the Saviour and Lord
Breastplate: Through Jesus, you have the gift of righteousness
Shield: By faith, you have been reconciled with God through Jesus
Helmet: Your salvation is secure because of Jesus
But in our spiritual battle, we aren’t only called to defend. As we speak the gospel, we storm Satan’s stronghold and rescue people from his power:
Footwear: The gospel which brings peace with God
Sword: The word of God, which is living and active
So how do you put on this “armour of God”? By reminding yourself constantly of the good news of Jesus (vv. 13-17), and by depending on God constantly in prayer (v. 18). Our good Father is our defence!
The second piece of good news that is the final glorious victory is coming:
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Rom. 16:20a)
To finish, think again of the sins you named and confessed yesterday. Can you see how Satan worked to deceive you? Perhaps it was by making the ugliness of sin seem attractive; or by filling you with shame to take away the comfort of the gospel; or by trying to stop you from turning away from your sin and back to God. Talk to God about Satan’s schemes, ask him to protect you by filling your mind with the wonderful truths of the gospel, and express your trust that he will hold on to you until Jesus returns.
Try to memorise these verses, and remember them throughout the day:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:38-39)
Verses for further prayer: Romans 8:31-38.