Prayer Part 7: "Deliver Us From Evil"

Posted on 11/11/2007 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It's an honor and a pleasure to meet with you yet again to magnify and glorify the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords together.

I would like to take a moment to send a special welcome to our visitors. If you have not already gotten a welcome card, please be sure to click the welcome sign in the foyer before you leave.

Many of you have posted prayer requests over the last three weeks, and I apologize that they have not been addressed. Just this past week we realized something on the server had changed and our system was no longer processing the requests. This has been resolved, and we have a lot of requests to pray for together, so let's all stand to our feet and go to the Lord in prayer.


Lord God, thank you for today, and for bringing us all here together. Thank you for what you have planned for each and every one of us, and for what you have planned for this group of believers.

We pray for the requests from the past few weeks.

We pray for Ricardo, who is being tested for cancer, and also has other physical and financial problems. We ask that you surround Ricardo with your people who will hold him up daily in prayer and will support him as a brother. Work a miracle of healing and provision in Ricardo's life, in Jesus' name.

We pray for Tami, who is having more surgery on her right ear. We ask that you, the one who created her ear in the first place, would reach down and touch her. You can recreate the nerves and make everything brand new, so we ask that your healing power would flow even now into Tami, in Jesus' name.

We pray for Maggie who is very ill and was taken to the hospital. You know what the sickness is, and we ask that you surround her with your angels and your Holy Spirit to watch over her and bring her through this safely, in Jesus' name.

We pray for Orthae, and ask that you heal Orthae's family, bringing unity in you, and that you help Orthae find the employment that is what you have in mind. We also ask that you, who already knows Orthae's desire to regain the one-strong fire for you, would fan that flame and re-ignite a passion for you that is greater than all else.

We pray for Isabel and her husband as they work with the youth at their church. We ask for God ideas to abound through them, and for a spirit of transformation to sweep through their midst. Give them wisdom, strength, and direction as they continue to serve you in their ministry.

We pray for Emme and her husband who have recently moved and are searching for the local gathering of believers where you would have them be a part. We ask that you guide them plainly, and that you would continue to draw them closer to you.

And now Lord, I pray for each one here or listening later. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us. Open our hearts to receive and seek after your presence. Open our ears to hear and obey your Word. And open our eyes so that we can get a more clear view of Jesus.

And it's in Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.


Click the pulpit for a notecard, and let's worship God with song.


MAKING WAR IN THE HEAVENLIES

Making war in the heavenlies
Tearing down principalities
Standing firm in Jesus' victory

Making war in the heavenlies
Casting down every high thing
That exalts itself against
    the knowledge of Christ

We do not bow our knee to the prince of the air
We know the Truth has set us free
And under our feet he will shortly be crushed
And having done all we'll stand in victory

Our hearts are set apart
    for the courts of the Lord
And we will not be bought or sold
By his Spirit in us we will overcome
Pulling down every stronghold


KING OF KINGS

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Glory, Hallelujah!
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Glory, Hallelujah!

Jesus, Prince of Peace
    Glory, Hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace
    Glory, Hallelujah!


I SURRENDER ALL

All to Jesus I surrender
All to him I freely give
I will ever love and trust him
In his presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at his feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now

All to Jesus I surrender
Lord, I give my self to thee
Fill me with thy love and power
Let thy blessing fall on me

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to thee, my blessed Savior
I surrender all


INTO MY HEART

Come Into my heart, come into my heart
Come into my heart Lord Jesus
Come in today, come in to stay
Come into my heart Lord Jesus


HE IS LORD

For he is Lord, he is Lord
He has risen from the dead
and he is Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord

For you're my Lord, you're my Lord
You have risen from the dead
and you're my Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord


Let's continue in this atmosphere of worship.

Lord, we do worship you. We magnify and exalt your holy name. We love you Lord, and we ask that you continue to draw us to run after you.

Teach us now by your Word. Open our ears, eyes, and hearts to hear what you want to say to us today.

Thank you Lord.

Amen.


You can be seated.


Today we continue with our series on what's often called "The Lord's Prayer." If you've missed any of the previous weeks, you can catch up at almcyberchurch.org.

Today we will talk about point 7 of 8:

"Deliver Us From Evil."

This prayer point reads, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Let's take the two parts of this one at a time and see what the Holy Spirit will teach us through the Word of God today.


Lead us not into temptation.

Now we know that God certainly isn't going to lead us into temptation for the sake of tempting us, for we read in James 1:13, "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone."

So we are not praying that God refrain from tempting us today. Rather, according to Second Timothy 2:22, we are to flee from temptation. And so we ask that today our paths lead us away from, instead of toward, temptation.

The answer to that prayer might be something as simple as a distraction that turns our head when in the other direction a fleeting moment that would tempt us to lust takes place. Or it might be that for some unknown reason we walk down an unlikely grocery isle and as a result we don't see so-and-so in the store, because God knows we are struggling with a tendency to gossip and so-and-so has a really juicy bit of gossip to share.

There are countless ways in which we could innocently wander into temptation. And so we pray at the beginning of the day that God would lead us away from temptation.

It would also be beneficial to pray that God would lead us into good opportunities, that he would lead us into situations in which we have the opportunity to share the Gospel, or minister to someone in need, or grow emotionally, mentally, spiritually, or even financially. God already knows all the opportunities that would be to the good of us and those around us. And when we ask him to lead us to them, not only will he do so, but we will be in a mindset that is looking for them.


If we are asking God to lead us away from temptation and toward good things, but since we love this or that temptation we are hoping it will cross our paths, then we have a bit of a conflict. It's important that we prepare ourselves to purposely avoid temptation by focusing on going to places and doing things and interacting with people that do not present the temptation from which we need to flee.

For example, someone who easily falls to the temptation to recreationally drink or violate his or her conscience even with moderation, should choose the New Year's Eve party that is alcohol-free instead of the one at which champaign is served.

Someone who easily falls to the temptation to overspend at yardsales should leave the money at home when driving through a residential area on a sunny Saturday.

If we are supposed to flee from that which would tempt us, that means we should prepare ourselves to go in the other direction, focusing not on that thing but on something pure and good. Our method of fleeing from temptation should be to flee toward righteousness.

Do you easily fall to the temptation to get into a heated argument? Then seek peace and pursue it.

Do you easily fall to the temptation to gossip and spread rumors? Then seek out good things to say about people and situations, and make it a personal policy to know the truth first hand before you speak, and to only listen to others who do the same.

I encourage you to take some time today with pen and paper to identify the areas in which you are greatly tempted, then write out a plan of action. And when you pray for God to "lead you not into temptation," pray that he strengthen you to put that plan into action, and that he give you wisdom, direction, and discernment so your plan is truly of him.


Next we pray, "But deliver us from evil."

We have already asked that God lead our paths and that he build in us a character that moves away from temptation and toward righteousness, purity, and Godly opportunities for good.

But there is another area of concern. There is some specificity here. If our request to be lead away from temptation were enough, Jesus would not have added, "but deliver us from evil."

Let's step back in time a bit. In fact, let's go all the way back to the days or weeks after time as we know it began.

Adam and Eve are walking in the garden, and a snake begins speaking from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The first mistake they made was that they were walking by this tree. But even then, there was another force that brought down the entire human race.

That force was evil. A force of darkness. Satan himself speaking through a serpent.

There are spiritual forces at work today as there perhaps have never been at any other time in history. The end is drawing ever closer, and the enemy is doing its best to steal, kill, and destroy.

When is the last time you have spoken in the power and authority of Jesus to a principality, stronghold, or demon, and commanded that the principality be weakened, the stronghold be torn down, or the demon be bound? Perhaps a more inportant question would be, when will you?

We read in James 4:7, "Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." Have you submitted yourself to God? Take a moment to make sure you have surrendered, and then resist the devil. Take back the ground he has gained.

"I reclaim my family, in Jesus' name! I have submitted myself to God, and I rebuke you satan, in the name of Jesus, and command you spirit of strife to leave my family, in Jesus' name! I speak against this stronghold in my life, and plead the blood of Jesus. You spirit of lust, the blood is against you, and your power over me is broken, in Jesus' name!"

Keep in mind that the spirit of religion will tell you you're being rediculous or even unholy. But this evil, too, must flee as you submit to God and resist it in Jesus' name.


There are many temptations and an abundance of evil in the world. Jesus prayed in John 17:15, "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one." We will suffer persecution, and loss, and temptations, and trials. And we should not live in fear of them.

As Second Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Fleeing temptation and seeking deliverance from evil should not be done in a spirit of fear. It is important to remember that we move away from temptation by moving toward righteousness, holiness, and purity, and we do these things so we can draw nearer to God and walk more closely with him.

In doing so, we will gain strength, endurance, and power through the presence of his Holy Spirit with us. And THIS is why we pray that God lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

We read in John 10:10 that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life in overflowing abundance. Certainly the more we can walk with Jesus instead of falling to the tricks of the devil and being overcome by sin and demonic opression, the more victory, peace, and power to do the will of God we will have.

And so we pray, every day, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."


The ministry team can come to the front now.


I believe every single one of us can grow in the area of being more diligent about walking in the paths of righteousness and Godly success instead of compromising with paths that lead to temptation.

I believe every single one of us can grow in the area of submitting ourselves more fully to God and being more bold and thorough in our resisting the devil, tearing down strongholds, and taking back territory the enemy has taken from us.

And so the altar call is for ALL of us. If you want to grow in these areas, get out of your seat and come to the front.


And if you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, this altar call is for you as well. Come to the front and instant message someone on the ministry team and say, "I want to give my life to Jesus."

When you're ready to start fellowshipping with others, please refrain from chatting while prayer and ministry are going on, and make your way to the room to your left where we'll all meet together in a bit for fellowship.


Lord, thank you for your Word today. Thank you for drawing us closer to you, and for shining the light of your Word on the straight and narrow path before us. Thank you for walking each step of the way with us, and for giving us your Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and empower us to walk with you.

I ask that you honor the statement each one of us is making today by coming forward or praying where we are. Cause us to hunger and thirst more and more for righteousness, for your Spirit, and for your heart, as we draw closer and closer to you.

And it's in Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.