We can call upon the Lord with confidence – knowing that when we cry, “deliver us from the evil one”, God has all the authority and power to do it (2 Pet 2:9). “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim 4:18).
The Lord has even chosen to share His authority with us (Matt 16:19; 28:18-20; Mark 13:33,34; Luke 10:19), so that we can use this authority in prayer.
Through prayer, we can expect:
- victory over sin (Rom 6:4-23; 2 Cor 5:17);
- help in times of affliction (Isa 53:5; 1 Pet 2:24);
- triumph over sorrows (2 Cor 2:3-5; 4:16-18);
- grace [“divine enablement”] in trials (2 Cor 12:9); and
- assurance that God will work His highest good and purpose in every situation as we yield ourselves to Him (Rom 8:28).
STRENGTH, DELIVERANCE AND VICTORY
When evil rises against us and temptations do come, we have the assurance that, as we pray, the Lord knows how to deliver us from temptations (Heb 2:18; 2 Pet 2:9). There is NO temptation that we will face from which God cannot help us to escape (1 Cor 10:13). So our prayer can be confidently raised, “Father, as I face evil and temptation, help me to resist it and to be led in Your strength, deliverance and victory!” Hallelujah!
THE KINGDOM, POWER AND GLORY
The Lord’s Prayer, according to most early manuscripts, actually ends with “deliver us from the evil one”. But later translations often include the closing words, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matt 6:13).
These words encourage us to end our prayers with praise to God, giving to Him our believing confidence that He is able! We can bring all our petitions before God’s throne in prayer, then declare that our faith and trust for all that we need is in Him alone.
Our greatest resource is God’s greatness. We can have confidence that the Great God of the Bible, our loving Heavenly Father, will meet our needs, give us the ultimate victory, answer in His perfect timing, and fulfill His purposes.
God gives us power, but only He is All-Powerful. He shares His wisdom with us, but only He is All-Knowing. And He alone deserves all the glory!
We can humbly conclude our prayers, then, with this praise-filled declaration: “Lord, to you belongs all Kingdom power and authority. Let everything be for Your Kingdom’s sake, according to Your power, and for Your glory. So let it be done!”
PRAYER: A PRECIOUS TREASURE
Prayer is the responsibility of every believer, something God has commanded that we do. But prayer is not to be a burdensome duty; rather, it is our great joy and privilege to be welcomed into God’s presence every day!
Prayer is also not an assignment for just a select few. Though only some can preach, or provide leadership, or give gold and silver – ALL can contribute in prayer! From the oldest to the youngest; from the babe in Christ to the mature saint; from a bed of affliction or from a place of strength – every believer in Jesus Christ can pray! This is the Church’s most precious and valuable treasure: to invite God’s presence, provision and Kingdom rule into our lives and into every need and situation!