So, you are having a conversation with the Lord. You have stolen yourself away to the secret place and have shut the door. You have spent some time just acknowledging who He is. You have surrendered your will, and you have laid your requests before Him in the humility of worship. You have allowed Him to check your heart, to search you and let you know the truth for you to deal with it...and you have dealt with it. You have allowed Him to let you know of others whom you need to forgive, and you have chosen to forgive them. What do you do now?
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
P - Praise and surrender
R - Request, read and repent
A - Acknowledge that you need help and protection
"And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."
It would be wonderful to be able to stay in the prayer closet all day, just me and Jesus. To continue basking in His Presence, drawing closer and closer to Him - what a way to spend the day! However, life awaits. That doesn't mean that we have to flip the switch off of our connection to Him. Yes, we are to pray without ceasing, but the Lord knew that we needed a safeguard as He spoke that model prayer to His disciples. He knows what awaits us as we arise from alone time with Him.
The enemy is waiting to cause us to fall. We have been in the secret place, so we are abiding under the Lord's shadow. We are living under His covering. So why would Jesus state "lead me not into temptation?" The enemy wants to lure us out from under that covering. He wants us to step back into our own way and will of doing things, so that we are set up to fall.
From experience it is when I have felt the most spiritually near the Lord that I have been ironically the most vulnerable to enemy attack. We must acknowledge that we need led away from temptation...that we need protection from the evil one. On our own, we will fall every time. You really do have an enemy, and he comes only to steal, kill and destroy. Ask for help before the battle!
I challenge you to remember to ask the Lord to show you the way of escape with every temptation thrown your way. I urge you to guard your heart with His way of living. Don't let the enemy trip you up; rather, trip him up by trusting in the grace of God. It's time to live in victory.
Father, we need Your help in walking out the nearness to You that we experience in prayer time. Please lead us not into temptation, but please deliver us from the evil one. We need You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13, Psalm 91, Job 1:8-10, 2 Corinthians 12:9