Tag: Pray

Our Father … Deliver Us From Evil

Luke 11:2-4 NKJV
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: … And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

Jesus knows that life on earth is not easy. In your journey of life you will always encounter the enemy. This enemy is known by many names, that is, the devil; satan; the deceiver and many others.
Therefore when we pray Jesus always wants us to pray that God would deliver us and give us victory over the devil and the many problems that the devil will throw at us.

Please note – you can never fight the devil on your own strength and on your own intelligence and think that you can win. If you are going to have victory over the devil you are ALWAYS going to need to have God with you and you are always going to need the presence and power of God inside you.

Psalm 78:35 NKJV
Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.

As we pray to God, Jesus taught through prayer that it is God ONLY who will lead us out of temptation. Jesus also taught that it is God ONLY who will deliver us from evil or the evil one.
We cannot deliver ourselves from the evil one on our own – we need Jesus to do that for us. We are saved by the grace of God and not by our own works (Ephesians 2:8,9). Therefore we cannot save or deliver ourselves. That is why He shed His blood for our sins. Jesus is our Redeemer and Saviour from all that is evil and from all things that work against God.
We cannot overcome all kinds of temptation on our own strength alone – we need Jesus to do that for us. The word of God says that we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
If we had the audacity to believe that we can overcome the devil by our own strength, then there would be no need for us to pray to God. However, without God we do not have strength neither do we have the power to overcome the enemy.

Romans 8:37-39 NKJV
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Therefore as we pray “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”, we must realize that God only can deliver us, and our ability to conqueror the evil one is though Christ Jesus our Lord.
As long as God is for us, in us and with us – the devil doesn’t have a chance.

TODAY. Let God deliver you from evil.

Our Father … Forgive Us Our Sins

Luke 11:2-4 NKJV
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father … And forgive us our sins,”

We all know that nobody is perfect. Only God is perfect.
Therefore we are all capable of making mistakes and of sinning against God. After all, it is because of sin that Jesus became the perfect sacrifice so that through Him, we may overcome sin and have a personal relationship with God.

Whenever we pray, Jesus taught us that we should ask God to forgive us of our sins. Whenever we don’t confess our sins to God, we will swell up with pride and become conceited. However when we confess our sins to God whenever we sin, we are always reminded and humbled that we need God and only God through His Son Jesus is able to cleanse us from all sin.

Therefore regarding God’s forgiveness we must understand the following when we pray and confess:-

  1. If we confess our sins, God is just to forgive us (If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9-10 NKJV)
  2. If we do not confess our sins and if we do not admit our sins, we presume to make God a liar (If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:10 NKJV)
  3. God will not remember not recall our sins in Christ when we genuinely confess and ask for His forgiveness (As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 NKJV)
  4. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. You do not need to continue feeling guilty after you have confessed your sins (There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 NKJV)
  5. When God forgives you, then you become thoroughly cleansed (“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 NKJV)
  6. God’s love for us compels Him to forgive. Love is the reason why Jesus came – so that we may not be condemned, but so that we may be forgiven. (For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 NKJV)
  7. If we want God to forgive us, then we too must also forgive other people who have wronged us. (Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”)

TODAY. Remember whenever you sin, remember to confess to God and He will always forgive you.

Our Father … Give Us Our Daily Bread

Luke 11:2-3 NKJV
Our Father … Give us day by day our daily bread.

God is the source of everything that is good. Whether one chooses to believe in God or not, God will always be the Provider. God provides to both believers and unbelievers. God provides to both the good and the evil. Jesus said in Matthew 5:45 “…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

There are some things in life that neither money nor fame or personal power can provide. Money for example cannot provide rain in a time of drought for example – only God can. Money cannot provide healing to a terminally ill person – but God can.

Therefore as Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He wanted us to learn to always and everyday pray for God to provide us with our daily needs.
I believe that praying for daily bread is not just limited to material needs and desires. However our daily bread can be extended to anything that gives us physical, mental and spiritual sustenance and edification for the glory of God.
Just as the physical body needs nutritious food on a daily basis, therefore your spirit needs God’s word on a daily basis in order to keep spiritually strong.
Therefore, everyday we must look towards God as the source of our physical and spiritual health and nourishment.
Everyday we must ask God and trust Him daily that He will supply our daily needs.

Luke 11:9-12 NKJV
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?”

TODAY. Pray, believe and receive all the daily bread that God wants to supply you with.

Our Father … Your Will Be Done

Luke 11:2 NKJV
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven …Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Whenever we come to God in prayer, whose will are you seeking to be implemented? Your will? Or God’s will?
Whenever we pray we must remember that God is the leader and we are His followers; God is in command and we are to obey Him; God is our Father and we are His children.
We must remember that we cannot force God to perform our will. Rather it is us who must follow and perform the will of God because He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep.

Therefore Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father in heaven …Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” because He wants us to remember that when we pray we are to desire, require and perform the will and plans of God into existence by our prayers.
The issues we pray about must be according to the plans and purpose that God has for a situation and for our lives.

Mark 14:36 NKJV
And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Before Jesus was about to be crucified, He was already feeling the immense pressure, the burden, the responsibility and the unimaginable pain that would come with being crucified for the sins of the world. Being in the form of a man, Jesus could have succumb to the fleshly temptation and the negative emotions which were swaying Him to avoid crucifixion, but Jesus always knew that the Father’s will and plans takes precedence therefore Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane saying “…not what I will, but what You will”.
Therefore we need to take the example of Jesus in prayer. We must pray not our own will, but the will of the Father. We need to pray and perform the will and plans of God in our life.

Sometimes praying God’s will may not be emotionally terrific, for example praying for your enemies (because Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies), but we must trust God that He knows what is best for our lives and that whatever God has planned – His plans are always turn out to be good and best.

TODAY. Pray the will of God.

Our Father … Your Kingdom Come

Luke 11:2 NKJV
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven …Your kingdom come.”

The kingdom of God is defined as the spiritual domain over which God rules and in which God is sovereign.
Therefore when Jesus taught us to pray, He was saying that our prayers must have the motive and purpose of desiring the kingdom of God to be present and dominant in our lives, in every situation and in our environment.

Luke 17:20-21 NKJV
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

In this particular portion of scripture, Jesus was not referring to the kingdom of God as being a specific place or venue, but He was saying that the kingdom of God must be is in us and it must be a part of us and our daily lives.
The Pharisees had the impression that the prophesied Messiah would be a political king and warrior who would give them a military deliverance from the rule of the Romans.
However, Jesus’ explanation to the Pharisees was that the kingdom of God was also about God having spiritual dominion and Lordship in our lives. That also means God’s presence and value systems must have dominion in us.
Therefore even when we pray, we should pray for God’s value systems and God’s Lordship to be dominant in the lives of our families, our country and in every situation so that God may be glorified.

Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Jesus taught that seeking FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness is a priority over any material possession or physical desire that we may have. The kingdom of God is more important than the temporary things such as money, clothes, power and fame.

Therefore when we pray “…Your kingdom come…” we are praying and seeking for God to come and establish His reign and dominion.

TODAY. Seek and pray for the kingdom of God to come and reign.