Prayer is a powerful weapon against Satan, that any Christian can have.
In the book of Matthew (6:9-13) and Luke (11:2-4) Jesus gives us clear instructions on how we should pray…
The Lord’s Prayer should be understood as the very foundation that should go into our prayers.
I love reading the bible and meditating on scripture until Gods revelation comes!!
Here is how it breaks down…
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”
I love Psalm 91:1-2 as it gives the main names that we can call our Father by:
- The most high (El Elyon)
- The Almighty (El Shaddai)
- The Lord (Jehovah)
- My God (Elohim)
This first part is teaching us whom to address our prayers to—the Father and is telling us to worship God, and to praise Him for who He is.
“your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
This is a reminder to us that we are to pray for God’s plan in our lives and the world, not our own plan! We are to pray for God’s will to be done, not for our own desires. This is regarding our own lives, family, church and even nation. Gods ultimate will for our lives was to experience righteousness, love, peace and joy.
“give us today our daily bread.”
We are encouraged to ask God for the things we need – he has made provision for us. The thief has come to steal what is rightfully ours and therefore we need to claim it back. We also need to remember that, we reap what we sow.
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”
This part of the prayer is about relationships – which reminds us to confess our sins to God and to turn from them but also to forgive others as God has forgiven us. Right after the Lords Prayer, Jesus emphasises the importance of forgiveness and this is apparent throughout the Bible.
The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer…
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”
This is a plea for help; in achieving victory, over sin and a request for protection from the attacks of the devil.
This leads me into what I feel should follow the Lords prayer (in our daily prayer life) and that is praying through, the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:14-17)
To put on the whole armour is to “put on Jesus Christ” The armour simply enables us to resist the efforts of the devil against us spiritually. Going back to Psalm 91 – this is another great prayer for protection. It builds up a hedge around us, family, friends, church and our nations for instance – through Faith; that we can stand against the Devil because we can resist him.