January 1

Direction in Prayer

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13

Jesus taught us much about prayer in example and in word. “The Lord’s Prayer,” or as it could be known, “The Disciple’s Prayer” is a part of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. It is the model prayer, and it gives us an outline of the subjects we should pray over.

At the close of the prayer, Jesus instructs us to pray for the Father’s direction for our day. It includes a healthy understanding of our enemy and his ability to deceive us away from the Father’s will for our lives. Satan loves to bring the child of God into the place of temptation and ultimately; after we have surrendered to temptation, to the place of bondage.

We should pray every day for God to lead us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Pray that He will give us daily deliverance from the enemy’s power and deceit. Yesterday’s deliverance was great, but we must depend on the Father to lead us daily. The enemy never ceases his relentless attacks. He plans and schemes to control us constantly. Therefore, prayer should be a vital part of our daily life.

Of course, we have opportunity for complete victory over all of the enemy’s attacks. As believers in Jesus Christ, we know who the King of the Kingdom is. It is His kingdom to which we belong, and after prayer, we are refocused on God’s kingdom priorities. We know that it is His power, which is able to accomplish all of these things and also know that it is all about His glory.

Prayer for today: Almighty God, as we begin our 40 days of prayer,  may these daily prayers bring us closer to You. Fill us with Your Spirit, Lord, and keep the evil one from distracting us as we focus on You and Your vision for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Continue to bless this congregation. Protect us from the evil one. We give heartfelt thanks for this vision of transformed lives as we reach out to our community, nation and world. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”