In Matthew 6 the Lord gives us a pattern for the way we should pray. But are these the priorities of our prayers? When was the last time you prayed,
“Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil” (verse 13)?
And yet, this is such an important request, one that connects to everything that Jesus teaches in this passage. In prayer we come to God as our loving heavenly Father (verse 9), but Satan will tempt you to doubt His love. We are to pray for God’s name to be honored (verse 9), but Satan will tempt you to dishonor God’s name through your thoughts, words, and actions. We are to pray for God’s kingdom to come (verse 10), but Satan will distract you with other things to fill your life. We are to pray for God’s will to be done (verse 10), but Satan will tempt you to disobey His will. We are to pray for our daily needs (verse 11), but Satan will tempt you to either worry or to be self-sufficient. And we are to pray for God to forgive you as you forgive others (verse 12), but Satan will tempt you to downplay your sin and to not forgive others’ sins.
This is a prayer of humility, asking God to do something that you cannot do yourself. This is a prayer of wisdom, realizing the great danger and destruction of sin. This is a prayer of trust, relying on the Lord for what you need most. This is a prayer for blessing, because keeping away from sin put you in a position to receive all that God has promised you.
So put this prayer for trust, discernment, and courage on your list and keep it there. God says in His word, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” May that be your blessing as you run to Him.