Preparing for 24:7 Prayer – November Reflection

On earth as in heaven

‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…’

In preparation for our week of 24:7 Prayer commencing 13th January 2017 we are looking at The Lord’s Prayer over the six months from July to December, a section at a time.
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Forever I’ll stand

We reach the point in this prayer where we recognise the reality of the battle that is taking place over us all the time.

I’m reminded of the passage in 2Kings 6, where the prophet Elisha’s servant sees the enemy drawing close and doesn’t know what to do. Elisha prays that his servant’s eyes will be opened to the reality of the situation, and the servant sees ‘the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around them’.

I wonder sometimes how much we get on with the day to day demands of life, without giving much thought the to the battle the rages over and around us – for our hearts and our allegiance. What would it be like to actually see the battle, the ‘enemy prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour’, and the Lord’s heavenly hosts standing guard, defending His own people and prize?

As Jesus places this request in his teaching on how to pray, surely we are to take this very seriously. It has been said that a better translation might be ‘Keep me from going to the place of temptation, where I give in to sin’.

When I became a Christian, for many years I struggled to sing the words ‘Forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand’, from ‘My Jesus, my Saviour’. I couldn’t understand how I could be so confident in myself that I would always be able to say those words. I knew where I had come from before meeting Jesus and I knew the weakness of my own heart. But one day I realised that as I ask God to keep me his, to hold me and protect me then my confidence is no longer in me but Him! Jesus tells us to pray this way because we need to look to Him. Scripture tells us that ‘none of us are tempted beyond what we can bear. But when we are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that we can stand up under it.’ (1Corinthians 10:13)

The battle won

He has promised to give us all we need – He is our good Shepherd and mighty Saviour, and when we make our dwelling place with Him, He promises that His angels will stand guard over us (Psalm 91:9-11)

His truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and Spirit are all we need to resist the devil’s attack.

Ephesians 6 speaks of putting on the armour of God and, in particular I am drawn to the shield of faith, ‘which extinguishes the flaming arrows of the evil one’. The arrow would have been a primary offensive weapon used by the Romans. Soaked in flammable liquid and lit before aiming and firing, if the arrow itself didn’t cause lethal damage, then the fire would slowly burn and spread.

Don’t you find that some sin hits fast and deep, causing immediate colossal damage, whereas other sin will subtly spread and grow until it is all consuming?

The Romans would have held up a shield soaked in water to extinguish the flaming arrows coming their way. How much more do we need to protect ourselves from temptation to sin by holding up the shield of faith? Faith that is firmly rooted in Jesus and all that He achieved for us on the cross. We lift high a shield soaked in the blood of Jesus, demonstrating to death and sin that they have been defeated once and for all. Hallelujah!

O grave, where is thy victory?

O death, where is thy sting?

Lift up your heads, ye heav’nly gates,

The mighty work is done;

A broken seal, a lifted rock,

Proclaim the battle won.

(Fanny Crosby hymn)

24:7 Prayer Week 13.01.17 to 20.01.17
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September Reflection

August Reflection

July Reflection

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