The fast pace of life can cause individuals to overlook the obvious. In a rush to keep up with the bills, stress has blinded me from an important biblical truth. According to Jesus, one of the things you should pray for on a daily basis is protection from evil, Matthew 6:13. The outline what Christians refer to as the Lord’s Prayer or Our Father suggests evil is a by product of giving into temptation. Perhaps this might explain the apostle Paul’s warning in Ephesians 4:26-27.
Whether you tend to follow directions, live on the fence or like to play the role of a rebel, evil is on the other side of the door called temptation. Good intentions don’t mean a thing unless you walk with the king, 1 John 2:7. Words are meaningless without action as many, me included, need a heart transplant to our feet from evil, Psalm 51:10-11. If anyone thinks you can walk in the dark and just turn on the light whenever you want is fooling yourself. Compromise will derail souls, convincing minds to believe in lies, 2 Corinthians 614.
If there as anything communities, families or schools can do to create a hedge of protection is to ask God to deliver us from evil. However, this must be combined with the James 5:16 principle as confession lays a foundation for spiritual change. God doesn’t honor lukewarm prayers. Rather, by putting your heart, soul and mind into prayer, cry out to the Lord, believing your prayers will be answered, Matthew 21:21-22. May the Holy Spirit fill you with perseverance to stay motivated to fight this unseen battle, Galatians 5:16-18.
by Jay Mankus