Satan doesn’t get much press anymore, even in the church. He likes it that way, actually. But evil is real and it’s a power to be reckoned with in the world. In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” [In the contemporary version, we say, “Save us from the time of trial” instead of “And lead us not into temptation”, for reasons you can hear in the message.] Whehn we say that, we are acknowledging the reality of evil in the world. So when you talk to God, it’s good to know who’s working against you.
As I say in the message, this was a hard one to prepare for, because the devil doesn’t like it when we expose him. He fought with me tooth-and-nail as I prepared to preach this message. But God has the victory!