“Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah. As for the head of those who surround me, may the mischief of their lips cover them” (Psalm 140:8-9).
“Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). In this most-well-known prayer from around the world, Jesus gives His followers the stark realization that only “the Great Shepherd of the Sheep” can protect His lambs from the snare of the enemy. Only “the Great Shepherd of the Sheep” can empower a follower to overcome sin. Only “the Great Shepherd of the Sheep” can build a heart that is blameless, without a spot or blemish; a mind that thinks pure thoughts; a mouth that utters consistent words of honor; and a soul that can be maintained respectfully.