You can’t pray like this every day, you can’t beg for the restoration of the world, for the coming of the Kingdom of God, for the Hallowing of God’s name on earth and not expect to be opposed by the ruler of this present age.
We live in contested space. This world is not neutral.There are competing political regimes and economic regimes and cultural regimes and spiritual regimes. Every inch of this planet is claimed and counter-claimed and reclaimed and counter-claimed.
If you begin to take prayer seriously you will find the spiritual intensity of your life rise up and you will certainly face opposition. So Jesus tells us to pray. To pray for deliverance and protection from, not just evil in general, but from the evil one. Namely Satan. Who has his own rule and reign and authority in earth and is not super exited about giving that up to anyone. As we begin to pray, Jesus teaches that we need to also pray for protection because this will get spiritually intense.
If you are not on your guard, you could be taken out. One lustful look from a coworker. One word from your boss. One lie you choose to hold on to. We live in contested space.
But the good news is this: We are not fighting for victory, we are fighting from victory.
We are implementing the victory of God that Christ has already won on the cross. Way back in Genesis, right after the Fall, God promises that His son would one day crush the serpent's head!
The starting point of the story of renewal is the victory of God over Satan’s system - sin, hell, death, all of these things. And so we know there will be opposition. We expect it. We prepare for it. We suit up for it. We take it very, very seriously. But we know that ultimately the battle has already been one. The victory is already ours in Christ.
Which is why we can pray, "For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen!"