what is baptism:a few musings
One of the hazards of prayer life is the attack of the demons. The stronger we hold fast, the more ferocious these attacks become. The great ascetic Evagrios wrote of Desert Fathers who, despite being bounced around like a ball or thrown up in the air on a blanket by demons, still concentrated totally on prayer. Needless to say, such powers of concentration do not come easily or without God's aid.
One of the favourite attacks of the demonic pests who attack me is to slyly change a word, so that instead of praying "and deliver us from the evil one," I hear myself praying "and deliver us to the evil one"! Also, when reaching that crucial phrase, "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against", my mind becomes completely diverted. The only thing to do here is to repeat the prayer correctly.
The Desert Fathers and the Fathers in the Philokalia urge us to invoke the Holy Name of Jesus, because His Name spreads fear amongst the demons, dispersing them. For this reason I often "season" my prayer with
"Help me, Lord Jesus!"