Communication with God through Prayer and Guidance from the Spirit of the Lord Are Protections against Satan’s Attacks
Doctrine and Covenants 76:25–29
25 And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son,
26 And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning.
27 And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen! is fallen, even a son of the morning!
28 And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ—
29 Wherefore, he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about.
President Boyd K. Packer said:
“No Father would send His children off to a distant, dangerous land for a lifetime of testing where Lucifer was known to roam free without first providing them with a personal power of protection. He would also supply them with means to communicate with Him from Father to child and from child to Father. Every child of our Father sent to earth is provided with the Spirit of Christ, or the Light of Christ (see D&C 84:46). We are, none of us, left here alone without hope of guidance and redemption. . . .
“As children of God, we learn we are part of His ‘great plan of happiness’ (Alma 42:8).
“We know that there was a War in Heaven and Lucifer and those who followed him were cast out without bodies:
“‘Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, . . . rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ—
“‘Wherefore, he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about’ (D&C 76:28–29).
“We were given our agency (see D&C 101:78). We must use it wisely and remain close to the Spirit; otherwise, we foolishly find ourselves yielding to the enticements of the adversary. We know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ our mistakes can be washed clean, and our mortal body will be restored to its perfect frame.”
(“Prayer and Promptings,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 43–44.)