DELIVER US FROM EVIL
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Stuff happens. There is plenty of bad stuff to go around for everybody. There is physical sickness, emotional struggles, marriage problems, financial woes. Then there are stuggles with work, issues with our children, political problems; need I say more. You get the picture, something went wrong in our world, obviously a good God never intended for us to experience all the pain and trauma that comes directly from our fall from favor with our God. In the model prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us how to deal with evil, bring it to God. A.B. Simpson had plenty to say about this phrase, “deliver us from evil”. Here is a portion of his comments on this verse.
“There are many forms of evil which do not come from the evil one. We have as much cause to pray against ourselves as against the devil. And there are physical evils covered by this petition as well as special temptations. It is a petition, therefore, against sin, sickness and sorrow in every form in which they could be evils. It is a prayer for our complete deliverance from all the effects of the Fall, in spirit, soul and body. It is a prayer which echoes the fourfold gospel and the fullness of Jesus in the highest and widest measure. It teaches us that we may expect victory over the power of sin, support against the attacks of sickness, triumph over all sorrow and a life in which all things shall be only good and work together for good according to God’s high purpose. Surely the prayer of the Holy Ghost for such a blessing is the best pledge of the answer! Let us not be afraid to claim it in all its fullness.”
What kind of “evil” are you facing today? Are you facing depression or sickness? Are you staring at financial crisis or marital failure? Maybe you are worried about your children and their role in this world. This prayer gives us the sure way out of our dilemmas, “Deliver us from evil”. Today, we have a refuge from the storms of life and the “evil” that Jesus spoke of. We can bring our requests to the Lord, knowing that He hears us and will speedily bring us our answer. Don’t hesitate, no need to be overcome with worrying about the troubles of life. Call upon the name of the Lord, “Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be your name. Deliever us from evil, show your glory as you overthrow every weapon that has been formed against us”.