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The Lord’s Prayer – A Closer Look – Part 5   Leave a comment

Continuing on from Part 4, I am taking a more in depth look at what is commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer” or “The Model Prayer” found in Matthew 6.

Verse 13 Continued…

“…But deliver us from the evil one….”

We know who the evil one is. If not, we certainly should. The evil one of course is the devil and he works to deceive the whole world. (Rev. 12:9) In fact, one of his greatest deceptions perhaps is that many people don’t give him much thought or believe that he even exists at all, let alone that he influences every facet of society on a global scale.  The most dangerous enemy, is the one you don’t know or believe exists.

Now think about what his goal is… Is it simply to turn us to his side or to turn us away from God? Well, he does work to do those things, but to what end? What is his ultimate goal? If you guessed something along the lines of “destruction of all that is good”, you’ve probably got it right on the nose. He doesn’t just want us to turn from God…he wants us dead spiritually; destroyed; gone. He would kill us if allowed, but only after destroying us spiritually of course. He hates God and therefore hates anything to do with God. Including God’s plan for family. He hates that God has a plan to create a family out of us; these bags of flesh that we currently are; that one day we will be given more power and authority than the devil ever had, when we are brought into the very God Family itself (something else he can never have).

And so make no mistake…he hates you. He hates every one of us, whether we follow God or not. But he especially hates those who are striving to live God’s way now. He seeks to destroy them. Devour them spiritually and physically.  Just look at what he did to Job. God had to command the devil not to kill him physically as well. Further evidence is given to us in a warning found in 1 Peter 5:8. We are warned thus: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…”  He wants nothing less than our utter destruction.

“Be sober, and vigilant”.

This is interesting in that Christ, in the model prayer is showing us to ask God for His guidance, His protection, His deliverance from the devil. He wants us to be mindful that not only is the devil out there seeking to destroy us, but that we need to be asking God for protection that only He can give.

And so, we are reminded in the Lord’s Prayer, to ask God to deliver us from the devil. Physically, mentally and emotionally, we are simply no match for the devil.  We have no power ourselves against such a being as the devil.

Think of it like a boxing match…. In one corner, we have a super powerful being (not to mention his servants and minions). A former archangel who’s been around since man was created.  And in the other corner, we have…insert your own fantastic physique, lifetime experience, and mental prowess here.  Statistically speaking…it doesn’t look good for us.

Thankfully… in this spiritual battle that we have entered into, this spiritual boxing ring, (to continue with that analogy) we have something far superior to all that devil is and has at his disposal. We have God in our corner.

In FACT… we get to actually wear armor in this match, don’t we. And we get a shield! Eph 6:10-18. The “shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”.  Hey, he’s using arrows in this “boxing match”, its only fair I suppose. 😉

So, our only safety we that have comes through always looking to God as our guide and making the decision to acknowledge God in every choice, in every path we take. God will lead us as we read previously. (see part 4)  And God makes available the strength of our Savior. (“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13) He has also granted us the law that says, if we resit the devil he will flee from us. (James 4:7)

We also have 2 Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”

It is very clear that our protection comes from God. In fact… truly, He and our Christ, are our ONLY protection. And so we are reminded in Christ’s prayer, to ask God for His protection from the devil.

“…But deliver us from the evil one….”