Protection (Deliver us from evil)
Read: Matthew 6:13
I have always found this verse incredibly interesting. Why does Jesus use the word “deliver” when talking about how we should treat temptation? The word “deliver” is very strong. It means “to rescue” or “to snatch out of the clutches of.” But what are we to be rescued and snatched out of the clutches of? For Jesus, it’s “the evil one.”
The enemy is always looking for ways to thwart God’s plan for our lives. I’ve heard it said that, “Satan can’t take away your salvation, so he’ll settle for robbing you of your joy and keeping you from helping others find Jesus.” This is what we’re up against, and why it was so important for Jesus to include the final phrase, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be controlled and self-alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” When we pray that God would deliver us from the evil one, we are saying, “God, I can’t handle the enemy on my own. He is too strong for me alone. But your power conquers all, even the schemes of the enemy. O God, when the enemy gets near, let your strength deliver me.”
Pray: Father, I know that the enemy is constantly looking for ways to belittle your will in my life. He will do everything in his power to undermine your grace and goodness. But thank you that your power is unstoppable; there is nothing the enemy can do to separate me from your love and from your will. I pray that I would consistently seek You in my life and that you would continue to rescue me and snatch me away from the clutches of the enemy’s schemes. In Jesus’ name, amen.