Deliver Us From Evil

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“Deliver[i] us from evil[ii]” (Matt. 6:13)

Jesus taught us how to pray, acknowledging God, Our Father who is in heaven, and praying that Gods’s kingdom come, and for God’s will to be done. Jesus instructed us to pray that His will be done on earth as it is heaven. And then, Jesus gets to where we live, instructing to pray that God give us our daily bread, which means more than food, for forgiveness of our sins and and for deliverance from evil.

This is how the prayer Jesus taught us to pray aptly ends. Aptly because God’s end goal is deliverance of His children from evil, and not just deliverance from evil, but deliverance to God and His purpose.

Literally, this phrase in the original text means “draw us to Yourself (our Deliverer) and, thereby, deliver us from the pain and misery of evil”. God does not simply seek to deliver us from our troubles caused by the sin that entangles us: He delivers us to Himself for His divine purpose. Continue reading