The Lord’s Prayer Cont’d
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…
Thanks to Hollywood movie makers, there is no end to interpretations of what evil is, what it looks like, how it behaves, how it can be subdued and conquered, and so on.
I recently watched a few episodes of the Sleepy Hollow series and apart from the awful script (my husband disagrees!) I was absolutely amazed at how wrong a biblical interpretation could be… in this case, an interpretation of End Times and of the devil’s role in it.
In one of the earlier episodes, a priest sprinkles salt and holy water at the entrance a house to prevent an evil spirit from entering and possessing a young girl inside. That plan was foiled and the spirit entered, eventually confronting and killing the priest.
To discuss spiritual warfare is a cup of tea for another day. Suffice it to say here that one of the things Jesus encourages us to pray for in his model prayer The Lord’s Prayer, is for protection from and victory over evil.
The fact that we are to look to God to deliver us from evil is rested in a confidence we can have that He is able to conquer the evil one. In fact, according to Colossians 2:15, he has already done so. Hallelujah!
“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (NIV)
Not only has he conquered evil but he says that those who are in Christ Jesus (who rest secure in a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour) have the ability to conquer evil which opposes them in throughout life as well.
In James 4:7, the Apostle James tells us that when we submit ourselves to God (that is our will, emotions, agenda and entire being), and we RESIST the Devil, he will flee from us.
The Devil, Satan, or the enemy (however you choose to call him) has a clear mandate to “steal, kill and destroy” you. (see John 10:10). And so resisting him is not something to take lightly or to do one day and not the next.
There are several techniques that persons will cite as ways to resist the enemy. One of the sure-proof ways is to read and meditate on God’s Word so that his Word becomes hidden in your heart. In times of temptations, we lean on this Word and declare it in our prayers, believing that God, our Rescuer, our Deliverer, will provide an escape.
In times of temptations… God, our Rescuer, our Deliverer, will provide an escape.
In times of temptation, we can make 1 Corinthians 10:13 the basis of our prayer.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is FAITHFUL; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”
That concludes out breakdown of the Lord’s Prayer, itself a model upon which we develop effective prayers for ourselves, our families, our communities, and even people or situations miles away from us.
I trust that you were encouraged in some way and look forward to you continuing to follow Feathers For Every Season as we resume our devotions.
There’s indeed much happening at home and in the wider world to talk (and pray) about!