**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. It fell on Day 35 of this series.**
Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:10
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
When we pray The Lord’s Prayer, what does it mean when we ask for God to deliver us from evil?
First off, this line in the prayer shows us that there is indeed evil in this world. But before we get disheartened, let’s be encouraged because it also shows us that God has the power to deliver us from it!
To be delivered from something means to be saved, rescued, set free, liberated, released or redeemed.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that when Jesus died on the cross, we were delivered from our sins. Next he says that He will deliver us AGAIN. And if that doesn’t quell our fears, Paul states finally that God will CONTINUE to deliver us. We are reminded in this scripture that when we encounter evil or deadly peril in this world, we know that God will rescue us over and over again.
At district assembly this weekend, we were encouraged one evening to pray for what God has promised us. In the Bible, God has promised to set us free from our sins, so let’s pray for God to do that work in our lives.
Prayer Focus: Join me today in lifting up all the Nazarene pastors and their families.