“deliver us from evil”

In “the Lord’s Prayer,” which I pray a number of times many days, we are instructed to pray:

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Here temptation, or “lead us not into temptation” is juxtaposed with evil, or the evil one. We in Jesus know we are in a spiritual battle against spiritual entities. And yet we can find evil at work in humans, in human relationships, yes- in ourselves. And so we’re to be asking the Lord to keep us from temptation. The “but” is emphatic in the Greek.

The deliverance here is spiritual. There is no certainty in this life that we will be kept safe from evil done by humans. But we can know that God can help us not to cave in to the evil inflicted on us in the form of temptation either from our own hearts, or from the evil one.

The Lord is with us, and he gives us grace in spite of so many things, in spite of our own weaknesses, in spite of even our own failures and sins. We need to trust in him, he is our shield, our defense, through whom we resist, as we continue to pray and look to him daily for this deliverance.

That we might truly be God’s children in this world, even in the face of evil, together in Jesus for the world.