Deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:9-13)
The whole of the Lords Prayer is based on the foundations of our relationship with our heavenly father. It is from this point that everything else is built upon, and therefore from this context that we should view the verse: deliver us from evil. We ask two questions based upon this verse. The first is ‘what is evil?’, the second is ‘what does God’s deliverance look like in our lives?’.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
As we have discussed love is service and sacrifice. In the context of this verse, the word world refers to the systems of the world, as opposed to people. The way that the system of the world works is that you look after number one – the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. God’s kingdom is that he initiates, then we respond.
Evil isn’t simple. It is sin, pain, corruption, theft, cheating and so much more. It goes deeper though. It’s the sin inside us. The brokenness that leaves us with a bent towards seeking our own way first. It is not that everything we desire is bad/evil, though often it is our underlying motive for wanting it that reveals our true desire.
The greatest sin in our lives is that we don’t trust God. The more you can align yourself to God’s will, the greater joy and peace you have. The less we are aligned with God the more critical we become; more judgemental, less loving, less full of grace for others. At first when we move towards aligning with God it looks like you’re losing at first – missing out on something.
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