“Deliver us from overpowering temptations and the evil one”
In Jesus’ prayer, He reminds us that we are in a war with the world, our flesh, and the devil as our enemies. It is a battle for our souls and we are often out-matched. We need help!
The first part is a prayer is for deliverance from overwhelming temptation that includes riches, power, and honor which incline our hearts to believe that we do not need God. It reminds us that we are weak and prone to sin and in need of God’s help for deliverance from temptation within.
The second part of the prayer is directed against specific evils from Satan’s kingdom, including poverty, disgrace, contempt, and afflictions, which tempt us to despair, to lose all hope, and to become angrily estranged from God. This is a prayer for protection from evil outside of us which is personified by Satan and other enemies who wish to do us harm.
Jesus teaches us to pray for grace to stand firm in the face of temptation, and to resist the schemes of the enemy, remembering to look to Him for the way of escape. This is the same prayer Jesus prayed for His disciples on the night He was betrayed, “pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” We, likewise, must pray to be watchful and to depend on God’s grace to persevere against the onslaughts of evil.
Let’s pray today that God will:
- Help us embrace our trials as an opportunity to glorify God
- Teach us to pray as we resist temptation within
- Deliver us from the onslaughts of evil and attacks of the evil one
- Empower us to pursue holiness in all of life