And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one - Matthew 6:13
Over the last few days we have been spending time thinking about Jesus’ model for prayer. Today we come to Mathew 6 verse 13 – “And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”.
Jesus, at the start of the Lord ’s Prayer is telling those listening, that this is how they should pray. We can learn from this instruction that temptation and spiritual warfare were important to Jesus, and He wants his followers to acknowledge this and pray into it, that we may be delivered from the evil one.
There have been times in my life when I have minimised or talked down the influence of the evil one, finding it difficult to think about or visualise. I have used phrases such as, “let’s not over spiritualise this”, and tried to continue in my own strength.
In Ephesians 6:12, Paul is clear that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.
We can’t be passive.
By not acknowledging, or simply ignoring the spiritual forces of evil we are not following the way of Jesus.
Jesus was tempted in every way (Hebrews 4:15), but did not sin (2 Cor 5:21). Jesus is our example, and our teacher, and we are to live a life as close to His as possible. Therefore, as His disciples, we should expect to face the same things He did, to face temptation and testing.
The good news is we are on the winning side! But we still have battles to face in our individual journeys. We should not fear these, but acknowledge them, knowing that through the Holy Spirit we can be equipped to face them, as Jesus was.
In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus clearly lays out how we can posture our hearts before God, to face our daily challenges in life. The Passion Translation puts it this way: “Rescue us every time we face tribulation and set us free from evil. For you are the King who rules with power and glory forever. Amen.”
Today, let’s ask God to rescue us every time we face tribulation and to set us free from the evil one, knowing in our hearts that He is the King who rules with power and glory forever.