The portion of the Model Prayer we’re going to look at today is a plea to avoid evil.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Mat 6:9-13)
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. (1Ch 4:10)
Deliver Us From Evil
In yesterday’s study, we saw that we are to ask God not to lead us into temptation. In essence, we’re asking God to keep us from doing evil. Here, we’re asking God to keep us from experiencing evil – to keep evil from being done to us.
The word translated evil is a general word that’s translated in several ways. The word can mean calamity or misfortune. This is the most benign meaning of the word. You get laid off from work, your car breaks down – these are examples of troubles that may come your way without you being targeted by your enemies.
The word may refer to mistreatment by people with evil intentions. They want to harm you. They knowingly treat you badly. It can also refer to attacks by Satan, the enemy of your soul, and his helpers.
Regardless of the source of trouble, this prayer asks God to protect you from it. Jabez asked God to keep him from evil, that it would not grieve him, and God granted his request. Jabez isn’t the only person God will do this for. You have not because you ask not (James 4:2).
Remember, we’re not just supposed to pray for ourselves. You have friends and loved ones with problems and struggles. Have you asked God to protect them? I was at a Revival Fires conference recently and heard Dr. Dennis Corle preach a great message on prayer. He used these two verses as his text:
But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you. (Phm 1:22)
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. (Pro 25:19)
He asked two penetrating question in his message:
- Who is trusting to be delivered from this trouble through your prayers?
- Are they having confidence in an unfaithful man in a time of trouble?
You ought to listen Dr. Corle’s sermon, Through Your Prayers.
What About You?
- Do you ask God to deliver you from evil each day?
- Do you ask God to deliver other you care about from evil each day?
- How much needless suffering have you and your loved ones endured because you haven’t asked God to protect you?