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Monday, December 6, 2021

Bible Passage:The Lord's Prayer

But deliver us from evil.

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Here note carefully that it is at the end that we avert by this prayer, and are taught to avert, the evils themselves.  We may beg of God that these evils may be averted, yet the petition must be in its due order, and in the last place.  There are not a few who honor God and pray unto Him only that they may be delivered from evil; that is all they seek after.  Such never think anything about the first petition, that they are to prefer the honor, name and will of God to everything else.  They seek their own will only, they want to be delivered from their troubles whether God wills or not, and whether it is to His honor or not.  Whereas a truly God-fearing man prays thus: "O dearest Father, the affliction of this evil that is come upon me burdens and distresses me much, and I suffer much adversity and disquietude of mind.  Deliver Thou me therefore from these evils, and yet, in no other way than in that which may redound to Thy glory, honor, and praise: not my will, but Thine be done.  For the honor and will of Thy divine Majesty are dearer to me than all my own peace or advantage, either temporal or eternal."  This is a consistent and right prayer, which will without doubt be heard in heaven; but if we pray in any other way, or from any other motives, such a prayer will neither please God nor be heard at all.  We ought to pray to be delivered from evil to that end, that the will of God may be done, and that His kingdom may come, to the praise and glory of His holy name.

From evil, Lord, deliver us!
The times and days are perilous;
Redeem us from eternal death;
And when we yield our dying breath,
Console us, grant us calm release,
And take our souls to Thee in peace.

aka Pastor Robin Fish

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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