Deliver Us From Evil – Begging for It

Been on a break – sick last week and overwhelmed by life and church. Back at it today!

In this journey through Lent using The Lord’s Prayer, I come to the phrase “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” And this quote launches this week’s reflection –

Many assure us that Jesus really means “keep us away from temptation,” or “lead us out of temptation,” or “remind us that you never tempt us.” Of course none of these things is what Jesus actually said. He told us to beg God not to put us to a test, presumably because we would fail it. What a vote of confidence in us! What a vote of confidence in God! What a way to conclude a conversation!

Telford Work, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

Despite a life-time of positive affirmation and thinking, I cannot do everything. There are things – many things- beyond my ability. I don’t know everything. And what I know I don’t fully understand.

Evil is bigger than me, bigger than my ability to overcome. I need someone to deliver me. I need Christ.

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