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Friday, June 26, 2015

Deliver Us from Evil



     In Ephesians 6:11-12 the Apostle Paul writes, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”(ESV)

     Residents of the USA, in general, don’t encounter evil on a daily basis. As a result, they live as if evil were not real. Then, evil rears its ugly head in a dramatic way, such as when individuals use firearms to massacre people in a shopping center, a movie theater or a school, or when individuals use bombs to maim or kill people.

     How people respond to such displays of evil varies. Some people overlook the evil that produced such events and instead focus on the means that was used to carry out the events. Some people overlook the evil and instead seek things that may mitigate the responsibility for the evil actions.

     In contrast, Jesus taught people to pray “deliver us from evil”, not “deliver us from weapons” or “deliver us from poverty or anything else that might result in having a bad childhood”. 

     We need to respond to evil by praying the way that Jesus taught, not by putting into practice the expression “See no evil; hear no evil; speak no evil.”


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