This is the last part of the pattern of the Lord’s prayer.
A series begun so long ago.
It’s just a few words long – but it is packed with so much meaning.
It’s a short post today – no pictures – just words. Sorry, you know I heart pictures, but today I lack the time.
When I pray this part of the prayer,
when I chat with God about it,
the words are affected by circumstance, time and place,
they reflect where I am in my life at that particular moment,
so each time it’s different,
but it is all on this theme…
“protect me from the Evil One.”
I know that some say “deliver us from evil” – but in the Greek it’s specifically, “the Evil One”.
more than the simple temptations and trials of life that I bump into,
there is an Enemy that has to be fought,
an Enemy that wants my extinction.
There is a hateful, malignant evil that seeks to do me harm.
I am a child of Yours, something that he can never be.
He is jealous,
He didn’t get started as pure evil,
but by now he is.
only you are perfect at anything,
but he sets the farthest limits of Your creation,
on the wrong side of your will.
And I’m a creation too.
And on my own I’m defenseless in the face of this threat.
He is a superior, unavoidable enemy, whom I can’t beat unless You come to my aid.
I don’t ask so much to be spared from struggle (which I accept),
or from suffering (which I’ll endure),
but spare me from the encounter with this enemy,
who is stronger than all my strength,
more clever than all my intelligence.
He’s the “the ruler of this present age”.
But “He that is in me, is greater than he that is in the world”.
I know that You are my shield, my fortress, my deliverer.
On my behalf, you have personally opposed yourself to the Evil One.
He wants me destroyed.
But he can’t destroy me.
You stand in his way.
And can’t defeat you.
You have already saved me from his grasp.
As long as I have You, I have no need to fear him.
And I will always have You.
Protect me please from him, and from his minions this day.
And even as I ask it – I know it’s already done.