TRUSTING GOD FOR PROTECTION

…but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:13)

If you realize the great danger that temptation poses to your soul, this petition will be a plea for God to provide a protection you can’t give for yourself. You will ask God to watch over your entire being so that in whatever you do or say, see or hear. and wherever you go, He will guard you from  sin.

Joseph understood that even though ungodly forces intend certain things for our evil, God can those things for good (Genesis 50:20). But we may not react to every such situation as Joseph did. Therefore we must seize the promise that “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 1o:13; cf. John 17:15).

When you sincerely pray “deliver us from evil,” you implicitly submit to your only protection from sin, god’s Word.”Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Submitting to God is in essence submitting to His Word.

“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). In a fallen world we are inadequate to deal with sin’s powerful effects. Therefore we must confess the weakness of our flesh and the absolute powerlessness of our own resources to rescue us from sin’s grasp.1

John MacArthur

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Endnotes

  1. John MacArthur, Daily Readings From the Life of Christ [Chicago: Moody, 2008], May 31.