Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 24:1-22; 1 Corinthians 1:26-2:16
But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, gives us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to himself in heaven. (Small Catechism: Lord’s Prayer, Seventh Petition)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, it’s not that we’re just asking for a bunch of stuff from God. We’re learning to trust that before we even ask, He already plans to give us these many blessings. And finally, we learn to believe the promise that He will keep us in His Word and faith until we die.
Nobody wants to think about dying. It could come in the next instant through tragedy to anyone at any age. It may wait until well into old age. Either way, as Christians, we face death with this petition on our lips, even when we’re not thinking about it.
And the petition is this: Deliver us from evil. That is, ultimately, sin and death. The evil one brought evil to mankind with his lying words and his lying words led to disobedience and sin and death. So the answer to this prayer to be delivered from all these evils is Jesus: Jesus who overcomes Satan; Jesus who overcomes sin; Jesus whose Word gives us forgiveness, life and salvation.
By His suffering and death on the cross, Jesus has dealt with, answered, counteracted, taken care of, and done away with evil. He’s eradicated the sting of sin, death, and the devil. He’s rescued us from all of that. He has delivered you from every evil.
Therefore, when you pray this petition, you are, in essence, saying, “Lord, you have baptized me and fed me with Christ’s Body and Blood; you have filled my ears with the Good News of what Jesus’ death and resurrection does for me. Therefore, let me fear nothing, and when it’s time to die, then take me to be with you forever like you promised.” The Lord promises to deliver you from evil. And He does and always will in Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
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 You in peace. (Our Father, Who From Heaven Above, LSB 766:8)