Deliver us from evil

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 16

The Lord’s Prayer is finished. Or at least it is with Luke’s Gospel, which ends with Lead us not into temptation. Matthew’s version goes on to say deliver us from evil, or from the evil one.

This is not surprising. Matthew was writing for a Jewish audience and Jewish poetry is driven by repetition.  Matthew is emphasising the last phrase by saying it again in different words – do not lead us but deliver us. Temptation is contrasted with the one who tempts. We are asked to pray for deliverance from Satan, the Devil, The Accuser.

We are tempted to doubt that we are forgiven, so we feel guilty and become ineffective.

We need to remember that God loves us and forgives us. He is Our Father,

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