Unlimited: Deliver Us from Evil
Sep 4, 2019 1439
Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation (Luke 11:4, NIV).
We should avoid temptation so that we may never tempt the devil to tempt us. We are not to enter the thicket in search of the lion. This lion may cross our path or leap upon us from the thicket, but we should have nothing to do with hunting him.
Let the Christian pray that he may be spared his encounter. Our Saviour earnestly admonished his disciples— “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” We will be tempted; so, we also pray “deliver us from evil.”
God had one Son without sin, but he has no son without temptation. The natural man is born to trouble and the Christian is born to temptation just as certainly. We must be always on our watch against Satan, because, like a thief, he gives no intimation of his approach.
Believers who have had experience of the ways of Satan, know that there are certain seasons when he will most probably make an attack. The Christian is put on a double guard by fear of danger, and the danger is averted by preparing to meet it. Prevention is better than cure: it is better to be so well-armed that the devil will not attack you than to endure the perils of the fight, even though you come off a conqueror.
Pray this evening first that you may not be tempted. If temptation is permitted, pray that you will be delivered from the evil one.
– Charles Spurgeon (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Do you sometimes find yourself in the thicket where you are exposed to more temptation? What places or people should you avoid to keep you further from temptation? Pray and ask God to help you avoid temptation.