As I look at the Lord’s Prayer, I am reminded that not only can I pray for deliverance, but I can also be partnered with God in answering someone else’s prayer for deliverance! In fact, that is part of the call God places on hearts when we pray, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I am saying to God, “Use me to do your work in my world!”
Evil does exist. For awhile, modern culture wanted to deny that there was evil or an evil one. But since we’ve learned more about the persecuted church and the high number of martyrs for Jesus in the last few decades and the brutality of genocide and ethnic cleansing, more and folks talk about evil in the world. For followers of Jesus, there has never been any doubt. On the same day, I was pointed to two different online resources that speak to the problem of evil. One deals with the conspiracy to kill Christians in Turkey: Martyrs Killed by Conspiracy. The other is a powerful video resource called Deon, that focuses upon a police officer in the skid row area of Los Angeles, California, who cares for the people he serves regardless of how they feel about him. One deals with the source of evil and it’s impact on the lives of believers: the other is about a believer who overcomes evil with good.
Let’s pray the Lord’s prayer and let’s follow Deion’s example: let’s overcome evil with good!
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.