Deliver us from evil

The LORD’S Prayer.

Deliver

*to set free  *to release  *to save from  *to emancipate  *to loose  *to redeem-release-save  *unshackle   *unimprison  *acquit  *liberate  *to cry out h e l p….and be rescued

Evil

*sin  *immorality  *damnable  *vicious  *vile  *unpleasant  *offensive  *loathsome  *hateful  *harmful  *malicious  *destructive  *injury  *tragedy  *blow  *to inflict destruction

One scripture  translation says, “Deliver me from temptation to do evil.”

“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:13-14).

So when I get to the part, Deliver us from evil, I am praying ::

O God, deliver me, help me.  Rescue me from my own evil desires – the passions and opinions and entitlements that make me strive for self, that feed my flesh.  Deliver me from offensiveness, from causing injury (both when I know I am and when I don’t even foresee what my words or actions might do to another heart).  Set me free from malicious thoughts and injurious stances; release me from hatefulness and viciousness in the name of “my rights ” or my  {superior religious} upbringing or any part of the shifting sand I too often build things on.  Unshackle me from my own self-imposed darkness, from fear and baseless insecurities, from placing burdensome expectations on others for my own gain.  Save me from me, from my endless pride, and the deep rooted bitterness; from covetousness and jealousy and fear of loss and from being so blessed I cannot empathize with others.  And for being ungrateful when You have blessed me beyond what I deserve.  Loosen me from my dependence on my gifts or talents that make me go halfway around the world before I ever realize I am absolutely lost without You.  Help me, save me.  Save me from my own evil desires, from being dragged away by them.  Interrupt sin in my life.  Towards me, or by me.  Save me.  Deliver me from evil…

 

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