Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday of Lent 3

The Seventh Petition.

But deliver us from evil.

What does this mean?

Answer - We pray in this petition, as in a summary, that our Father in heaven would deliver us from all manner of evil, of body and soul, property and honor, and at last, when our last hour shall come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this vale of tears to Himself into heaven.

In this petition, we ask God to keep every form of evil from us. We are living outside of Eden. This is a broken and fallen world.  As long as we are in the world, we will have to endure all sorts of evil, the consequence of living in a sinful world and the results of our own individual sins. By this prayer we ask the Father to guard and keep us in the faith until we die, that He would grant us a blessed end, and usher us into His kingdom of glory.

When we pray this petition in sincerity and faith we can pray also the prayer of Simeon, “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation.” (Luke 2:29,30)

Almighty, everlasting God, whose Son has assured forgiveness of sins and deliverance from eternal death, strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit that our faith in Christ increase daily and we hold fast the hope that we shall not die but fall asleep and on the last day be raised to eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Collect For the hope of eternal life in Christ, Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Artwork by Ed Rojas, © Higher Things

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