Good Friday, March 25, 2016 Deliver us from Evil
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one 2Thesalonians 3:2-3
Saving faith is not an inherent human ability. The Lord has shown Himself to be reliable and trustworthy. He has always kept His promises to His people (e.g. the exodus, the Promised Land, the Messiah) and will continue to keep them Cf. 1:6-7, 11-12, 2:8, 13-14.
What is the Seventh Petition? But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley or sorrow to Himself in heaven.
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen