Deliver Us From the Evil One

Good morning. It is Thursday, September 3, 2015. Pre-Friday.

Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is bluestocking. This noun is not referring to an article of clothing, but means, “a woman having intellectual or literary interests.”

Today is Welsh Rarebit Day. Welsh Rarebit is, essentially, cheese on toast. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with cheese on toast.
Welsh Rarebit

Christi’s leg is feeling better this morning, possibly due to wearing her boot yesterday. She is quite upbeat about how much better, in fact, so she’s going to keep wearing the boot for a few more days, hoping that this will allow the muscle to heal. Perhaps the MRI will not be necessary.

Christi also had a good talk with a rep from APS (Adult Protective Services) about her mother, yesterday. The lady with whom she spoke was very kind, understanding, and encouraging. She’s going to go see Christi’s mother and step-dad again, today, to explain to them what there options are. None of those options involve any more responsibility on Christi’s part. It was very encouraging to both of us.

Tonight is Christi’s Huddle night. Once again, I consider getting in some trombone practice while she is gone. Hopefully, I can make myself do that, tonight, especially since I won’t be at band practice this coming Monday.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Today’s Psalm, in Heart Aflame, is Psalm 102:10.

because of your indignation and anger; for you have taken me up and thrown me down.

“Whenever, therefore, God, after having stripped us of the blessing which he had conferred upon us, gives us up to reproach, let us learn that we have so much the greater cause to lament, because through our own fault, we have turned light into darkness.” (p 247)

(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.
Matthew 6:9-13

Today, we reach the final petition in the Lord’s Prayer, “deliver us from evil.” Calvin considered this as part of the sixth petition, combining it with “lead us not into temptation.” However, both Luther and Augustine considered it separately, as a seventh petition. Many have said, including my pastor, that it should be translated, “deliver us from the evil one,” meaning the devil, or Satan.

Luther writes that this phrase is “‘directed against specific evils that emanate from the devil’s kingdom . . . poverty, dishonor, death, in short . . . everything that threatens our bodily welfare.'”

Augustine says that the sixth petition is asking for deliverance from evil within us, while this seventh one asks “for protection from evil outside us, from malignant forces in the world, especially our enemies who wish to do us harm.”

Father, as I continue to pray through Jesus,s prayer example, I pray for wisdom and understanding to help make it applicable to my life. Over the course of the last year, there have been multiple sources that have helped me with this, and I am grateful for that. I am, perhaps, most grateful for Timothy Keller and his shared wisdom from his own studies of Calvin, Luther, and Augustine, et al. But beyond them, I ask for your Holy Spirit’s help in understanding what I read. I pray these requests each day, trying to personalize them in some way. May you truly deliver us from the evil one, as we try to live our lives by your precepts and commands. But even this is only possible through the power of the Spirit. May your Spirit be my strength today.

I pray for this day, that our travel to and from work be safe. I pray that Christi’s leg will continue to heal and feel better. May our work day go smoothly today. I pray for your grace to rain down on the rest of my family today, and that you would draw us all closer to you in some way.

Your grace is sufficient.

Consider the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, if you will. As you pray through them, try to personalize them to your own situations, not simply repeating them by rote. Ponder each of them, individually, and what they mean to you.
Deliver-us-sm

Grace and peace, friends.

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