Teach Us To Pray Part 9
Deliver Us From Evil – Matthew 6:5-8
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Nov. 4th, 2018
- This morning is the last installment in our series examining how Jesus taught His disciples to pray. Out of all the things they wanted to know, they wanted to know how to pray. “Teach us to pray” is the only thing that is recorded in the Bible the disciples specifically asked Jesus to teach them. This is because, I believe, the prayer life of Jesus was the key to his life and ministry.
- The disciples had prayed and heard many prayers. Jesus had to correct some of what they knew about prayer before He could teach them how to pray. He taught them (and us) that when they pray to make sure they are not praying to put on a show for others or that they not “heaping up” meaningless phrases.
- In His teaching on prayer we are to address God as “our Father” in recognition of who He is and our relationship. We are to pray that His name would be honored as holy, that His Kingdom would come and His will would be done here on earth as it is in heaven. The first priority of prayer is God, His name, His glory His kingdom and His will. We pray these things from our privileged place as children.
- Secondly, we pray for “daily bread” and what we need for this day. We pray that our sins would be forgiven as we forgive others their sins against us. We pray that we would not “be led into temptation” and lastly, our focus for today, that we would be delivered from evil.
- Evil is a diseased, derelict, depraved moral state which results in diseased, derelict, depraved actions. Evil in the world is a result of evil in the heart. Jesus said
Mark 7:20-23 ESV
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
- Evil comes from human hearts and is encouraged and fueled by the one who is called “THE evil one.” The whole world lies in his power (1 John 5:19). In Jesus’ prayer for us, He prayed that God would not take us out of the world, but that He would keep us from the evil one (John 17:15). This tells us that we are to be in this world that is saturated by evil doing the will of God and becoming more and more like Christ through the process.
- We first need to deal with our own fleshly heart: we must seek forgiveness, not give into temptation and choose to live from the new heart that God has given to us.Therefore, we must pray about these things so that we are free and impowered to do what is good and right, and true and godly. This is doing the will of God. We first and foremost need to be delivered from the evil within, and then the evil without and then the evil beyond, which is from the evil one and the evil beings working alongside him.
- Jesus taught us to pray to be delivered from evil. Here is how we can be delivered and overcome evil. We are going to extract principles from three passages.
Matt 6:13 ESV
but deliver us from evil.
Pray for deliverance
- This instruction of course is a prayer. We are to ask God to deliver us from evil. It is a prayer for the evil that is in our hearts. It is a prayer for those we love. It is a prayer for the church and Christians throughout the world. It is prayer for those who are of the world. It is a prayer for deliverance from the evil one.
2 Thess 3:3 ESV
the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
- The good news is that God is faithful, and He will both establish us (plant us and keep us from losing ground), and guard us against the evil one. We have authority over the evil one, because greater is He who is in us than He who is in the world. However we do have authority over others – God will hold them (and all people) accountable for their actions.
James 4:7-10 ESV
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Submit to God
- This is where we intentionally put ourselves under and give ourselves to God to do His will.Living in this posture will keep our hearts in check, keep us from committing evil and exposing ourselves to evil.
- This is to stand against and to oppose. We know we are to do this, but the question is how?
Eph 6:12-17 ESV
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstandin the evil day, and having done all, to standfirm. 14 Standtherefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
- Resisting means to withstand and to stand. Keep your ground. He is attacking us. We are the ones that are resisting in defense. These things are given for defense, our offense is prayer and doing good. We live in these things (it is not just a prayer that we do). These are things that we are to put on and live in. We must: live in truth, live in righteousness, have our grip and foundation in the gospel that is peace, use faith as a shield from the darts of the devil, be confident in salvation and use the word as protection.
Draw near to God
- We submit ourselves to God, we resist the devil, and now we draw near to Him. We can’t live our lives at a distance from God. We intentionally come close to Him, moving in His direction and living our lives in His presence. This means that we don’t go to places that are away from Him – which keeps us from evil. This is a closeness to God -that we have a connected relationship with Him in our spirit and don’t wander away from His truth
Cleanse your hands
- Again this is an action of not participating in activities that are not of Him and keeping ourselves clean of this behavior. People do all kinds of terrible things and enter into evil by not keeping their hands to themselves.
Purify your hearts
- How do you do this? By making sure that we don’t put things that are un-pure into our minds and heart. It means that we dwell on what is good. It means that we wash ourselves with the word. It means that we soften our hearts through submission to God, reflection (see if there is any evil within me) and confession.
- All of these take humility. You don’t have it all together. Come to that reality. Don’t wait until you are forced to your knees because of a crushing weight. Choose to do so voluntarily on a regular basis.
Luke 6:27-28 ESV
But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Love your enemies
- This is a specific command given to Christians. We have to be commanded to do this because we do not do this naturally. On the contrary, we want to do the exact opposite. We naturally love those who love us and hate those who hate us. This is not what Christians are called to do. We are called to love our enemies. We need to ask God for His love to do this because we don’t have it in us. This is what Christ did, even to the very end.
Do good to those who hate
- This is evidenced by doing good to others (especially those who hate us) and to keep doing good.Don’t return evil for evil or hate for hate. If you do this all we get in the world in more evil and more hate (which we also will be accountable for). Think and pray about what you can do to do good for them. And then do it. (And I am not talking about being an enabler).
Rom 12:21 ESV
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Bless those who curse
- Love, do good, and bless to overcome evil and those who curse. Pray a blessing for them. Pray that their hearts are softened. Pray that they would change. Pray that God will work on them. Pray that God will bless them.
1 Peter 3:9 ESV
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing
- As a Christian, you are called to be a blessing. This is what we are to be about with our lives. We are called to bless others, to be salt (persevering) and to be light (illuminating). In doing so, you will obtain (gain, earn) a blessing . . . which can take various forms.
Pray for those who abuse
- We are to pray for them . . . and if we can get out of and away from the abuse then do so.Again we are to pray for them, that God would deal with their hearts, etc.
- Deliver us from evil. In doing these things you will be delivered from evil, this does not mean that difficulties will not happen, but you will be delivered from them.
- Some of you may be thinking, what about the part of the prayer that says “Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen.” Most of the bibles do not have this line included because it is not in the earliest and most reliable manuscripts. Not that it is bad to say, but it is not in it. Perhaps it was inserted to make it a prayer than to keep it as a teaching on prayer.