Grace at work in the Lord's Prayer
As I've been re-learning about the grace of God, yesterday and Friday, I'm more alert to those occasions when God's grace jumps out at me, like this morning while I walked the dog. Like every morning, I pray through Jesus's prayer from Matthew 6. I blogged through this prayer, link summary here, three years ago. But this morning, I was stopped in my tracks by the end of the prayer, after we ask for God to forgive us as we forgive others. After we repent, Jesus tells us to ask our heavenly Father to lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one, Matt. 6:13. This prayer I have prayed for years says simply and profoundly what I'm relearning. Repent and ask for deliverance. The prayer is not, repent and try harder, but repent and ask Dad to protect us from the things that entangle us and the enemies who try to destroy us. I agree with the band Skillet, that sometimes the evil one is myself. They have a great song on their latest CD called Monster, video, lyrics follow.
I'm not denying the reality of Satan, who "prowls about like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour", 1 Peter 5:8. The big deal for me this morning is realizing that Jesus models for us a prayer saturated with grace. He instructs us to say we are sorry and ask for help with all these things that get us into trouble. What a good God! What a perfect Dad!