DayBreaks for 04/26/12 – Snatch Us From Evil

DayBreaks for 04/26/12 – Snatch Us From Evil

Deliver is to gentle of a term for what Jesus does...

 “Deliver us from evil.” – The Lord’s Prayer

It is a very simple request, is it not?  And it is a request that one would expect every single Christian to make.  There are those who don’t believe evil exists.  Those people were never kept in a crowded building in Auschwitz or gassed by a mad dictator who bombed the village with chlorine gas.  They were never locked in a closet under a staircase.  They were not blinded by their parents so that they’d make more convincing beggars as a way for the parents to get hand-outs from passers-by.  But all those things happen.  Evil exists.

But not all evil is that obvious nor blatant.  Most of evil seems relatively tame by comparison, not something that would cause us to quake in our boots because the evil is so palpable.  Perhaps that’s why Jesus put this in his model prayer for us – to help us realize that evil, while there may be degrees of it, is always still evil and insidious and in all forms, deadly and dangerous.

Writing in Leadership Journal’s Spring 2012 edition, John Ortberg made this observation: “Even though what we call “the Lord’s prayer” is familiar to Christians, there are parts of it we rarely dwell on. For instance, what it really means when Jesus says, “Deliver us from the evil one.” New Testament scholar Dale Bruner notes that Jesus uses an almost violent verb translated “deliver.” It means to snatch; it’s what a hand does when it seizes an object in considerable danger. The idea here is that the devil is constantly luring us into pits, snares of moral destruction, and being saved from them is beyond mere human willpower. Only God’s watching and snatching and saving can rescue us. Deliverance indeed.”

A parent would snatch a child from in front of an on-rushing, snarling pit bull or car, or pull them back from a precipice.  It’s an almost violent act, motivated by urgency, and often, fear.  Yet that’s the word Jesus chose to use when He asked the Father to “snatch us from evil.”

You see, we stand at the precipice and are often ready to take the leap and yield to the temptation, not realizing the great danger we are in.  Jesus knows…and that’s why he used such a strong verb.  I have a hunch we may all need to pray “Snatch us from evil” a bit more often than we do!

PRAYER: Father, snatch us back now and always from falling into ruin and disgrace, from bringing shame on Your glorious Name!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/21/12 – Avoiding Rescue

DayBreaks for 03/20/12 – Avoiding Rescue

20 Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. Psalm 25:20

In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. Now the police and the owner of the VW Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car. So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue.

Jesus, “the hound of heaven”, pursues us relentlessly.  There are many who feel that if Jesus ever caught up with them that he’d restrict them with iron bands and rob their lives of joy and peace.  They feel being a disciple of Jesus is like volunteering to go into a prison.  They don’t understand that it is the Truth that sets us free.  And the Truth’s name is Jesus!

PRAYER: Capture us with Your unfailing love!  May we all find that your are chasing us not to imprison, but to set us free!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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