“Deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:13
In this petition, we pray to be delivered from the EVIL world. “He died for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:4
It is an evil world, as it is a DEFILING world. The opinions and examples of the world are defiling. How easily are we hurried to sin, when we have the tide of natural corruption, and the wind of example to carry us! “You shall not follow a multitude to do evil.” Exodus 23:2. Bad examples are contagious, “They mingled among the pagans, and adopted their evil customs.” Psalm 106:35
Living in the world, is like traveling on a dirty road. It requires a high degree of grace to keep ourselves “unspotted by the world.” James 1:27
It is an evil world, as it is an ENSNARING world.
The world is full of snares.
Recreation is a snare.
Riches are golden snares.
The apostle John speaks of the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” 1 John 2:16
The lust of the flesh is beauty.
The lust of the eye is money.
The pride of life is honor.
These are the natural man’s trinity!
The world is a FLATTERING enemy.
It is an evil world, as it is a DECEITFUL world.
The world makes us believe that it will satisfy our desires, but it only increases them!
It is an evil world, as it is a VEXING world. It is full of trouble.
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows!” John 16:33
“Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward!” Job 5:7
“How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble!” Job 14:1
If we do not find an ensnaring world, we shall find it an AFFLICTING world; it has more in it to trouble us than tempt us.
The world is a sea, where we are tossed upon the surging waves of sorrow, and often in danger of shipwreck!
The world is a wilderness, full of fiery serpents!
What great need then, have we to pray, “Lord, deliver us from being hurt by this evil world!”
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