By David Jeremiah
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. --Psalm 32:7
Recommended Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
When Jesus prayed, “Deliver us from the evil one,” He used an Old Testament word that often found its way into the prayers of the biblical heroes. Jacob prayed, “Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother” (Genesis 32:11). The Israelites prayed, “Do to us whatever seems best to You; only deliver us this day” (Judges 10:15). David said, “Our fathers trusted in You… and You delivered them. They cried to You, and were delivered” (Psalm 22:4-5). In Psalm 39:8, David prayed, “Deliver me from all my transgressions.” In Psalm 59:2, he prayed, “Deliver me from the workers of iniquity.”
Have you incorporated the word deliver into your prayers? In today’s culture, deliver is more often used when referring to sending packages or giving speeches. But in the Bible, it conveyed the idea of rescue and protection. Every day we need to be rescued from our sins, needs, trials, temptations, and enemies. We need to be protected from our enemy, the devil. Many versions of the Lord’s Prayer say, “Deliver us from the evil one.”
Ask God to save, protect, deliver, and rescue you and yours from the evil that envelops our world and from the evil one himself. The Lord specializes in deliverance.
How quickly we forget God’s great deliverances in our lives. --David Wilkerson