Deliver us from Evil O Lord
The Our Father is the Most Powerful Prayer of our time. It is a prayer from God himself. We need to invoke this prayer daily. The key section of this prayer is near the bottom. “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. Most tend to think of evil as just “metaphorical”. We think of the concept of evil as only an idea. Evil is connected to a creature. It is connected to a fallen angel, satan. From the passage of Isaiah 14:12-15 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit.” Mr. Jessie Romero M.A in Theology states in his book “Mama’s Boy” pg. 15 “According to Sacred Tradition, Lucifer was told about the Incarnation before the creation of the world, that God would become a MAN in the womb of a Virgin. This was totally unacceptable to this proud seraphic angel and so he shouted, “Non Serviam” (I will not serve)”. I’ll finish his proud envious thoughts and sentence. Lucifer was actually saying- “I will not serve the God Man Jesus Christ, nor will I honor His mother.” The early Church Fathers state that he was at the highest ranking of all the angels. He was very beautiful. He was given the earth to be in charge. But he wanted to be like God, he wanted to have control. When he spoke these words, an angel from the lower rank challenged him by saying “Who is like God?” The lower ranking angel who rebuked him was St. Michael the Archangel.
CCC (Catechism of The Catholic Church) 2852 “A murderer from the beginning, . . . a liar and the father of lies,” Satan is “the deceiver of the whole world.” Through him sin and death entered the world and by his definitive defeat all creation will be “freed from the corruption of sin and death. Now “we know that anyone born of God does not sin, but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one.” The Lord who has taken away your sin and pardoned your faults also protects you and keeps you from the wiles of your adversary the devil, so that the enemy, who is accustomed to leading into sin, may not surprise you. One who entrusts himself to God does not dread the devil. “If God is for us, who is against us?” After satan and all the other angels who choose to reject God, was thrown out of heaven. From that time until now, his mission is to destroy humanity. He tempted our first parents and we lost our sanctifying grace of having our connection with God. If you are a follower of God, you are part of this warfare. It is a struggle for your eternal souls. Whether or not you believe in God, Jesus, ?their mission is to bring you into everlasting torment. They will tempt you, bribe you into accepting evil and even push you to serve them. You must understand that the fallen angels follow a hierarchy. So, you have some that are as strong as satan and some in the lower ranks. They get into our lives when we commit sins. Sins is the way they first get a hold of you. Think of them as creatures carrying an invisible chain. When you commit sins, you basically “agree” to be bound up to them. The more you sin, the more chains are added on you to. The first goal is to error your conscience, the second goal is to abandon a life of virtue and finally get you to reject God to the point that you don’t fear the Perfect Judgement of God and want to be in Hell. CCC 391 “Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil”. The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”
Jesus Christ speaks of the enemy. After he fasts for 40 days and night in Matthew 4:3-11 “And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him. Matthew in his Gospel is showing us that the devil knows the words in the Holy Bible. He will use something good and twist it to throw you off, thus getting you to challenge God like he did. But Jesus also knows the Holy Scriptures because HE IS THE WORD! The bible has two authors. One is the person who wrote it, and God is the second author because he inspired the words to be written. The devil is beaten by God because he has no power, nor any authority. Matthew again shows us in Chapter 8:28-34 That Jesus cast out a group of devils and they beg him to go into a herd of swine. The demons possess the swine and they run off the cliff and drown. All these evil spirits acknowledge who God is. Jesus name is so Holy that “every knee will bend, every tongue confess”. They can’t stand being in his mighty presence. This same authority that Jesus has over the evil one is passed on to his disciples, who then pass it down from Pope to Pope, Cardinal to Cardinal and Bishop to Bishop. It is the promise that he gave to our first Pope Peter that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18
CCC 2854 “When we ask to be delivered from the Evil One, we pray as well to be freed from all evils, present, past, and future, of which he is the author or instigator. In this final petition, the Church brings before the Father all the distress of the world. Along with deliverance from the evils that overwhelm humanity, she implores the precious gift of peace and the grace of perseverance in expectation of Christ’s return By praying in this way, she anticipates in humility of faith the gathering together of everyone and everything in him who has “the keys of Death and Hades,” who “is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” To invoke the Holy Name of Jesus requires faith. You must trust that his name is powerful. You must believe in your heart that he is the Son of the Living God, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. The devil and his demons will attack you. They will hit you with nightmares, they will stir up those around you to get you to sin. They will use your love ones to get you to fall. Look at the life of St. Anthony of the desert. He chooses to follow God. The devil tried to tempt him to not become a monk and by the graces of God was able to get him to fight the temptations. The devil was so angry that he physically attacked St. Anthony and left him for dead in a cave. His brother monk took him back to the cave and he challenge the demons in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ. They no longer had anything on this monk and was chased away by Jesus himself. St. Anthony asked Jesus why he didn’t help him physically. Jesus wanted to see his resolve and because he didn’t submit, that Jesus will protect him, and he healed St. Anthony and restored him to physical health. We must challenge our vices. We need to fast and pray to overcome our physically weaknesses. We need to offer penance before God to help us grow in holiness. God permits these temptations to help us overcome our weaknesses and, in His Name, we must surrender everything to the will of God, and he will purify our souls. Every suffering, every torment, every pain is meant to be offered to God. Once we truly offer it to God for our salvation, he can then work within us, when we let go and LET GOD, meaning surrender your personal pride and offer humility. Humility is the best weapon against the forces of darkness. His Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary is a strong advocate. Jesus Christ crowned her as Queen. She is Queen of all the Angels and all the Saints. The demons fear her because of her simplicity and humility. Pray the Holy Rosary and she will come to your aid!
Let us end together with this prayer. Most Holy and ever-loving God. You grant us the true presence of your Son Jesus on earth in the Most Holy Eucharist. In the mighty name of Jesus, we rebuke the devil and his demons. We rebuke his false lies and the traps to send us to hell. We ask through the intercession of St, Michael the Archangel and the Queen of Heaven and Earth, The Blessed Virgin Mary to protect us from the attacks of the evil one. May they lead me on the straight and narrow path toward heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord Amen!
God Bless you,