Looking for some victim to devour!
(Thomas Watson, "The Lord's Prayer")
"Deliver us from evil." Matthew
In this petition, we pray to be delivered from the
evil of Satan—"the wicked one." Matthew 13:19.
In what respect is Satan the wicked one?
He was the first inventor of evil. John 8:44.
His inclination is only to evil. Ephesians 6:12.
His constant practice is doing evil. 1 Peter 5:8.
He has some hand in all the evils and mischief
which happen in the world.
He hinders from all good.
He provokes to evil. The devil blows the fire of lust
and strife. When men are proud, the old serpent has
poisoned them, and makes them swell!
He is a restless adversary—he never sleeps.
Satan is a subtle contriver; there is no place that
can secure us from his assaults and inroads.
Satan is a mighty adversary. He is called the
"strong man." Luke 11:21. He takes men captive
at his pleasure. "Who are taken captive by him
at his will." 2 Tim 2:26.
The devil glories in the
damnation of souls. His work
is to angle for men's souls; he lays suitable baits.
He allures the ambitious man with honor.
He allures the covetous man with riches;
he baits his hook with silver!
He allures allures the lustful man with beauty;
he tempts men to Delilah's lap—to keep them
from Abraham's bosom!
How needful then is this prayer, "Lord, deliver
us from the evil one!"
"Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the
Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around
like a roaring lion, looking for some
to devour!" 1 Peter 5:8.