The Lord’s Prayer – Part 10 of 10

“But deliver us from evil”

“We ought to pray not only that we may not be led into evil from which we are at present free; but further that we may be set free from that into which we have already been led. Therefore it follows, ‘Deliver us from evil.'” -St. Augustine

“In so praying we are cautioned of our own infirmity and weakness, lest any presumptuously exalt himself.” -St. Cyprian of Carthage

“When the Saints pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ what else do they pray for than that they may persevere in their sanctity. . . . God would have us pray to Him that we may not be led into temptation, though He could have granted it without our prayer, that we might be kept in mind who it is from whom we receive all benefits.” -St. Augustine

“It is God that turns men to the faith; [the Church] prays that the believers may persevere; God gives them perseverance even unto the end.” -St. Augustine

“It does not however become us to seek by our prayers bodily afflictions. For Christ has universally commanded men everywhere to pray that they enter not into temptation. But when one has already entered, it is fitting to ask from the Lord the power of enduring, that we may have fulfilled in us those words, ‘He that endureth to the end shall be saved’ (Mt 10:22).” -St. Basil the Great

“Each man seeks to be delivered from evil, that is, from his enemies and sin, but he who gives himself up to God, fears not the devil, for ‘if God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Rom 8:31).” -Pseudo-Augustine

“What fear hath he from this life, who has God through life for his guardian?” -St. Cyprian of Carthage

Quotations from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels Collected Out of the Works of the Fathers, Vols. I and III (Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1841-43).

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