Deliver Us From Evil
November 10, 2019 Series: Lord, Teach Us To Pray: A Series on the Lord's Prayer (Ordinary Time / Fall 2019)
Topic: Prayer Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:1–17:26, 1 Samuel 17:32
As familiar as many of us are with the story of David and Goliath, we tend to draw the wrong conclusions from it. We tend to think that if we have enough faith, we can defeat any of the problems that beset us, just like David defeated Goliath. More often than not, though, things don't work out that way for us; as the Heidelberg Catechism puts it, we are too weak to hold our own, even for a moment. It is better to see ourselves as the soldiers in Saul's army--we should pray not to triumph, but simply to stand firm, and wait for God to deliver us from evil.
At first glance, David didn't seem to stand a chance against Goliath. However, by using a sling, David rendered Goliath's size, strength, weapons, and armour useless, and it turned out that Goliath didn't stand a chance against David. This is similar to Jesus's defeat of Satan. At first glance, a carpenter's son from Nazareth didn't seem to stand a chance against the power of sin and death. However, Jesus countered the power of sin with forgiveness, and the power of death with resurrection; this rendered Satan's weapons useless, and Satan didn't stand a chance against Jesus.
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