“Lead us not into temptation”:  Resist evil thoughts that attack your mind, affecting every part of your life.  Pray for the strength to counter tempting thoughts with corresponding saving virtues, turning the temptation of food to self-control, sex to chastity, material things to generosity, anger to patience, dejection to diligence, laziness to perseverance, vanity to humility, and pride to charity.  Scrutinize the motivations behind your feelings and desires.  Overcome evil with good through the power God will give you when you pray.

“Deliver us from evil”:  Encountering spiritual darkness can purify you from your ego and help transform you into a person who’s more like Christ.  When your faith is tested, you’re challenged to surrender to God with trust, and when you do, He will give you greater faith.  Respond to despair by crying out to God for the hope He offers you.  You can always count on God to deliver the hope you need in any situation.

Adapted from Living the Lord’s Prayer: The Way of the Disciple, copyright 2009 by Albert Haase, O.F.M. Published by IVP Books, a division of InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, www.ivpress.com
Albert Haase, O.F.M. (Ph.D., Fordham University; M.Div., Catholic Theological Union), is adjunct professor of spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. He previously served as director of the School of Spirituality at Mayslake Ministries in Lombard, Illinois. Currently he does spiritual direction and leads retreats and parish missions from the St. Gratian Friary in Countryside, IL. He is author of Enkindled: Holy Spirit, Holy Gifts (with Bridget Haase, O.S.U.) and Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is a former missionary to mainland China. 

Original publication date: July 2, 2009