Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The Seventh Petition

Explanation of The Seventh Petition

The Seventh Petition

But deliver us from evil.

But deliver us from evil.

What does this mean?

We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.

The Central Thought

Every century has been filled with its own evils---diseases, mass killings, tortures, and horrible abuses inflicted upon human beings.

What do people identify as the various causes of evil in our world? 

Read Genesis 3:1--19. What does this account of Adam and Eve say about why there is evil in this world?

As Christians, we pray that God would rescue us from the evil one both now and forever.

What evils do I see in the world for which I need to pray, "Lord,...

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