Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Halloween and the Prayer, “Deliver Us from the Evil One”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s no way around it for me anymore. I can’t pass off the horror images associated with Halloween today as anything other than evil. Does anyone really imagine than an 8-year old should trick or treat dressed up as an ax murderer? All in jest of course! Have we lost our minds when we lost our heads?

As I said yesterday this all leads me to the unavoidable conclusion that evil is real and evil comes from an Evil One, a devil, Satan as Christians call him.

Jesus took the Devil seriously. In the prayer he taught his followers he concluded with “Deliver us from the Evil One.” The old translations usually say, “…from evil,” but they are inaccurate. A more accurate rendering is “from the Evil One.” Personal, as in with a Persona and a will and a mind and intent.

But while Jesus acknowledged the reality of a spirit being at loose in the world wreaking havoc and making trouble – real trouble – he also didn’t panic in the face of this foe. He stood ground and taught his followers to do the same. Jesus prayed and then stood. That’s to be our posture, I believe.

Yes, the world is crippled by evil. Yes, evil as a face and a name and mission. But evil and the Evil One do not have the last word. The last word is Jesus. And while the faces of Halloween may stomp and muster up the dust of fear and misery, we need never yield to fear or misery. We can pray and “Deliver us from the Evil One,” then rest well.

There’s an urban legend told of Martin Luther, the 16th century Christian leader. Supposedly he was attacked one night in his bed with horrible dreams, terrors, and the like. As he woke he felt the presence of a terrible Force in his room. When he dared open his eyes he saw a shadowy figure standing at the foot of his bed. The shadow turned and there stood Satan himself. Luther, still in a sweat breathed a sigh of relief, “Oh, it’s only you.” Then he rolled over and went back to sleep! 

When you’re afraid of evil and the Evil One, pray in faith the words Jesus taught… Then roll over and go back to sleep!

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  • kenneth

    Satan is a scapegoat used by those who don’t have the spine to confront and master the darkness within themselves.

  • John W.

    Satan is very real, usually working through people who attack and tear down good works.

  • al

    i am a retired methodist clergy of 24 years, and a family/addictions counselor of 5 years. there is no doubt to the presence of an Evil One at work when we hear news of endangered/abused/murdered children, women, poor, homeless, hungry, elderly, genocide………

  • Kat

    I agree that to many of us are void of understanding when it comes to the realization that we shouldn’t be tampering with the dark side and in turn offering our children as sacrifices to The Evil One.
    Some may argue, how could innocently dresing a child in a costume be a sacrifice of ones child,the answer is simple; by doing so we sacrifice our own christian witness for Christ by participating in something that clearly glorifies Satan.
    Duet. 18 is a prime example of the Lords disgust with those who do particpate in such practices.
    The bible say “To him that knoweth to do right, and doeth it not; it is sin” In other words when you know right form wrong and you choose wrong over right you have willfully sinned against the God you say you live for.
    Its high time that we teach the next genersation the principals of old STAND up for what you believe in and make no compromises.

  • Marie

    I still say Mr. Herringshaw needs a whole lot of pyschological help. You are taking an all out war on an innocent Holiday that is harmless to millions of people.
    As I said before, I’ll say it again: “Isn’t bad enough there’s always the yearly all out war on Christmas? Do we have to bash other holidays as well?” You really need to get over this. You’ve gone way too far w/all of your rantings.
    Plus, you never answered the question I raised about the Spanish People and they’re sacred holiday the same exact day as Halloween, October 31 st, The Day Of The Dead where they not only dress up as skeletons & skulls,they parade around w/them all over mexico & other spanish countries.
    Are you going to bash that holiday as well.
    You might call yourself a Christian, but, you have taken it way too far. You need counseling. Much needed counseling.
    Don’t shove your views down other people’s throats ’cause you have an issue w/this. Keep your opinions to yourself okay?

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