Heidelberg Catechism 1563
The Lord’s Prayer
LORD’s DAY 52 (part 1)
Q. What does the sixth petition mean?
Answer: ‘And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one’ means:
By ourselves we are too weak to hold our own for even a moment.1
And our sworn enemies – the devil,2 the world,3 and our own flesh,4 – never stop attacking us.
And so, Lord, uphold us and make us strong with the strength of your Holy Spirit, so that we may not go down to defeat in this physical struggle,5 but may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory.6
1Ps. 103:14-16; John 15: 1-5; 22 Cor. 11: 14; Eph. 6: 10-13; 1 Peter 5: 8
3John 15: 18-21; 4Rom. 7: 23; Gal. 5: 17
5Matt. 10: 19-20; 26: 41; Mark 13: 33; Rom. 5: 3-5
61 Cor. 10: 13; 1 Thess. 3: 13; 5: 23
An opportunity for us to ask God to make us strong with the strength of the Holy Spirit and be grateful that He fights for us so that we may firmly resist the evil one.
Let’s say ‘The Lord’s Prayer’
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.