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This comic strip is B.C. by Johnny Hart of blessed memory.  He was devout Christian.  It is the bottom half that is pertinent during Lent.  

Peter’s Delivery Service can not deliver his customer from evil. Duh!  Yet people  are superstitious by using 4 leaf clovers to reading the horoscopes that somehow they will deliver from evil.  Hardly.  People still turn to Peter, as in the apostle, and all the apostles, and all the saints and pray to them and dead popes for deliverance from evil. Or give money to some televangelist who promises deliverance from evil, such as poverty.   They can’t deliver. It should be plainly obvious what I am getting at:  Peter, Paul, Lydia, Mary, Joseph, Onesimus, etc., did not turn to dead saints in prayer, but with the whole Church  turned to the One, crucified and risen, who commands, gives, and inspires our prayer.  He alone  has and can deliver us from evil:  the One who delivered Himself to evil,  tempted by the prince of evil and so bearing the sin of the world.  The Lord’s Prayer petition can also be translated, Deliver us from the evil one.  Jesus Christ is your delivery Man.

From Dr. Luther’s teaching on the Lord’s Prayer, “Deliver us from evil”, The Large Catechism.  “…there is nothing for us to do upon earth but to pray against this arch-enemy without ceasing. For unless God preserved us, we would not be safe from him even for an hour.                                                         Hence you see again how God wishes us to pray to Him also for all the things which affect our bodily interests, so that we seek and expect help nowhere else except in Him.  But this matter He has put last; for if we are to be preserved and delivered from all evil, the name of God must first be hallowed in us, His kingdom must be with us, and His will be done. After that He will finally preserve us from sin and shame, and, besides, from everything that may hurt or injure us.

From The Small Catechism:

Amen.

What does this mean?–Answer.

That I should be certain that these petitions are acceptable to our Father in heaven and heard; for He Himself has commanded us so to pray, and has promised that He will hear us. Amen, Amen; that is, Yea, yea, it shall be so.

 

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