Today's reading: II Thessalonians
But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. II Thessalonians 3: 3 NRSV
This verse is part of Paul's blessings on the church at Thessalonica. He has just mentioned those outside the church who are wicked and do not have faith. Here he reminds the church that God is faithful and will provide the courage that they need and protection from evil.
In our church we pray the Lord's prayer every Sunday. In that prayer, we ask God to keep us from evil or the evil one. I don't know how many realize what they are asking for when they pray this part of that prayer. Seems like we Christians have needed protection from evil from the very earliest Church.
Perhaps you are in need of strength and protection this very day.
God, you are faithful. Thank you for your faithfulness. You provide the strength we need each day. Thank you. We ask that you guard us from the evil one and from all evil. We give you thanks and praise. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims