Excerpt from God’s Armor by M. Nadine

“This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name’” (Mt 6:9)

Not too long ago I was meditating on the Our Father where Jesus said, “Father, deliver us from evil,” and it occurred to me that the way the Father chooses to deliver us is through Jesus and His Sacrifice. Jesus is the Deliverer. Jesus became a victim of His own intercession. When we pray, we do, too. We sometimes become the “victim” of our own prayers. Many times after asking God to do something, it seems like our whole life starts to fall apart. We wonder, “My God, where are You?” He’s right there, probably answering our prayers but now we have become the victim lambs of our own intercession. He is asking us to carry part of the burden. He is using our sacrifice to make up for the lack of love. It’s powerful. Jesus became the very One that would be the answer to the prayer, “Father, deliver us from evil.” The Father answered the prayer, “I will deliver you from evil, and it will be through You, My Son.” Now, through Jesus living in us, His Body here on the earth, we, too, will be victims of our own intercession.

When we’re involved in this kind of ministry, the evil can seem overwhelming at times. If we’re not careful, we can have the tendency to take on the burdens ourselves and try to bring about the answers to these prayers through our own actions. This is why we constantly have to come back to this relationship with the Father and let Him be in charge. This is how we stay little. We take it to the Lord; here we can rest. In our humanity we can get our focus off like poor Peter. He was walking on the water, but then he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink (see Mt 14:28-33). This can happen to us, too, and everything will seem to go wrong; the washing machine overflows, the kids are fighting, and your appliances and cars break down all at once. There is always going to be that last straw that breaks our backs, and we cry out, “O, Lord, where are You?” Then we can start to sink if we’re not careful.

We’re little; we’re just little ones, thank goodness. It is in our littleness and weaknesses that we are strong (cf. 2 Cor 12:10). When we’re little, we draw on the strength of the Lord, and the battle is the Lord’s. We sometimes forget this because we tend to get so involved in whatever we’re doing, but we need to remember that the battle is the Lord’s. There is strength in knowing that we’re never alone; the Lord is always with us.

“Let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Joel 4:10)