For what do we pray in the Seventh Petition?

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But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, as the sum of all, that our Father in heaven would deliver us from every evil of body and soul, property and honor, and finally, when our last hour has come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this vale of tears to Himself in heaven.

As a result of sin there is much evil and suffering in this world. For this reason we pray that God would spare us, so that we would not have to experience it, that He would take away the cross He has given us to bear, or give us the strength to bear it, and cause it to work for our good. We also pray that He would protect us from falling into the control of the devil, and finally would deliver us from all evil through a blessed death.

Ps. 90:10: The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow.

Heb. 12:6: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.

Job. 5:19: He shall deliver thee in six troubles; yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

Is. 40:29: He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.

Luke 2:29: Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word.