According to THE SMALL CATECHISM, which we have been discussing, the last two petitions of the Lord’s Prayer ask God to protect us both spiritually and physically:
THE SIXTH PETITION
And lead us not into temptation.
What does this mean?
God certainly tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world and our own flesh may not deceive us nor lead us into misbelief, despair and other shameful sin and vice; and though we be thus tempted, that we may still in the end overcome and retain the victory.
THE SEVENTH PETITION
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 at last, when the hour of death shall come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
What does “Amen” mean?
Amen means that we should be sure that these petitions are acceptable to our Father in heaven and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us so to pray and has promised to hear us. Amen, Amen: that is, Yes, Yes, it shall be so.