Chapter 36. Jesus Taught Us to Pray • 489
of temptation (cf. Mt 4:1-11; Lk 4: 1-12). “It is by his prayer that Jesus
vanquishes the tempter, both at the outset of his public mission and in
the ultimate struggle of his agony” (CCC, no. 2849).
But Deliver Us from Evil
In the last petition, “but deliver us from evil,” Christians
pray to God with the Church to show forth the victory,
already won by Christ, over the “ruler of this world,”
Satan, the angel personally opposed to God and to his
plan of salvation.
—CCC, no. 2864
As always throughout this prayer, we are reminded that we pray with
the Church. We do not pray alone but in union with the community of
believers around the world—all of us bound by our union with Jesus in
the Spirit and with an adoptive filial relationship to the Father.
emphasizes that we ask God to deliver us from the
Evil One—Satan, the devil (cf. Jn 17:15). The evil we confront is not
just an abstract idea, but an evil, fallen angel who wants to prevent our
salvation. We entrust ourselves to God so that the devil may not lead us
“One who entrusts himself to God does not dread the devil. ‘If
God is for us, who is against us?’” (CCC, no. 2852, citing St. Ambrose,
On the Sacraments
, 5, 4, 30; cf. Rom 8:31). We ask God to deliver us
from all evils—past, present, and future—of which Satan is the author
There is a final doxology which was added by the early Church: “For
the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever” (cf.
Teaching of the Twelve Apostles
] 8, 2;
7, 24). It is recited by Latin Catholics after the prayer which follows the
recitation of the Our Father during Mass. These words of praise echo
the first three petitions, and we use them as words of adoration in union
with the liturgy of heaven.