What does it mean to say, "Deliver us from evil"?
"Evil" in the Our Father does not mean a negative spiritual force of energy, but rather Evil in person, whom Sacred Scripture knows by the name of "the tempter","the father of lies", Satan, or the devil. (Youcat #526)
Why do we conclude by asking “But deliver us from evil”?
“Evil” indicates the person of Satan who opposes God and is “the deceiver of the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). Victory over the devil has already been won by Christ. We pray, however, that the human family be freed from Satan and his works. We also ask for the precious gift of peace and the grace of perseverance as we wait for the coming of Christ who will free us definitively from the Evil One. (Compendium #597)
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