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day will be is not fully known yet, but it is evident that for it to be so described implies a
time of trial. In Paul's day there was a need of deliverance, and his confidence was in the
"I was delivered (roumai) out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver
(roumai) me from every evil work . . . . ." (II Tim. 4: 17, 18).
May all the members of His Body enjoy the same confidence, not neglecting to pray
always "with all prayer and supplication in spirit, and watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all saints" (Eph. 6: 18).
The Lord's Prayer has now been examined throughout, and although not every
problem has been solved, enough has been seen to place the prayer into a very particular
`season'. To take the prayer out of this context is to miss its whole point, and to fail to
rightly divide the word of truth. The tradition of many years has ordained its use, both
amongst Catholics and Protestants. It has been laid open to many interpretations, most of
them begin an attempt to get round the conditional forgiveness clause, in the light of the
`present' season. To see it in its correct light is to be delivered from all this. May the
Lord's people, who are members of His Body, be prepared to recognize the place of this
prayer in the purpose of God, and to turn rather to the prayers of Ephesians and
Colossians, which are so very much more applicable to the present dispensation.