R. L. Wilson

Deliver Us from Evil

By R. L. Wilson / November 2, 2020

What are we really asking for in this final petition in the Lord’s Prayer when we say Deliver Us from Evil? Commentators are divided between those who say this is a request for deliverance from the evils in this world, and those who say this is asking for deliverance or protection from the “Evil One,” that is, Satan. It certainly could be either one or both. The same “remedy” applies either way.

Lead Us Not into Temptation

By R. L. Wilson / October 26, 2020

How do we reconcile this petition with James 1:13, “no one, when tempted, should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one”? So does God tempt us, or does He not?

If You Do Not Forgive: A Parenthetical Thought

By R. L. Wilson / October 19, 2020

What does the Bible say about not forgiving someone? The fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer reads, “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Jesus goes on to talk more about this in Matthew 6:14-15. None of the other petitions have this “appendix,” so why this one? Matthew Henry suggests,

When Morning Gilds the Sky

By R. L. Wilson / October 19, 2020

“When morning gilds the sky, our hearts awaking cry: May Jesus Christ be praised! In all our work and prayer we ask his loving care: May Jesus Christ be praised!…

As We Forgive Our Debtors

By R. L. Wilson / October 12, 2020

These words take us into a tricky bit of theology. When Jesus says “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,” it would be easy to say, “Well, then,…

And Forgive Us Our Debts

By R. L. Wilson / October 5, 2020

The word translated “debts” in some translations and “trespasses” in others, is the Greek word opheilema. Jon Bloom writes at desiringgod.org, “Nearly all of the most credible English translations over…

When the Truth Becomes a Lie

By R. L. Wilson / October 5, 2020

As I was reading Erwin Lutzer’s book Pandemics, Plagues, and Natural Disasters, I ran across the sentence, “Simply put, it is not possible to exaggerate how offensive our sin is toward God.”[1]

I Exalt Thee: A Prayer of Adoration

By R. L. Wilson / September 28, 2020

To adore: an act of offering deep love and respect, of worshiping someone. To exalt: to elevate by praise or in estimation To extol: to praise highly Each of the…

Our Daily Bread

By R. L. Wilson / September 28, 2020

“Give us this day our daily bread.” The first thing we naturally think of is God’s provision of the daily manna for His people in the wilderness. No doubt you…

Is Karma Biblical?

By R. L. Wilson / September 22, 2020

In Hinduism and Buddhism, karma is the result of a person’s actions as well as the actions themselves. The actions of a person in this life (and previous lives) impact…