A Change of Mind
Let's look at "deliver us from evil". The mind set of the church is sad, most believe that God is able, but it's hit or miss on wheather or not he will. This is typical of a lot of issues, such as healing, and prosperity. The Lord is not a divine "dart board", or the luck of the draw, not seeing if you've been good, or trying. He works by and through and honors faith in His word, and in trust of His goodness and mercy. Everytime, without exception. And only by faith. Not need, not pleading, not according to your standing, your education, your degrees, or the urgency.
But "do you believe I am able" and do you believe "I will"? As Jesus said, "ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH BE IT UNTO YOU". There is no other way. Believe the word of God, only. The blessings of the Lord don't just fall on our heads like ripe fruit from a tree. They are received by our faith in the word of God. Is salvation available? Then why isn't everyone saved, they don't believe the word. Is healing available? Then why isn't everyone healed, they don't believe the word. Is prosperity availabe? Then why isn't everyone prosperious, they don't believe the word.
How then do we recieve? There are a few steps. First, hear the word. Second, believe the word. Third, say the word (faith speaks). Fourth, act on the word (faith without works is dead). That's it. This is how we receive from God, from beginning to end, from the greatest to the least promise. It always works, without fail, without any other consideration, period. We can have all the blessings of God active in our life by the way of faith alone, and only by faith.
So then we see the promise of "deliver us from evil" has to be activated in our lifes by faith, just as salvation. Everyone has a horror story to tell me of why we can't have this victory over death (the evil one is trying to kill you!). Don't bother; I have my own story, of victory!
I would like to add my mother to the list of the heroes of faith. I was in the army infantry in Vietnam. I was a heathen. There were dozens of days when I knew that there was no possible way to come out alive. I've been surrounded by enemy armies for days and weeks. And yet I'm alive. A rumor started back home that I was dead. My friends at home went to my mother's and gave her their condolences. My mother is a faithful follower of the Lord. She had not heard from me, yet she told them that the news was false, that I was alive and well and not to be concerned. She then wrote me with their addresses and asked me to write them so they would know.
How could she know; the WORD OF GOD. She was standing on the promise of God. She had a firm faith that God would not fail her. That was enough. And that's enough for me, my God shall deliver me from every evil.
"Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."