6. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil – August 6

Day 1 – Think

This statement asks God to take care of our spirit.

God uses broken people to accomplish great things.

This petition is a confession of our spiritual weakness.  The first half ‘Lead us not into temptation’ expresses our weakness.  The second half ‘but deliver us from evil’ expresses God’s power.

 

Jesus prays for us – that His victory may be ours.

Romans 8:34 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Hebrews 7:25 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

1 John 2:1-2 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

 

The Lord’s prayer so far.

Access.  Approaching God as Father.

Praise. Giving him the praise he deserves.

Submission.  Inviting God’s kingdom of righteousness.

Petition. A request for God to provide in the present.

Petition. Pardon takes care of our past.

Petition. Protection to take care of our future.

Day 2 – Meditate

Pray throughout today – ‘Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil’

What does God reveal to you through this prayer?

What other prayers or thoughts flow from this prayer?

Day 3 – Scriptural context

Ephesians 6:10-20.

The Whole Armor of God

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

Day 4 – Sermon on the mount

The Lord’s Prayer is set within the context of the Sermon on the Mount.   How does this section of the sermon add to our understanding of this week’s part of the Lord’s prayer?

 

Matthew 5:27-37

Teaching about Adultery

27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Teaching about Divorce

31 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.

Teaching about Vows

33 “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’34 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. 35 And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

 

Day 5 – Application

What areas of your life do you need God’s help to deal with temptation?

What are your vulnerabilities?

Are you aware of a spiritual component to temptation?

Do you take responsibility when dealing with temptation or blame?

Where do you see evil at work in society? In the church?

Where is our church vulnerable to temptation?

 

A word on temptation from C.S. Lewis in ‘Mere Christianity’ pg122

 

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means.  This is an obvious lie.  Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.  After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in.  You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.  A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later.  That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness.  They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in … Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means,

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Key references for Wintering Well 2017: And When You Pray (2002) by Ray Pritchard; The Prayer of Prayers Sermon series (2014) by Timothy Keller.

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