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Lead Us Not into Temptation, but Deliver Us from the Evil One (6 of 7)
Series: The Lord's Prayer
We are in a study on the Lord's prayer. Let's read it together:
Matthew 6:9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
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Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is true, we all face it. People are tempted every day to cheat, lie, and steal. They are tempted to be unfaithful, to fall into sin, to do the wrong or unethical thing, to please any part of their flesh!
Definition of TEMPTATION:
- the trial of man's fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy
- an enticement to sin, whether arising from the desires or from the outward circumstances
When Jesus says that we should pray, ''Our Father, do not lead us into temptation,'' He is not saying that the Father leads us into temptation. It says He has the power to keep us from falling INTO temptation.
Let me help you. David also prayed in Psalm 23:3 ''He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.'' So He would not lead us into sin or ''paths of unrighteousness,'' He would only lead us into paths of righteousness. The NLT version says it like this, ''And don't let us yield to temptation.'' Or ''Don't let us be led into temptation.'' And we could add, ''…so that I am not led into sin…so that I am not led into ruin.''
Another interesting observation from the prayer as a whole is that all the pieces interactively fit together. For example, if we are harboring unforgiveness, it opens the door for the enemy's attack. In marriage, if there are hurts or fighting, and a spouse is harboring ...
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