by Jim Henry

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Pastor Jim Henry
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Tape 409233, CT 165

(Matthew 6:13)

Someone has said that when we pray the Lord's Prayer, we are making
three petitions, three prayers for ourselves. We pray about
yesterday, when we say "Forgive us our debts." We pray about today
when we say, "Give us this day our daily bread," and we pray about
tonorrow when we say, "Lead us not into temptation-, but deliver us
frown evil."
We live in a world of fear. There's not a person who is not touched
by fear in some area of life or existence, or who has not at some time
experienced an erosion of faith. There's fear of illness, of
tomorrow, fear in a job, about family - we are surrounded by fear.
There are two kinds of fear: good and bad. When we pray this prayer,
something begins to happen. It's a recognition of a good kind of
fear. Notice that Jesus was placing the emphasis on something that
happens to us internally, more than externally. This is a good kind
of fear.
People often say to me, "Br. Jim, pray for my husband. He's in the
hospital and facing some tests. Please pray for him." Or we get a
req-ue-st to pray for someone who i-s facing surgery. We have many
requests for physical healing, but you know, I can hardly remember
anyone ever calling me or my secretary and saying, "Br. Jim, I'm
going to Atlanta, and I'll be tempted to cheat on my expense report.
Would you pray for me that I won't do that?" No one has ever called
and asked me to do that. There are thousands of prayers for physical
needs, but no one ever requests prayer for temptation.
No one ever calls and says, "Br. Jim, I'm going to be traveling, and
in a lonely motel room for two weeks, separated from my wife and
family. I know I'm going to be tempted to seek female companionship.
Would you pray for me that I won't yield to that temptation?" No one
ever a ...

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