Lord’s Prayer – Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Lord’s Prayer – Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Context & things to remember

This is the conclusion of Jesus’ Model for Prayer

    • Our Father in Heaven
    • Holy is your name
    • Your Kingdom come, will be done
    • Give us daily bread
    • Forgive us our debts, (as we forgive our debtors)

Matthew 6:13 (HCSB)

13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]

We live in a strange world, but fleeing the world is not an option for us.

  • Instead our prayer is that God would not bring us into temptation
  • In the midst of life’s complications, and difficulties, we can see God’s hand at work
  • God wants to lead us through this world in such a way where we will be made perfect in the love of God.

“Lead us not into temptation” means that we will actively flee from sin

James 1:13-15

  • Sin leads to death, God offers life, (forgiveness and confession is part of that life).
  • God won’t tempt you to sin.

But deliver us from the evil one

This deliverance is made certain through Jesus victory over the devil, (life, death and resurrection).

  • We find our deliverance in Jesus.  We trust God to deliver us, and we obey God’s instructions
    • James 4:7   (Resist the Devil)
    • Ephesians 6:17 – Sword of the Spirit, Jesus is our example from John 4

CONCLUSION

When we live lives that fulfill the Lord’s Prayer, we become fully functioning citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

  • Identity – Child of God
  • Worship – God alone is Holy
  • Citizenship – Part of the Kingdom of God, where his will is given free reign over our wills
  • Resources – Everything we need for this life is from God
  • Righteousness – We are forgiven and made clean through Jesus, and we offer the gift of forgiveness freely to everyone
  • Protection – We trust God to keep us from the temptations of evil, and safe from the evil one.

QUESTIONS

  1. What flavour of ice cream is the most tempting to you?
  2. What is the opposite of temptation?
  3. Where does temptation get its power from to persuade people to sin?
  4. Was Jesus temptation in John 4 harder, the same or easier than Adam’s temptation in Genesis 3?  Discuss
  5. How do you know that you are being tempted?
  6. What are some practical ways to resist the devil and his temptations?
  7. What is a habit that you can form to recognize and resist temptation?

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Boice, James Montgomery. The Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

Boice, James Montgomery. The Sermon on the Mount: An Expositional Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2002.

The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Barcelona, Berlin, New York: 1928–1931. Edited by Clifford J. Green, Reinhart Staats, Hans Christoph Von Hase, Holger Roggelin, and Matthias Wünsche. Translated by Douglas W. Stott. Vol. 10. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2008.