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