Protection | The Lord’s Prayer
April 5, 2020
The Lord’s Prayer
9 ”This, then, is how you should 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 today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
The petition “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” has two halves, but both halves express a single thought: life is a spiritual minefield and so we should not trust ourselves. This is the same theme that runs through many of the psalms: self-distrust coupled with a humble dependence on God.
The word (in verse 13) translated “temptation” in the New International Version, is basically a neutral word in the Greek and the idea is ‘to test or prove’ but it can also mean ‘to trap,’ and from there it can be used for either ‘trial’ or ‘temptation.’
“Any educational or training program must of necessity include periodic tests for gauging progress, and the experience of taking and passing such tests can be very encouraging to the trainee. . . . God does and must test us regularly, to prove what is in us and show how far we have got.” -J.I. Packer
Some very practical ways
to be ready for the tests of life
- We should
If we look at ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ as a whole, Jesus is saying: When you pray, .
Jesus is conditioning us to see trials .
1 Peter 4:12
When you’re praying the way Jesus told us to pray, you’re not going to say, “How could this happen to me?” Because you’re
How is the cross shaping your life?
- We do not battle against pain, .
Suffering will make you stronger, but .
- Filter all your testings through .
“This isn’t fair.” “I don’t deserve this.” “This is what God gives me when I’ve been so faithful to Him?”
“I’m a terrible person.” “People have always said I’m a failure; it must be true.” “There must be something wrong with me.”
“Life is horrible.” “I don’t care anymore.” “God is against me, so I don’t want anything to do with Him anymore.”
If you treat God as Father, He will strengthen you and give you .
Daniel 3:17, 18
Daniel 3:24, 25
1 Chronicles 29:11
Memory verse: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13
Read James 1. According to James 1:3, 4, what is produced when our faith is tested?
Why does God allow people to go through trials and difficulties?
Read James 1. What effect does doubt have on a person when he or she prays? See James 1:6-8.
How does a person’s relationship with God change as he or she goes through trials and problems?
Read James 1. In verse 12, what reward awaits the person who perseveres under trial?
How can doubting affect a person’s prayer life?
Read James 1. From where does temptation come? See James 1:13-15.
Why do we often blame God for tempting us when we sin?
Read James 1. According to James 1:16, 17, from where do all good and perfect gifts come?
What can a person do to stop an evil desire from becoming an actual evil act?
Read James 1. How did James describe God’s relationship with the people He created in verses 17 and 18?
What do you believe God is trying to teach you this week through the trials and situations you are experiencing?