Mathew 6:9-13: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
Who then is the tempter?
Mathew 4:3: And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. If this is so, why is it necessary to ask that God does not lead us into temptation?
I Thess. 3:5: For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
Temptation can be seen here as a test. God has promised however to keep us from any testing that is more than we are able to manage.
We are simple asking from God what He has already provided. In Psalm 91 we get the full scope of his protection for us. However we need to ask in order to activate or release our faith. James 4:2 we are told- Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.
We ask for God’s guidance and protection as we journey through life. The final part of this prayer says: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
So at the end of our prayer we are instructed to turn our attention back to God, acknowledging His supremacy and position as the Almighty ruler. It is God’s kingdom, and all the power and Glory belongs to Him forever – so be it.
1. Acknowledging our Relation with God
3. Asking that His rule be established on earth
5. We then ask for Forgiveness as we forgive those who have wronged us
7. Close with the way you started, recognizing His worth and agreeing that all power and glory belongs to Him
In His Service,