Learning From the Model Prayer…Part 3

Today I will conclude our discourse on the model prayer.

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”

 Is God the source of our Temptation?  No He is not. 
James 1:13 makes that very clear:  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

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.

 So why are we told to pray that the Father would not lead us into temptation?

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.  

I Cor. 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

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.

So in conclusion, when we pray let us try to pattern our prayers after this one:

1. Acknowledging our Relation with God

2. Recognizing His worth and his supremacy

3. Asking that His rule be established on earth

4. Ask for daily Bread, not just for us but for others

5. We then ask for Forgiveness as we forgive those who have wronged us

6. Request guidance as we deal with temptation

7. Close with the way you started, recognizing His worth and agreeing that all power        and glory belongs to Him

In His Service,


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