The Lord's Prayer: And Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil
Scripture: Matthew 6:13
Key Truth: Though we are saved, we continue in weakness to need God’s sovereign leading and protection in the Holy Spirit to be able to display His glory in and through our lives.
Q: Has your life become easier since you have become a Christian? What are some of the key challenges as compared to when you didn’t believe?
“We showed from the former petition, that no man can be reckoned a Christian, who does not acknowledge himself to be a sinner; and in the same manner, we conclude from this petition, that we have no strength for living a holy life, except so far as we obtain it from God. Whoever implores the assistance of God to overcome temptations, acknowledges that, unless God deliver him, he will be constantly falling."
John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew
Sixth Petition: And Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil:
“Our Saviour has taught us in all our distresses to pray to God for a cure…. He only knows what our troubles are, and can give us help from trouble; he only that laid the burden on can take it off.”
Thomas Watson, The Lord’s Prayer
Q: What is the main concern in this petition? What is our best means of defense?
Doxology: For Yours Is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory. Amen:
“Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.”
1 Chronicles 29:10-11
Q: What is to be of the utmost importance to us according to the Lord’s Prayer?
“And now let us all examine ourselves, and see whether we really desire to have the things which we are taught to ask for in the Lord’s Prayer. Thousands, it may be feared, repeat these words daily as a form, but never consider what they are saying. They care nothing for the “glory,” the “kingdom,” or the “will” of God. They have no sense of dependence, sinfulness, weakness, or danger. They have no love or charity towards their enemies. And yet they repeat the Lord’s Prayer. These things ought not be so. May we resolve that, by God’s help, our hearts shall go together with our lips! Happy is he who can really call God his Father through Jesus Christ his Saviour, and can therefore say heartfelt “Amen” to all that the Lord’s Prayer contains.”
J.C. Ryle, Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Volume 1: Matthew-Mark
Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:13 that:
- we are weak even in seeking to preserve ourselves from temptation and the evil one
- God continues to be our sovereign help in the power and work of the Holy Spirit
- God’s glory as displayed in our lives is our greatest concern
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