I’ve been contemplating the line, “And lead us not into temptation,” for the past few days. And God, within the past few minutes, just blew up my mind with realizations.
The Lord’s prayer is a diamond in the ruff.
It’s a prayer many know, but many also overlook. Sort of like the pledge of alliance for Americans. We say the words, but do we truly know what they mean? Do we truly practice what we claim to say?
So I’m going to break down this little gem, and show you just how insightful Jesus was with the disciples. The Lord’s prayer is a summary of everything Christians need to know, understand, and apply.
Check it out.
Our Father Who Art In Heaven
This piece may not seem like much, but consider this. God resides on His throne in Heaven, He doesn’t budge. But then we have Jesus, who spoke this prayer, in the flesh on Earth.
Jesus became our intervention between God and us. We don’t need a third party prophet anymore. Not only that, but after the resurrection and ascension of Christ, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit to reside within us.
Our Father may be in Heaven, but His hand has been at work since the beginning! Acknowledge the Potter and His craft. Understand He knows us. We are not hidden ❤
(NIV) Isaiah 29:15, “Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Hallow means honor as holy.
We aren’t disrespectful to God. We don’t use His name in vain.
Taking it a step farther, how do we approach God in our lives? Do we always treat Him this way? Or do we complain to Him?
Do we treat the Lord the way He should be treated?
(NIV) Psalm 31:23, “Love the LORD, all His faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to Him, but the proud He pays back in full.”
Thy Kingdom Come
We are told to seek first God. This means everything in our life needs to have Him first. No matter our circumstance.
(NIV) Matthew 6:31-33, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Thy Will Be Done
We are asking for God’s will, not what we want. This means God’s will may be in a form of humbling us.
Like Jesus, though we struggle and do not understand God’s plan, we trust Him anyways. We focus on what He wants done in our life, not the other way around.
(NIV) Luke 22:42, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
On Earth As It Is In Heaven
Heaven already follows God’s plan. We know Earth doesn’t. But do we earnestly seek His hand in our world? Do we only pray for ourselves and those closest to us?
We need to seek out God’s will not only in our life, but the lives of others. When we are out and see strangers around us. Shout out a quick utterance of prayer in your heart.
“God, be with them!”
“God, be with my eyes so that I do not judge!”
Give This Our Day Our Daily Bread
Notice the word “daily” is used. Not “extra”. This is focusing on God keeping His word that He will provide.
(NIV) Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
But it’s also a reminder to us to be content with what we are given. What is my daily bread may be different from another. We aren’t to compare and become envious. No, we are to be satisfied and content.
Not only should we pray for our portion of bread, but as Christ said.
(NIV) Matthew 4:04, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Pray that God gives us our daily guidance in His word.
Seek Him out in the Word daily! ❤
And Forgive Us Our Debts As We Forgive Our Debtors
There are people who owe us apologies. People who should seek out our forgiveness. But it isn’t about us focusing on that. No, instead we should forgive those who haven’t even sought forgiveness. Because whether or not they seek forgiveness, they have a debt to us.
Just like we have a debt to Christ when we sin.
Maybe they won’t ever ask for forgiveness. Maybe they have, but we hold onto a grudge.
Regardless, we are reminded,
(NIV) Matthew 7:01-02, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
We will be forgiven as we forgive.
(NIV) Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
And Lead Us Not Into Temptation
This was piece of scripture I was focusing on, and it was today I had my EUREKA moment. Jesus is talking about conviction.
Now we shouldn’t put ourselves in situations we will be tempted to sin in.
But what happens before we are in those temptations?
God can convict us before we are in those situations to be tempted. We can be convicted through prayer, through scripture, through worship music, and through others. God speaks to us in so many ways, and He wants us not to falter. Will He prick our spirits? Yes, indeed He will. Especially, when we ask Him to. And we need to!
And when we are tempted…
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
But Deliver Us From The Evil One
We can entertain thoughts we shouldn’t.
(ISV) 1 Peter 5:08, “Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
But even then, God will provide a way!
(ESV) James 4:07, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
In order for us to be saved from falling into temptation we must redirect our thoughts and our actions to God. When we turn to God, and accept His hand, He fights back for us!
How great is He!
For Thou Is The Kingdom, And Power, And Glory Forever, Amen.
For Yours is the kingdom.
For Yours is the power.
And for Yours is the glory.
~T. R. Noble
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