Learning to Pray the Jesus Way (A blog series on The Lord’s Prayer) Part 6: On Temptation and Evil

The human condition is fraught with all manner of frailties and dependencies.

Chances are you’ve lived enough life to know this to be true.  I, for one, can barely stumble from my bed to the bathroom during the middle of the night without stubbing my toe, let alone successfully maneuver my way through life unscathed.

In Part 1 of this series, we discovered that this inescapable fact of the human condition establishes our need for prayer.

Because we are frail, because we are dependent, because we need, God gave us prayer.

Prayer is the means through which God answers our deepest need.  Our need for Him.

In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus, recognizing the many ways in which we are dependent on God, draws our attention to who God is to us.  And it just so happens that who He is coincides beautifully with what we need.

Read the first four verses of Jesus’ prayer with this in mind.  Look specifically for who Jesus reveals God to be in light of our frailties, dependencies, and needs.

Matthew 6

9Our 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…

Although the answers may not immediately jump out to you, sit with the text long enough, and here’s a bit of what you’re likely to discover:

As humans we are desperately dependent on God

as our Father  {v.9},

as our King  {v.10},

as our Provider  {v.11},

and as our Savior  {v.12}.

And now in the last verse of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus introduces to us God as our Protector.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  Matthew 6:13

Protector.  Because it is part of who He is, it must be something that we desperately need.

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