The Lord’s Prayer Part 3

Today, we’re wrapping up the Lord’s prayer with the final verse.

(Part 1 and  Part 2)

“And do not lead us into temptation,
      But deliver us from the evil one.
      For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)

6.  Pray for power over evil: “And do not lead us into temptation…deliver us from the evil one.”
Sometimes the notion of evil can be scary and uncomfortable to talk about, but Satan is real.  As Christians, we don’t need to cower in fear, but we do need to be praying for protection over ourselves and our family.  We need to be alert and aware and putting on the armor of God.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.”
Psalm 91:1,4-5
 
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-14
7.  Divine Partnership: “For Yours is the kingdom.”
What a gift to share in God’s kingdom, power, and glory.  The kingdom, the power, and the glory are entirely His, but the fact that through His love and mercy, we are able to take part, undoes me.  
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
John 17:20-24

So just to recap, in looking at the Lord’s prayer as a guide or outline to shape our daily prayers, we can recognize and pray over:
1.  The Paternal Need: “Our Father”
2.  God’s Presence: “Hallowed be Your Name”
3.  God’s Priorities: “Your Kingdom Come”
4.  God’s Provision: “Give us”
5.  God’s Forgiveness: “And Forgive us”
6.  Power over evil: “And do not lead us into temptation…deliver us from the evil one.”
7.  Divine Partnership: “For Yours is the kingdom.”
My hope and prayer for each of us is that now, as we look at the guidance Jesus gave us through the Lord’s prayer, we will move away from the tendency to simply repeat it when prompted.  Rather, may but we grasp it’s depth in new ways and use it to strengthen our daily prayer life.  May we daily discover new joys through these 66 words and continue to cultivate a praying life! 
“Our Father in heaven,
      Hallowed be Your name.
       Your kingdom come.
      Your will be done
      On earth as it is in heaven.
       Give us this day our daily bread.
       And forgive us our debts,
      As we forgive our debtors.
       And do not lead us into temptation,
      But deliver us from the evil one.
      For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

 

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