When Jesus taught his disciples The Lord’s Prayer, he included what might seem like a strange phrase — “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Does God tempt us to do wrong? If not, why should we pray this part of the Model Prayer? Tomorrow as I preach this sermon, I will be answering those and other questions about this puzzling part of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray.
In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructs us to pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” Of course, that sounds like a simple request for food to eat today, but behind this prayer is the entire history of God’s provision for God’s people, and some lessons for us today about how our economy ought to work.
When You Pray: Trust God To Provide
“Give us today our daily bread.” — Matthew 6:11
This is our fourth message on The Lord’s Prayer. We have adopted The Lord’s Prayer as the focus for our Lenten reflection this year, with a commitment to say The Prayer each day during Lent.
Here’s the first message in a seven-part series on The Lord’s Prayer. We’re using The Lord’s Prayer to form us spiritually during Lent this year. Join us in these days of preparation by praying The Lord’s Prayer each day.
When You Pray: The Lord’s Prayer
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: