Request: “Teach us to pray” – a template for real conversation with God
- Don’t pray like hypocrites – actors, using prayer to be recognized
- Don’t pray like the pagans – prattling formulas or using many words out of fear
The Prayer of Protection
- The word Jesus uses is not “to direct” or “to go in front of”. Instead, it means “to bring or to carry” (A general vs a shepherd)
- It is not “keep us.” – A guide cannot eliminate obstacles or challenges – but they can use their knowledge to see you through.
2.“Not into Temptation”
- Temptation is a solicitation to evil—an invitation to do the wrong thing.
- God never solicits us to evil. James 1:13
- The word translated as “temptation,” can also be translated as “test.” When you test someone, you want them to pass.
God will never lead us into temptation, but he might take a temptation—a solicitation to evil—and turn it into a test—an opportunity to prove ourselves.
- Lead us, not into temptation
As we make our way through this difficult and dangerous world, Lord, lead us; bring us through situations that could lead to our downfall, and turn them into opportunities to do the right thing, so we can move on to bigger and better things.
- Calling on Jesus is one of the most helpful ways to deal with temptation. When we do encounter temptation, turn to God and ask for the strength to choose life.
3.“But deliver us from evil”
- This is not a prayer for immunity from trouble or danger or spiritual attack.
- To deliver someone is to rescue them from danger or to see them through a hard time.
- It is not “Deliver us from harm.” This isn’t so much about physical safety as it is about spiritual safety. ie. “Deliver us from the Evil One.”
- This isn’t a prayer that bad things will never happen to us. It’s a prayer that bad things will never get to us
“My prayer is not that you take them out of this world but that you protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15
4. “For thine is the kingdom”
- Most Bibles have a note or an asterisk indicating, that this phrase isn’t present in the oldest and most reliable manuscripts.
- We don’t know when or how it was added, but it is a biblically sound way to end the prayer, because real prayer begins and ends with God.
- The fervent prayer of protection closes with a reminder that God’s kingdom alone is advancing. All the power and glory is due him forever.
Question for reflection:
In what area do you or someone you know, need God’s protection?