The Lord’s Prayer – 6 – Lead Us Not Into Temptation
One of the most often recited parts of the Bible is the Lord’s Prayer. But didn’t Jesus tell us not to make prayer a rote exercise? Maybe Jesus had something else in mind. In this new series, The Lord’s Prayer, we take an expanded look at what Jesus was teaching Christians about prayer.
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We’re continuing our series on The Lord’s Prayer today. This is the sixth installment – Lead Us Not into Temptation.
So far, we’ve put forth the notion that when Jesus told His disciples to pray like this, and then He said to them what we call the Lord’s Prayer, He wasn’t giving them a prayer to recite, but an outline of things to pray about. He didn’t say, “Pray this prayer.” No, instead, He said, “When you pray, pray like this.” First He told them to address the Father in prayer and to recall that He is in heaven, and that His name is holy, special, reverenced, hallow. Then He told them to ask God that His Kingdom would come – to keep uppermost in our minds that it is coming, and that all our troubles will be over when it does. So, all that’s very encouraging to think about. It expands our minds to remember who we’re talking to. After a night’s sleep or a hard day’s work, we need it.