Pray Like This…. 
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is 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 also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’ Matthew 6:9-13
This is possibly the most well known pray in the world. People have said this single prayer, possibly every day since Jesus instructed them in it 2000 years ago. But instead of simply memorizing and repeat it, what if we were to cut it apart into its simple statements and examine them?
There are 9 distinct thoughts expressed here:
6. Daily Bread
Now obviously it would be a very long post if we looked at each one of these, so instead I want to divide it into sections. Last time we discussed, “Forgiveness” Let’s continue on.
We have been working down through the Lord’s Prayer, and examining it as a model for how we should come before the Lord. I know some people are very traditional and look at the prayer as a simple prayer that we should repeat verbatim. I however am a bit more methodical, and I look for the patterns behind what Jesus was teaching. Because Jesus said so much to teach us how we ought to live. So now we have come to the point in this prayer where it says “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Some people take this to mean that if we don’t ask, God is going to lead us into temptation and try to cause us to sin. I assure you this is not the case. Holy Spirit will never lead us to temptation, however we are very good at finding it ourselves. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and He leads us into ALL TRUTH. (John 14:17 & John 16:13)
The book of John spends a good portion of time explaining how Christ through His Holy Spirit leads us into truth. So if He is never going to lead us to temptation, why do we need to pray like this?
What an interesting question we have. The truth about this is that this portion is less about Him and more about us. We think that because we are asking Him to “deliver us from evil” that it is a reminder to Christ to do it. However this is false. Christ is a faithful God, and has already made a way of deliverance through the finished work of the Cross. This portion of the prayer is not asking in Hopes that he might be generous and deliver us. Becuase that would be ludicrous and imply that He doesn’t want us to be delivered and thus needs to be convinced.
Christ has already made a ways of deliverance at the foot of the Cross. He leads us from captivity into freedom. Every day of your life, Christ wants to lead you. He wants you to be willing to follow. He wants you to choose to be Led. You can find lots and lots of temptation on your own. Its not hard, just find the nearest TV and turn it on. 85% chance you will find something that will tempt you to sin. However, Christ wants to lead you away from that. He wants to pull you out of the temptations and into His presence. He wants to lead you out of the world and into His Kingdom.
Some of us are prideful and want to do things with our own effort and our own power. However we cannot deliver ourselves and we cannot remove ourselves from temptation. This is something that requires God Himself. Christ is actively waiting to deliver you, but He is waiting for you to yield yourself to Him. Remember the words of Paul in Romans 12.
“Present yourselves as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1) The only way to do this, and to live this out is by living a Galatians 2:20 lifestyle. We need to be co-crucified with Christ, and allow Him to live through us and lead us where He wants to take us. It is pride and presumption that thinks we are good enough to tell Christ where to take us. Give in to Him, and ask Him to lead you. He will lead you someplace greater than you can even imagine. Be the clay that He can mold, bend, and shape. Let Him lead you and conform you to His image.
Keep on the lookout for the remainder of our study in the Lord’s Prayer. I hope that as you are reading it, you are seeing the importance of this model of Prayer. It is not about simple memorization and repetition, but rather it is about understanding concepts and applying them to our prayer life. We have one more portion of the prayer to look at and then one final thought to help us pull it all together.