Read Matthew 6:5–15
“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 others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“ ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
All week, we have been reading and reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer, considering how this prayer can be applied to our lives. We must also remember that Jesus prayed the elements of this prayer too. Indeed, we see in Jesus’ last days, in the Garden of Gethsemane, that He prayed for God to deliver Him, but He also prayed that God’s will would be done (Matthew 26:42). Sometimes God takes us into trials and testing, and though He does not tempt us, He permits us to face evil and sin. This is a hard truth to swallow, but even Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1). And so we pray that God will deliver us from these moments of trial and testing. Of course, He has already delivered us in the most ultimate sense—from sin and death—through Jesus Christ. But as long as we walk this earth, we will be tested and tried. May God deliver us.
- What do you find difficult about this particular section of the Lord’s Prayer? What questions do you have about it? Present those difficulties and questions to God.
- From what temptation, trial, or test has God delivered you? What did you learn about God through that experience? What did you learn about yourself?
- What invitation do you sense God extending to you in this verse about temptation and deliverance? How might you respond?
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
-New Living Translation-