The Protection of Prayer

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The Protection of Prayer
Text: Matthew 6:5–15 (KJV 1900)
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
( For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.)
* For about the last 11 weeks now, as we have been analyzing the Lord ’s Prayer together in Matthew chapter 6, we have been learning to pray the right way- in a what that pleases God.
* My desire as your pastor is that we have been learning our lessons well.
* Our teacher has been none other than the Lord Jesus Christ who has given us this model, or skeleton, our outline for praying.
* I hope and pray that we have listened well and learned well, and are able to apply well the things that the Jesus Himself has taught us.
* I know in my own life my praying has been reshaped to fit the pattern that the Lord has given us here in Matthew chapter 6, in what we call the Lord’s Prayer.
* This prayer known as the Lord’s Prayer, or maybe better called “the disciple’s prayer” is a skeleton for all praying; it includes all prayers in its features.
* The simple ingredients found in this prayer touch every area of need in the life of the Christian.
* This guide to praying includes every element of glorifying and praising God that God desires us to include in our praying.
* The Lord’s Prayer is an all-inclusive masterpiece of all that God intends for praying to be.
* Set in its context with chapter five of Matthew, like a beautiful jewel, in the midst of the Sermon on the mount, this model for true praying stands out in stark contrast to the prayers of, first, the Scribes and the Pharisees, and then to the pagans, who’s praying was substandard, inadequate, unacceptable in the eyes of God.
* If you were with us when we studied from verse to 8 of chapter 6, you remember that the Lord first of all pointed out the inadequacy, the failings of the prayer that was going on in the culture of His time.
* And Jesus divided the praying of his day into two groups; there was the praying of the Pharisees and the praying of the pagans.
* The praying of the Pharisees, you will remember in verse 5, was characterized by hypocrisy.
* The scribes and Pharisees prayed standing in the synagogues and at the widest portions of the intersections of the street, in order to be seen by men. They were spiritually phony.
* These religious leaders were parading themselves. They were not praying for the glory of God, for the sake of God, or for the expression of true religion, but rather they were praying to be seen. It was hypocrisy at its worst.
* To the Jews, the worship of God had become an exercise empty rituals and religious pride.
* Jesus said in Matthew chapter 15, when speaking of how the Jews had corrupted the worship of the Temple and its sacrificial system, and corrupted the laws of Moses by adding their religious rules…
Matthew 15:6–9 (KJV 1900)
… Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
* This is why, in the same sermon on the mount that we find Jesus teaching the beatitudes, which are the principles of the true kingdom of God.
* When Jesus proclaims to his disciples the Beatitudes, He was explaining, that in contrast to the example of the scribes and Pharisees, that the true worship of God is not found in external rituals and the outward expressions of religion.
* The principles of the beatitudes teach that the true citizens of the Kingdom of God are revealed to the world, not by the external forms and rituals of dead religion, but by internal attitudes of a heart that has been transformed by the Living Word of God.
* The prophet Ezekiel had prophesied that one day the Messiah would come and lead Israel back to the true worship of God, by taking the words of the law that God had written by his finger in stone, and instead writing the words of the Law into the flesh of the hearts of men.
Ezekiel 11:19–20 (KJV 1900)
19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
* The hard hearted, stony, hearted, people of Israel had perverted the sacrificial system of the Temple, and the Laws of Moses away from their original intent, and had changed them into mere external religious Legalism, which was dead, and no longer worship from the heart, but just a form of lip-service to God.
Isaiah 29:13 (KJV 1900)
13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, And with their lips do honour me, But have removed their heart far from me, And their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
* The precepts of man are the dead, ritualistic religions and religious of this world.
* All religion in the world is an attempt of mankind to reach up to God on his own terms.
* By his own works of religion, mankind believes, like the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day, that he can obtain the kingdom of God by external works.
* and so, the scribes and the Pharisees had corrupted true praying and chanted it into something that God hated.
Amos 5:21–23 (KJV 1900)
21 I hate, I despise your feast days, And I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: Neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; For I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
Isaiah 1:10–31 (KJV 1900)
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; And I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, Who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me;
The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; It is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth:
They are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: Yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear…
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
* This is what Jesus was talking about when he told the woman at the well, that the day was coming when men would no longer worship God with the dead works of religion, but from the heart, in spirit and in truth.
John 4:19–26 (KJV 1900)
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
* And then there were in that culture, the pagans. And if you’ll notice in verse 7 it says the pagans pray using vain repetition thinking they will be heard for their much speaking.
* The Pharisees then prayed hypocritically and the pagans prayed mechanically.
* For the Pharisees the prayer was only a pretending of being holy and righteous.
* And for the pagans it was a mindless babbling routine and ritual, meant to badger their god into a response.
* And so if the sin of the Pharisees was selfishness, the sin of the pagans was mindlessness.
* If the sin of the Pharisees was hypocrisy, the sin of the pagans was ritualism, and mechanical prayer.
* Hypocrites, or self-righteous people, pray wrong because they have a wrong view of God. They think they’re more important than God is.
* Ritualists, or religious but lost people, pray wrong because they have a wrong view of God also—they don’t understand that God is a God of love, who desires to grant them things and so they badger God with their endless mutterings as if He had to be intimidated into a response.
* A wrong theology, or in other words, a wrong understanding of God, created wrong praying in both cases.
* And because of all the wrong praying, Jesus in great contrast, gives us the example of right praying that we have been studying for the past 11 or 12 weeks.
* And so we have learned in our study that our praying is never to be hypocrisy, and our praying is never to b simply mechanical, but always, unselfish, and from a pure heart.
* In the Lord’s Prayer we find Six petitions: The first three related to God and His glory. The last three related to man and his need.
* We come now to verse 13, the sixth and final petition. And I believe it’s one not two, it’s just a continuing thought- “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” is just one request.
* This request is simply a request for God’s protection.
* We move then from:
- our physical need,
to our spiritual need
- to what you might call our, moral need.
* God takes care of:
- our daily bread, that’s physical sustenance
- God takes care of the sin of our lives by forgiveness
- and God takes care of the moral standard of our life by guiding us away from sin.
* Verse 12 deals with past sins, verse 13 with future ones.
We need to be forgiven when we sin, yes, but we need to be delivered from the situations in this life that could cause us to sin in the future, And that is the cry of verse 13. “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,”
* Now some people have been confused by this petition.
* At first it seems simple, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” And we say at first—Oh, that’s clear.
* Keep us out of trouble, God, keep us out of trouble!
* But as you look at it a little closer several questions are immediately drawn to your attention.
* Number one, “lead us not into temptation.”
* You mean we have to ask God to do that? Does God lead us to temptation if we don’t ask Him?
* Can a holy, righteous, pure, undefiled, blameless, unblemished, virtuous God possibly lead anybody to temptation?
* And to ask Him to deliver us from evil, I mean, if we don’t ask Him is He going to put us into evil?
* That’s the dilemma we face as we evaluate this verse. People say if it means temptation? Lead us not into temptation—would God do that?
* On the other hand people say—No, you see the word temptation there means trial and the prayer says—Lead us not into trials.
* Now wait a minute. Wait a minute. James said—Count it all joy when you fall into trials. Because the trying of your faith brings patience and patience has a perfect work.
* So if you take it as a temptation you’ve got a problem because does God tempt us?
* James 1:13 says, “Let no man say when he is tempted I am tempted of God, for God can neither be tempted nor does God ever tempt any man.”
* So, how in the world can we say—Lord, don’t tempt us when the Bible says He never will anyway?
* On the other hand if we say—Don’t lead us into a trial, Lord, then we’re denying another verse in James 1 that says “Count it all joy when you enter into a trial.”
* Now do you see where this can be a little confusing to some people?
* No matter how you deal with the word temptation in verse 13 here, it seems to leave us with a problem.
* Now realize that Christian character is strengthened by trials. I realize that I grow in my trials.
* I realize that trials have a perfecting work in us. I also realize that God doesn’t tempt me.
* God never tempts anybody anytime to do anything wrong. That would be to defy His own nature.
* You say—Well, what I’ve got here is a paradox.
* That’s right! Now you are beginning to understand! Here we have another one of these paradoxes of the Bible that we talked about several weeks ago!
* Now this is not an unknown paradox elsewhere in Scripture. For example, in Matthew 5 you’ll remember that the Bible says there, “Rejoice when you’re persecuted.”
* But if you go to Matthew 10:23 it says, “Flee persecution.” That’s a paradox.
* Now what are we supposed to do? Stand there and rejoice or run?
* There’s a paradox there. There’s a sense in which we run from persecution but when it catches us, we can know joy in the midst of it.
* Now Let’s look at the phrase itself- “And lead us not into temptation.”
* Would God deliberately lead us to temptation? Turn with me to James chapter 1.
* Would God lead us deliberately into temptation?
* Look with me now at James 1:13- is says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil neither tempted He any man.”
* God never tempts anybody. Now God may allow Satan to bring certain trials into Job’s life but Satan does the tempting not God.
* God may allow, 1 Corinthians 5:5, some evil believer in the church to be turned over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, but it is Satan who inflicts it not God.
* God may discipline us as we see in 1 Timothy 1:20 where the apostle Paul talks about “Turning one over to Satan to learn not to blaspheme.”
* God permitted Jesus, our savior and example, to feel the onslaughts of hell against Him on the cross, but it is not God that did the tempting, it was Satan.
* James 1 says verse 14, “Every man is tempted not by God but when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed.”
* I think when he’s drawn away of his own lust is that internal drawing of the flesh and enticed, you can add in parenthesis by Satan here, is that external pull by Satan.
* Men sin because they are tempted. And they are tempted internally by their lust and externally by the enticement of Satan. Then when lust conceives it brings forth sin. And sin when it’s finished brings forth death.
* It’s important that we understand this theological truth.
* People hassle about this all the time. That ask us why does God allow evil?
* That’s own choice to do things that way. And we’ll just have to wait until eternity to find out why, but most definitely, God allows evil.
* God does not do evil or tempt to do evil. Everything that proceeds from God is a good and perfect thing.
* You have to keep the tension of this paradox in your mind, and like I have said before,
* keep in mind that the answer to every paradox in the Bible is what Jesus said about the camel going through the eye of the needle
*- with men this is impossible, but with God, anything is possible to him that believes.
* God allows certain evil things to take place in our lives, but they are not the expression of His heart, His mind or His will or character.
* In fact, if you want to know what God feels about temptation simply listen to Jesus in Matthew 26:41, where Jesus said to His disciples there in the garden of gethsemane: “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation.”
* In other words, Jesus wanted them to avoid temptation. And how does Satan tempt us?
* By the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and what’s the third one, 1 John 2? and by the pride of life. And it says, “These are of the world, they are not of the Father.”
* You see? Those things do not proceed from the Father but, come from the world, the flesh, and the devil are where temptation comes from, not from God.
* Now both good and evil are within the framework of God’s allowance, and His permissive will, because God has given men free will, a choice to do evil or good.
* God didn’t make us robots, to love Him and to do right because we had no choice.
* And so God does not tempt us to do evil. Rather God’s desire is that we watch and pray and not enter into temptation.
* Now let’s look at the word temptation. Listen, close, because it’s a very important thing to stop and see what the word temptation reall means.
* The original language uses here the pirasmos. It is used over and over in the Scripture. It is a neutral word. It doesn’t mean bad, it doesn’t mean good, it is simply a test or a trial. That’s all it means.
* Now the English word temptation, is different, it means seduction to evil. But the English word temptation is not always the right translation of what the author is talking about.
* Sometimes this word is translated test, sometimes it’s translated prove, sometimes it’s translated trial, sometimes it’s translated temptation and that’s because it can be any of those things.
* The word temptation here in our text verse in verse 13 means simply a test, it is a neutral word.
* We English speaking people think of temptation as a seductive act which draws us into sin.
* But the word pirasmos here simply mean trial. Let’s read it that way. “Lead us not into trials, or tastings, but deliver us from evil.”
* Now James is assuming, and I think that it has to be assumed here, that God is not going to lead us in a temptation to sin.
* A holy, sinless, absolutely righteous God is not going to incite us to sin; He’s not going to allure us into sin.
* God is not going to tempt us into sin but He will bring things into our lives that become tests for us.
* You walk along and you pass a certain magazine, a certain book, a certain movie theater, a certain program on your television, that’s a test, that’s a test.
* It can be a test to show you your spiritual strength, or to cause you to grow, but- if you fail it turns into a temptation.
* Now this is no longer a trial that you a passing through, but when we fail a test, then our failure incites our lust and draws us into sin.
* For example, You’re fired from your job, it might be a test. How you going to handle it?
* On top of things, positive, joyous, committing this test or temptation to the Lord? If that’s how you handled the trial of temptation, then You passed!
* But in the midst of the trail Satan says to you that dirty guy that’s your boss, you ought to do everything you can to ruin his reputation, talk about him, bad mouth him, gripe, complain, say a few words to God, too, for making it tough on you!
* And Satan will be working in the trial, or, test, or temptation as well as God.
* In this same testing circumstance while God is working on you by the use of a trial, at the same time Satan is trying to “temp” you to fail the test. And there is where the English word “temptation” comes in.
* It’s kind of like Matthew 4, There the Bible says; “The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be pirazane”—to be tested.
* For God it was a test to prove His virtue, for Satan it was a temptation to destroy His virtue, you see how the paradox works?
* And so that’s the way it’s going to be in our trials as well.
* That’s why trials are valuable. You have to have them to grow. At the same time, because of the Devil, our trails also bring the potential to sin.
* Job said, “When He has tried me I shall come forth as gold,” because Job approached his trial the right way.
* James 1 says, “Count it all joy when you enter in trial because trials have their perfect work.” Peter said, “In this you rejoice that now for a little while you have to suffer various (pirasmos) trials so that the genuineness of your faith more precious than gold may rebound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
* In other words, the trial is to prove the genuine gold of your faith. That word used both in our text in Matthew 6.13, and in James 1 is the word Pirasmosis- a trial.
* God’s purpose is for good but Satan tries to turn it to evil. We see just the opposite in the life of Joseph where that the Devil intended for evil, God intended for God.
* Now let’s sum up what we are saying this morning.
* A trial is a test to prove your strength, exercise your spiritual muscle, develop your spiritual strength.
* Like God tested Abraham in the offering of Isaac, Hebrews 11:17 says. God wanted to show what a virtuous man he was, strengthen his faith but Satan wants to turn it to a temptation.
* And the cry of our test verse this morning in Matthew chapter 6 and verse 13, the verse is simply this, O God, do not lead us or allow us not to be led, cause us not to be led.
* Don’t permit us to be led into a pirasmos which becomes an irresistible temptation that we can’t handle.
* And you want to know something interesting? This means that the Lord has to work out your whole life before it ever happens, because there are certain things that you need to grow.
* But if these trials came to you at the wrong time of your life, while you were too young in the faith, you wouldn’t be able handle them; instead of growing you’d fail them.
* For example, there are certain temptations that come to me now that I never could have dealt with when I was young in the faith.
* But as I have been strengthened, and grown, I am able now to deal with more than I was then.
* So this bears out an important and comforting truth: The Lord has to then order our whole life so that at no point in our life will we ever be tempted in a situation where we do not have the strength to resist.
* So Satan and the flesh enter our trials—trials that God brings to perfect us, trials that God brings to help us to strengthen others, trials that God brings us to teach us to trust Him, trials that God brings to drive us to the word of God and to our knees.
* And into those trials comes Satan with his temptations.
So, this petition, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, is a safeguard against presumption and it’s a safeguard against a false sense of security.
* Then when you think you stand you better take heed lest you what? Fall.
1 Corinthians 10:11–13 (KJV 1900)
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
* By the way, the word into—Lead us not into—it’s an interesting word also, it’s īsin the Greek and some have compared it to the Hebrew lidah, which means into the power of or into the hands of- so that what it’s saying is—Do not cause us to be led into the hands of the trial.
* In other words, if the trial is around us that’s one thing, but don’t let us get into the hands of that trial, that’s when it becomes a temptation.
* In other words, as long as we’re in the boat the sea can churn all it wants; just keep us in the boat.
* Don’t let us get into the sea or we’ll drown. Don’t let us get caught in the vortex of the trial; keep us in Your hands in the midst of that trial.
* By the way, Jesus Himself prayed the same prayer in John 17:15 when He said to the Father, “Father I ask not that You take them out of the world but that while they’re in the world You keep them from the evil one.”
* Jesus prayed father, Don’t let them fall into the hands of or into the power of the evil one!
* Martin Luther said, “We cannot help being exposed to the assaults, but we pray that we may not fall and perish under them.” end quote.
* And that’s the essence of our verse this morning.
* It’s a prayer for God to defend us when He tests us so Satan and the flesh do not turn His test into temptation, which become irresistible and draw us into lust, lust into sin.
* Now, how do we deal with temptation it in the middle of the trial?
* When we begin to feel temptation coming, here we are in the trial, somebody’s died, we’ve lost a beloved one, lost a job, angry at our wife or kids, conflicts in relationships, upset with the church, whatever it is we’re in a trial, financial, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual, we’re in this trial and we’re saying—
* Alright, Lord, this is a growing time and Satan begins to hit at us and want to make us bitter and angry and so how do we deal with it?
* I think James 4:7 gives us a simple answer. We don’t have time to go into it in detail, I want to wrap up our thoughts, but in James 4:7 it says this; “Submit yourselves, therefore, to God.”
* Submit yourselves therefore to God? Now how do you do that?
* What do you mean submit to God?
* Well, that means get under God’s Lordship.
* Well, what does that mean?
* That means if I’m going to submit to God and to His Lordship then that means I’m going to do what God says.
* What does it mean to submit to God then?
* It means to live in submission to biblical principles.
* James just quoted in verse 5. “Do you think the Scripture saith in vain?” Talking about the Scriptures.
* Submit yourselves therefore to God. How has God self-disclosed Himself to us?
* How has God revealed the principles of His Lordship?
* How has God manifested that which He wants us to do- by His word!
* And so as we enter into a situation of a trial, what we do then is we begin to order our responses to that trial according to the principles of the word of God.
* And that’s how we submit to God.
* And as we order our life according to the principles of the Word of God, we find that in that way we resist the devil. And then the Devil will do what? Flee!
* And that My friend is exactly what Jesus did when He was temped of the Devil in the wilderness- He quoted the Word of God to the Devil each time!
* That’s a great truth isn’t it?
* Submitting to God isn’t some untouchable, intangible, hard to apprehend thing, it’s not some spaced-out emotional trauma!
* Submitting to God is ordering your life to respond in accord with the biblical revelation of God’s will.
* And so in the midst of the trial I say—O God, I need Your strength infused in me and I submit to the truths of Your word!
* And my responses and my attitudes and my actions and my thoughts and my deeds are all in submission to Your word.
* You can pray to submit to God all you want, but until you get your life ordered according to God’s Word, it isn’t going to do any good to pray that way.
* You can say—I submit to You, Lord, protect me—and just keep on sinning and just keep on wrongly reacting and you’re violating the very thing you’re asking for.
* Submitting to God is to submit to His word. It is His word that trims off the succor branches in John 15 where Jesus says that He is the vine and He prunes everyone who is in Him.
* It is God’s Word that is hidden in our hearts, that we might not sin against God!
* It is His word that is the sword that defends us against the attack, in Ephesians 6!
* And so that’s what Jesus is saying in our text in Matthew chapter 6 and verse 13:
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
* Jesus is saying “How are we going to be delivered in the midst of the trial? By submitting to God.”
* And as we submit to the truths of His word and take up the sword of God and begin to put it into use in our lives then in that manner we resist the devil and he flees.
* And that trial stays a trial and it never becomes an irresistible temptation.
* What is this petition saying, beloved? Listen now, I want you to get it.
* It faces the danger of living in a cursed world where we are being battered by evil around us.
* It confesses our inadequacy to deal with that evil. It confesses the weakness of our flesh. It confesses the absolute lack of human resource.
* It takes into account the fact that we are impotent and it demands the protection of a loving Father as we submit to His word.\
* In First Corinthians 10:1 the Bible says “Don’t do it in your own strength,” verse 12, “therefore let him that thinketh he stand take heed lest he fall.”
* Then the following verse, verse 13 says, “There hath no (pirasmos, no trial and no temptation from Satan) but such as is common to man.”
* You’re not going to get a trial from God that’s sort of super human.
* You’re not going to get one that isn’t one that everybody else doesn’t have.
* And in the midst of your trail, God will be faithful. Do you know that, in every trial, God is faithful?
* He has promised never to leave you, never to forsake you and He is faithful.
* I’m so glad, aren’t you glad God didn’t say,—You know you’re going to have a lot of trials in life and I’m going to try to hit about one out of ten of them for you.
* That would be pretty bad.
* He says—I’m faithful; I’ll be there in every one of them.
* God is faithful. He will not allow you to ever be tried or tested or tempted, above what you are able. Never.
* You can never say—Well, it was too much for me. He’ll never allow that and He will always with that trial make the way out!
* And you know what the only way out of a trial is? The only way out of a trail is through it.
* You’ve got to go through the trial like a tunnel. The way out is through.
* If you get derailed into a temptation and sin you’ve failed the intention of the trai.
* The way out is through, in order that you may be able to endure it.
* What does that say? God never ever, ever allows a trial that is more than you can handle.
* That’s the promise behind the request. Lead us not into trials but deliver us from the evils—or the evil one.” The flesh or the devil.
* And He says—Alright! I will never let you be tempted above what your able to resist.
* In other words, we’re only laying claim to a promise and if we meet the condition we have the right to lay claim to the promise.
* What is the condition? Submit to the principles of God’s Word.
* When the Devil approaches us in the midst of our trials to tempt us, to cause us to sin by doubting the faithfulness of God, James says the Devil will flee from us because we are not fighting him in the power of our flesh, but the Might power of the Word of God!
* We have now completed our verse by verse study of the Lord’s Prayer. What have we learned in this prayer?
* We have learned that all that we need from the Father is available to us.
* First God put God in His rightful place that’s the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer…
* And second, and then, when we bring all our needs to Him, the Father will meet those needs according to the Fathers wonderful eternal supply.
Let’s pray together.
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