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Prayer - What to ask for

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We approach God in two ways: The Table and Throne

We pray for God’s Name to be treated as Holy

We pray for God’s Kingdom to come

We pray for God’s Will to be done

We ask for our physical biological needs

We ask for our Spiritual needs

First, for our own forgiveness and forgiving

Basics of the Pasage

Matthew 6:13 ESV
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Notice a few things:
The conjunction But connects these two phrases into ONE petition. And it is a totally contrary Conjunction. the strongest one you can have in Greek. So you can’t understand lead me not into temptation, without understanding deliver us from evil.
The main words of each phrase are Lead Not and Deliver. These words are aimed at God himself. God lead me not. And God deliver me instead.

Meaning of the Passage

Lead us
is used in about 8 places
it means to lead, bring, brought.
The idea of carrying something from one place to another place.
Illustration: remember the story of the 4 men who wanted to bring their friend to Jesus for him to heal? The text in says they were seeking to bring him in…but finding no way to bring him in.
Deliver
Deliver as in rescue.
Paul uses the idea of being rescued from the lion’s Mouth
2 Timothy 4:17 ESV
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
Peter uses Rescue in
2 Peter 2:7 ESV
and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
Potential Contradiction
James 1:13–15 ESV
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
The same Root Greek Word is used in James and Matthew. So that doesn’t answer the question.
This passage helps us see the SOURCE of Temptation
Our prayer is a begging for deliverance from situations and affections that would entice the SOURCE of Temptation

Summary

Why should we ask that we may be kept from evil? For the great and wonderful reason that our fellowship with God may never be broken. If a man merely wants to be holy a such, there is something wrong with him. Our supreme desire should be to have a right relationship with God, to know Him, to have uninterrupted fellowship and communion with Him. That is why we pray this pray, that nothing may come between us and the brightness and the radiance and the glory of our Father which is in heaven. (Lloyd-Jones)
We are tempted to sin by our own desires in our own heart, and sometimes Satan or demons are involved in this.
So we should pray that God would keep us from circumstances, situations, affections, and desires that would entice the sin in our own hearts.
Mark 14:38 ESV
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Suggestions about Prayer

Suggestions about Prayer

On the whole, pray through this model in your time of prayer
On the whole, pray through this model in your time of prayer
Recognize that intercession is really left out of this model but is still necessary.
We should pray every day.
Do whatever you have to in order to fight the fatigue and distraction in praying
Keep a list for intercession

Discussion

How does relate to what Jesus is teaching here in the Model Prayer?
How often do you think we need to pray such a prayer? Why do you think that?
How does this challenge your current practice in praying
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