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The Lord's Prayer Part 5: And Do No Lead Us Into Temptaion

This can be a confusing part of the Lord’s Prayer… “Do not lead us into temptation…”    To some it gives the connotation that God would actually lead us into temptation but that would be in conflict with James 1:12-15 12:   “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the LORD has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” Did you know being tempted is not a sin?    It is giving into the temptation that is. This makes it quite clear that God does not tempt anyone or lead them into temptation but what tempts us is our own evil desire. Clearly God does not tempt us. So what does this mean?

The Lord's Prayer Part 4: And Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against us.

This may be one of the most misunderstood verses in this prayer.    Millions upon millions of people have prayed this prayer sincerely, but have missed the true meaning.    The reason, is that we are eager to ask for forgiveness for our trespasses (sins), but ignore the meaning of the next portion, “As we forgive those who trespass against us.”    As with most all of God’s promises there are conditions.    The word “ as ” brings in a conditional situation as does the words “ but ” and “ if ” that we see in other passages of the Bible.     In this text the Lord offers us His wonderful gift of forgiveness for our sinful trespasses that we have done,   but , on the condition we forgive others for what they have done to us. Later in Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus clarifies this by saying, “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.”    What He is say

The Lord's Prayer Part 3: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11 is a very important verse for us to have a greater understanding. It admits our need of God for all our provision, not just for bread.  The temptation, often subtle, when living in a nation like America where food is so plentiful  and there are literally multi-tons of it wasted and thrown out daily, is to develop an independent and self-sufficient attitude of pride and arrogance.  Even the poorest, “down and outer” is eligible for all sorts of welfare programs, food stamps, Christian soup kitchens, shelters, etc.  available for free. The point that Jesus is bringing to us is that we must not fail to recognize God as the source of all our needs.  Even more importantly, is that we would continue to recognize Him as the source of “all good gifts.”  (James 1:17).    Whatever the need we may have, we can have assurance that we can approach God for these things.  Some people are very reluctant to ask God for their particular needs

The Lord's Prayer Part 2: Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven

  How often have we prayed “Thy Kingdom come” and not understood what we are really praying?  Wait a minute! We live in a republic not a kingdom. Aren’t kingdoms kind of going obsolete around the world?  No, this kingdom is God’s kingdom, He is the King and of His Kingdom there shall be no end!  Each time we pray this we are praying for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and for Him to establish His Kingdom on earth-as it is in Heaven.  This is very important for us to understand.  For those who are skeptical, consider the accuracy of the Bible.  In the Old Testament there are about 300 scriptures foretelling the first coming of Jesus Christ, which is historically verified.  Now, what are the odds that all of them have come to pass? However, there are over 2400 in the Old and New Testament that speak of His Second Coming and they too will all come to pass.  Thy Kingdom Come soon! The second portion of this verse of the Lord’s Prayer gives us a lot of needed understanding, for it