Lead us, Deliver us – Lord’s Prayer Matt 6:13

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Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. This verse is from Matthew 6:13, part of the Lord’s Prayer. (Part 3 of The Lord’s Prayer Series).

Leadership

I love how this part of the Lord’s Prayer absolutely assumes that God is leading us. It reminds me of that verse in Exodus: “In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.” Or, the psalm, “You are my shepherd.”

Lately I have been reading a book on thankfulness, based around 1 Thes 5:18 “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” The book suggests thankfulness for even ugly situations, like my own crummy attitude. This kind of thankfulness presupposes that the situation can be used by God to develop His goals for my life and bring Him glory. It presupposes His leadership in every rag tag area of my life, not just the good things or just the things that working out as I had planned.

Deliverance

Our best defense against evil is a right relationship with God. A committed heart to God. “Let those who love the Lord hate evil.
For he guards the lives of his faithful ones.” Ps. 97:10

Every day I pray for guidance, to be on the right path, that the path will be lit before me. The path feels narrow and very little is lit ahead of me, but God has the future in His hands. I don’t need to know the details of the future, my job is to trust the future to Him.

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Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

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Give Us Today – Lord’s Prayer Matt 6:11-12

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“Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This verse is from Matthew 6:11 and 12, part of the Lord’s prayer. (Part 3 of the Lord’s Prayer Series)

In the early verses of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to center our minds and hearts on God, on his majesty and on his purposes. And now we are at the part where we can lay out our resource and relationship needs before God. This part is not a free for all, to ask for whatever our minds can imagine, but rather a time to make the requests that will help us to do the work he has assigned us to do, in the context of the other verses.

Give us Today: Resources

Daily bread sounds so necessary and down to earth, and certainly our daily physical needs are part of what God wants us to ask for. Bread also has strong spiritual overtones in the Bible, all the way from the manna from heaven to the time when Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life. (John 6:35). Part of the resources we need to ask for is grace sufficient for day, to bring us closer to the heart of God and align our hearts and minds with the things that God wants for us.

Give us Today: Relationships

The Lord is very much for reconciliation between himself and each of us, and in our daily relationships. This verse is making is clear that we are expected to be forgiving towards each other as we continue to ask for forgiveness from God.

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Give us today our daily bread, forgives us our debts as we also have forgive our debtors Matt 6:11,12

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Path of Life Psalms 16

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