“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
Clearnote Indy, Adult Sunday School
1. “Lead us not into temptation”
Why do we have to pray this?
– Does God lead us into temptation?
– Are we praying, “Don’t be evil, God”? -> Disrespectful?
Why doesn’t God keep us from all temptation?
– Some say “He’s doing the best He can” (God and the devil are equal)
– Others, “He can’t go against free will” (but “The king’s heart is as water…” Prov 21:1)
Does God simply “allow” us to be tempted?
More than that: He leads men into it sometimes
Tempts men? No (James 1:13)
Takes back His restraining hand
“Gives us over”
Romans 1:22-26, 28
“…to be taught not to blaspheme”, 1 Tim 1:3, 18-20
To repentance, or to destruction
When we pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” we pray that we will not be so hardened in our sin that God gives us over to it
We’re praying for a living conscience – that we would be quick to repent.
“God forbid that I should be so hardhearted!”
King David teaches the same: Psalm 19:12b-14
2. “Deliver us from evil”
2.1. There is evil in the world
Not just fate or bad luck
Satan is real
Have you ever set your mind to fight against some sin, and it seemed like all hell broke loose?
The unbeliever has not begun to fight
– Exhibits no opposition to sin
– Poses no threat to the forces of darkness
Psalm 73:1-9, 12-18
2.2. We must desire the destruction of evil
“O King, deliver us!…”
– Us: “…but be nice…” (We actually don’t approve of the destruction of evil)
– The enemy: out for our souls
No false humility: “I’m too good to pray for the destruction of evil”
We’re all pomo (postmodern – think everything is about us)
– “Who am I to pray that the power of evil be thwarted?”
– Sons of the King!
– David – psalms, “Deliver me in my righteousness” – praying that the sons of the king be saved, that the line of the Messiah be preserved and that God follow through on His promises
2.3. We should not pray for persecution to come
In times of persecution, God’s people are tempted to abandon Him for earthly gain
The Lord teaches us to pray that God not lead us into temptation, and that He deliver us from evil, not into it
We should not have guilty consciences when the Lord spares us from persecution
– If you know some good that you should do, do it!
– Trust God to decide if difficult times are necessary
2.4. When we pray, “Deliver us from evil,” the context is battle
Are you resisting the moving of the Holy Spirit?
– Sins you hold dear
– Secret sins
– Pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” be afraid of willful sin – repent!
Have you started fighting your sin and you find the hosts of hell arranged around you?
– Pray “Deliver us from evil”
God delights to answer the prayers of His children.