The Lord's Prayer - Lead Us Not Into Temptation.
(March 2013 - Week 5)
(1). Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
(2). Mark 14:37 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
(3). 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
(4). Luke 22:31-32 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
(5). It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were of no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer; whilst the truth is, in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer is to continue praying; for the less we read the word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray. [George Muller]
(6). Prayer thought: Don’t be surprised at our being tempted. Pray to deal with our weak flesh. Know that Jesus is interceding for us.
The Lord's Prayer - Forgive Our Debts.
(March 2013 - Week 4)
(1). Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven
(2). Matthew 13:32-35 "Then the master called the servant in. 'You
wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because
you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow
servant just as I had on you?' 34 In anger his master handed him over
to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35
"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you
forgive your brother or sister from your heart."
(3). Luke 7:46 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--
as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little
(4). “Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the
sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for
more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive
him....Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness....And so
I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our
goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His. When He tells
us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love
itself.” [Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place].”
(5). Prayer thought: The penalty for my debt to God would be an
eternity in the lake of fire. Am I willing to pray for someone to pay
that same penalty for his or her debt to me? Or do I pray for God’s
love to cancel that person’s penalty even as God’s love cancelled my
The Lord's Prayer - Our Daily Bread.
(March 2013 - Week 3)
(1). Matthew 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.
(2). Exodus 16:4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread
from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather
enough for that day.”
(3). John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who
comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will
never be thirsty.”
(4). Matthew 6:31-33 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or
‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans
run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you
need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all
these things will be given to you as well.
(5). “When we pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," we are, in
a measure, shutting tomorrow out of our prayer. We do not
live in tomorrow but in today. We do not seek tomorrow's
grace or tomorrow's bread. They thrive best, and get most
out of life, who live in the living present. They pray best who
pray for today's needs, not for tomorrow's, which may render
our prayers unnecessary and redundant by not existing at
all!” [E.M. Bounds]
(6). Prayer Thought: We know how to give thanks in prayer for
physical bread/food. We don’t always give thanks for the
daily bread of what God is speaking to us or wants to
reveal through us. Let us continually ask God for what
bread he wants to give, today!
The Lord's Prayer - Your Kingdom on Earth.
(March 2013 - Week 2)
(1). Matthew 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it
is in heaven.
(2). Psalm 145:10-13 All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful
people extol you. 11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak
of your might, 12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts and
the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting
kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD
is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
(3). Luke 12:30-31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to
you as well. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been
pleased to give you the kingdom.
(4). “Christ makes Heaven the standard for God's will to be done on Earth.
What a high ideal is this! What power it would take to bring such a thing
about! Nothing short of the Kingdom of God pulling down strongholds,
overthrowing bastions of deeply entrenched sin, and then conquering this
present world in such a way as to establish righteousness – nothing short
of such things as these can meet the standard that Christ sets before
us.” [Geoff Bannister]
(5). Prayer Thought: God is willing to do his work according to his standard
in heaven, not ours from the earth. Our desire is to pray for his kingdom
and will on earth, not man's nor ours.
Praying as Christ Taught us to Pray.
The Lord's Prayer - Our Father in Heaven.
(March 2013 - Week 1)
(1). Matthew 6: 9 This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in
(2). Deuteronomy 4:39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that
the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
There is no other.
(3). Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love
(4). Matthew 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven.
(5). “We knew our Father. There was no need for persuasion.
Would not His Fatherliness be longing to give us our hearts'
desire (if I may put it so)? How could we press Him as though
He were not our own most loving Father?” [Amy Wilson-
Carmichael, a Protestant Christian missionary in India]
(6). Prayer thought: Jesus came not only preaching that the
kingdom of heaven was at hand, but he also introduced our
Father, who rules both heaven and earth. Do we have
confidence to pray from our relationship as sons and daughters
of the Father?