Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

How the Saints of God Should Pray, Part 13 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 497 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 864 since Jan. 1, 2016)



TEXT: Matthew 6:9-13

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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On yesterday, we talked about the importance of taking seriously Jesus’s command to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We all will face temptation, and God has promised that, if we look to Him, He will provide a way of escape. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Regarding this element of the Lord’s Prayer, Charles Spurgeon said: “The man who is really forgiven, is anxious not to offend again; the possession of justification leads to an anxious desire for sanctification. When we pray, ‘Forgive us our debts,’ that is justification. When we pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,’ that is sanctification in its negative and positive forms.”

As sanctified children of God, our desire should be to not have any part in the works of the devil — and that includes the possibility of the works of the devil as presented to us via temptation. However, since we face that possibility every day, our “backup request” is, “Lord, when I am faced with temptation, deliver me from it. Give me the grace and the power of your Holy Spirit to say ‘no.'” John MacArthur says that this prayer speaks “of a heart desire and inclination that causes a believer to want to avoid the danger and trouble sin creates. It is the expression of the redeemed soul that so despises and fears sin that it wants to escape all prospects of falling into it, choosing to avoid rather than having to defeat temptation.”

Another thing we must note about the word “temptation” is that it does not solely represent the appeal of sin. The very same word used for temptation in the Lord’s Prayer is used elsewhere in the New Testament when the Bible speaks of trials or tests. For example, James 1:2-3 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” So, what do you do when you are facing a trial? Is it right for us to pray that God deliver us from our trials even though we know that trials often strengthen us, purify us, and help us learn valuable spiritual lessons?

When we are facing a trial, we ought to pray as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is all right to express your desire that you be delivered from the trial if possible. But you must, at the same time, submit your will to God’s and leave everything in His hands. Jesus Christ prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me,” but He also prayed, “Yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

Whether you are facing a temptation from the devil or a test from God, you can always go to our Heavenly Father in prayer for deliverance. No matter how difficult it may seem to resist temptation, and no matter how difficult it may seem to endure a trial, if you lean on God through prayer, He promises to carry you through. The hymn “Yield Not to Temptation” expresses this timeless message:

Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus — He’ll carry you through.

Shun evil companions, bad language disdain;
God’s name hold in rev’rence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kind-hearted and true;
Look ever to Jesus — He’ll carry you through.

To him that o’er-cometh God giveth a crown;
Thru faith we will conquer tho often cast down
He who is our Savior our strength will renew
Look ever to Jesus — He’ll carry you through.

Ask the Savior to help you,
comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you —
He will carry you through.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.