Lord’s Prayer 4: Lead us Not Into Temptation, Deliver Us From Evil

March 26, 2015

This is part of an ongoing series on the Cornerstone Confirmation Curriculum we are developing at First Trinity Lutheran Church. (Main Confirmation Page)

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God always provides a way out when we are tempted. He also is our defense against all evil.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Read James 1:13-14

  • Underline: God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
  • Circle: each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
  • Margin: God doesn’t tempt me.

Read 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

  • Underline: he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
  • Margin: God helps me resist temptation.

Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

  • Underline: Both Verses
  • Margin: God is with me.

Read James 1:2-3

  • Underline: that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
  • Margin: Temptation makes us stronger.

God is good and can only give good to His people. Sometimes we struggle with why God would then tempt us with bad things. The truth, however, is that God does not tempt us. Rather, as James said, we are tempted by the devil and our own evil desires. Yet while God allows us to be tempted, he restrains the Devil in a way that always allows us to resist the temptation. We take courage in the fact that Jesus Himself faced every temptation that we do, and yet resisted them. We know that God walks with us through the temptation and refines and molds our faith through the process.

Deliver us from evil

Read Proverbs 18:10

  • Underline: The name of the LORD is a strong tower
  • Margin: The Lord protects.

Read 2 Thessalonians 3:3

  • Underline: Entire Verse
  • Margin: The Lord protects.

Read John 17:14-15

  • Underline: My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
  • Margin: We will be attacked, but God protects.

God is oftentimes referred to in the Bible as our protector. He is a strong tower, a mighty fortress, our deliver. And so here we call upon God to protect us from all evil. Jesus tells us that we will in fact have trouble in this world. He didn’t ask God to remove us from this evil world, but rather that God would protect us as we live in this world.

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