THE MODEL PRAYER
Matthew 6:13 - Part 5
by Cooper P Abrams III - *All rights reserved
2. This model prayer was also unlike the prayers of the pagans religions that were characterized by vain rituals, babbling of phrases and chants. They intended to badger their god into a response or to impress him with their vain praise and oralitory. Prayer for them did not come from the heart, nor was it personal, nor did they have a personal relationship with their false non-existent gods.
3. Even a Christian can find himself praying prayers of hypocrisy and repeating mechanically mouthed religious phrases. That is if ones heart is not right.
5. We are not if we pray after this manner correctly, badgering God selfishly.
He has already promised to lead and guide us. We are lead of the Holy Spirit.
You see the prayer is for our benefit not God. We learn as we pray, it teaches us to be dependent on the Lord.
2. The sinner who is truly saved, whose past sins are forgiven, longs to be delivered from present sin and temptation.
3. The true child of God, loves the Lord Jesus Christ.....That love is manifested in a present hate of sin in his or her life. He realizes he can show sincerely love of Christ by not sinning now.
Christ suffered for every sin ever commented by man. That means the sin you commit today, Christ suffered for you over 2000 years ago!
4. Folks sin in a believers life abuses God! It mocks the suffering of Jesus. It caused him great suffering. 1 Corinthians 11:29 speaks of those who participated in taking the Lord's Supper unworthily. It says these people are not "discerning" of the Lord's body. That means they have not regard for the suffering their sins caused the Lord Jesus. This is a serious matter with God and He said in the Corinthian church some were sin and others had died under the chasten hand of God. Hebrews 12:6 says, "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."
2. Some might refer to James 1:2, "Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations"
In Matthew 6:13 the word "temptation" is the same word used in James 1:2. Both use the same Greek word, "perasmos" (pe-ras-mos) and mean " a putting to proof by experiment of good" It can means to do good or evil. The context tells us if it is a reference to good or evil.
Is then the Model Prayer contradicting James 1:2?
The answer is No. Trials are to be viewed as an opportunity to glorify the Lord, It is a test of our faithfulness and love of God.
It reveals our true spiritual condition. They are opportunities to grow.
David in Psalm 141:4 prayed to God, "Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity."
Barnes says, "This phrase, then, must be used in the sense of permitting. Do not suffer us, or permit us, to be tempted to sin. In this it is implied that God has such control over us and the tempter, as to save us from it if we call upon him."
In one system I designed for Firestone, they accepted my design and someone else installed it my design. They liked the design, but were involved with Honeywell Corporation with which the system had to be intergraded. They asked us to use my design and offer other contacts to compensate our company. We always responded to the challenge and folks we never really failed anyone. The more difficult the task, the more we learned how to overcome the problems. The next jobs, we were better able handle. It was old stuff to us. It gave us an edge over our competitors and the company grew to one of the largest in the state.
2. Second trails are part of the Christians life because the help us to grow and mature. The principle is that, "The trying of your faith works patience" (James 1:3)
3. So this petition in the prayer is not asking the Lord not to tempt us but that he might deliver us from trails.
4. The second phrase of this verse interprets the the second. "Deliver us from evil."
2. You see verse 13, admits possible failure of verse 12. 3. We are saying to the Lord, "Dear Lord, I have failed and I have had to pray for forgiveness so many times. Please help me to overcome my sin and failures."
2. Being tempted does not mean we have no out but to sin.
"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". (1 Corinthians 10:13)
3. It has been said that "Temptation is an opportunity to do wrong, but not a license to give in."
If the believer were not sinning and continually repenting of the sin, Satan would have no power over the believer.
Think about what makes a believer weak? A practice of sin, of not being committed wholly to the Lord, of allowing other things to be more important than living our lives for Him, for not giving Him preeminence in our lives, of not being faithful. An attitude of complacency toward the Lord, a lack of discipline will destroy our relationship with the Lord. In other words the believer knows it is wrong to sin, but likes it so well he does it anyway. Other things are more important to Him.
I think a good test is this: What will keep you from worship, from faithfulness, from prayer....these things are trials that are overcoming you.
Like the effects of a drug. You know it will harm you, but you continue to do it.
"Abstain from all appearance of evil." (1 Thess. 5:22)
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
We must also understand that by just fighting the Devil and temptation you will not overcome the trials, nor live for the Lord.
Paul in his Epistles tells us that fighting sin is only half the battle. He expresses it by telling us also to replace the sin with faithfulness to the Lord.
Ephesians 4:24 "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Colossians 3:10 "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."
Colossians 3:12 "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering."
Colossians 3:14 "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."
3. God will not violate your will. If you chose to sin, then you give Satan a chance to lead you.
If you are spiritual, love God and seek to live for the Lord, you will resist sin, and Satan can not touch you. He can not make you sin if you don't want too.
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak". (Matthew 26:41)
Be watchful and prayerful, to keep yourself from the temptation to sin, if you are not tempted or have occasion you are not likely to sin.
B. Paul cries out loud, "What a wretched man I am, who will rescue me from this body of death?"
Answer: "Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ my Lord".
C. Through Peter the Lord tells us, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:6-7)
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Prayer Is A Wonderful Median That God Uses To Help Us.
Do You Really Try To Overcome Sin?
Do You Accept The Challenge? Do You See Temptation As An Opportunity To Bring Glory To The Lord?
Do You See Abstaining From Even The Appearance Of Evil, As Showing Your Love For The Lord.
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