Some versions of this verse say, 'lead us not into temptation.' The original Greek word for temptation can also be translated trials. It could refer to either temptations or difficult situations. Jesus prayed that God would save him from the trial of being hung on a cross if it was possible.
James 1:13 says, Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others.
James 1:2-3 says, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
These verses in James also use the same Greek word, which translates and temptation and trial, as in Matthew 6. Regardless of whether these verses are referring to being tempted by sin or tried by difficult circumstances, the fact remains that God doesn't test or tempt us, that's just part of living in a fallen world. When we are tempted and tested it tests our faith and helps us to persevere.
The second part of the verse is a request to be delivered from the Evil One, his temptations, power and influence.
Jesus taught us to ask for forgiveness but he reminded us that we have to forgive others too. The Bible makes it very clear that forgiving others is a prerequisite for receiving forgiveness. Matthew 6:14-15 says, If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. These verses are very clear. YOU MUST FORGIVE OTHERS IF YOU WANT GOD TO FORGIVE YOU.
We live in a cancel culture where if you offend or upset someone, you're cancelled out. Here are some more verses from the Bible about forgiveness:
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when someone won’t stop doing wrong to me, how many times must I forgive them? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive them more than seven times. You must continue to forgive them even if they do wrong to you seventy-seven times.
Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ.
Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other.
God has generously forgiven us when we didn't deserve it and we should generously forgive others when they don't deserve it.
Jesus said to pray for the food you will eat, or your daily bread as some versions say, which probably refers to everything we need to survive - food, shelter, clothing, water... When Jesus taught this, people were paid day by day for the work they did that day. There was no sick leave, worker's compensation or holidays. If you didn't work that day, you probably didn't eat that day.
We are told to pray about these things but also, not to worry about them. Matthew 6:25-26 says, Don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are? God looks after the birds and you're much more important than them, so how much more will he look after you!
Psalm 16:5 says, Lord, you give me all that I need.
Psalm 145:16 You open your hands and give every living thing all that it needs.
God cares about our needs and invites us to pray about them.
We pray that your kingdom will come — that what you want will be done here on earth, the same as in heaven.
When he said, we pray that your kingdom will come, Jesus was praying:
Then he prayed that God's will would be done, what he wants will be done on earth, just like it is in heaven. We spend most of our lives trying to do and get what we want, but being a Christian means pursuing and chasing after what God wants instead. In Psalm 40:8 David said, I desire to do your will, my God. When you become a Christian, God gives you new desires - to love and please him. However, what you feed grows, so if you feed the human nature, you will be led by those desires. If you feed the spirit, God will give you a desire to do his will. You feed the spirit you read and study God's word, memorise scripture, pray, fast...
Psalm 37:4 says, Do what the Lord wants, and he will give you your heart’s desire. That doesn't mean that if you do what God wants he will give you a brand new car or new phone you want. If you do what God wants, he will give you what you want if it lines up with his will.
CHALLENGE: Pray that God would give you a desire to do his will.
Jesus gave us an example of how to pray in Matthew chapter six which is commonly known as The Lord's Prayer. Verse 9 says So this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy. The first part of this verse instructs us to address God as 'our Heavenly Father.' We don't have to address him formally as you would a king or queen, but rather as our heavenly Dad. What a privilege to address the creator of the universe as our father.
The second part of the verse means, may your name be kept holy, celebrated, glorified, revered and praised. It is effectively saying, 'God, we give praise you. We want our lives to glorify you.'
The first two important aspects of prayer from this verse are:
Challenge: Are there things in your life that don't glorify God? Bring them to God and ask him to help you live a life that honours him.
Prayer has typically been portrayed as something you do on your knees with your hands fastened in front of you and your eyes closed but this isn't the only way you can pray. Kneeling is a symbol of respect but the attitude of respect is more important than your posture when you pray. No one is quite sure where the palms pressed together or hands clasped originated from, possibly to keep you from fiddling. There is no mention in the Bible about closing your eyes during prayer, though this too could prevent you from looking around and getting distracted. In John 17:1 it says, After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed. It's hard to look toward heaven with your eyes closed.
When you pray, kneeling, closing your eyes, bowing your head and clasping your hands are not important. God looks at your heart, not your physical posture.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.