Pray Like Jesus: Week Six
Pray Like Jesus: Week Six
- Abiding – spending time in the presence of God starts the process and leads to everything else
- Last week –reminder of who we are before God leads to restored relationship with others. (there are boundaries needed in some cases)
Matthew 6:9–14 (NIV) 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Daily reset — Abiding
- God wants a daily Father/child relationship with you –and to remember what you have with Him –Worship sets the stage for everything else
- God wants you to surrender to His will because it was what you need and were made for
- God wants you to trust Him with your needs – reject your fears –your flesh –
- God wants you to have grace filled relationships with Humans because you were made for them
Conclusion of series –all of this leads to
- A changed heart, –repentance
- An awareness of vulnerability –humility
- Temptation because of Our flesh, culture
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
- An alertness to the enemy –He is a liar looking for weakness and opportunity
- God wants you/us aware and alert – aware of your spiritual surroundings – Resist the enemy’s schemes and choose to do Gods will in your life!!!
- What does Jesus want us to know about the battle with the enemy?
- There is a battle and an enemy -As we walk with God into the world –we recognize there is a war and we are in it –alertness –awareness
- Peer pressure from the culture
- The Spiritual enemy –a spiritual being with ill intent
1 Peter 5:8–10 (NIV) 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
John 8:44 (NIV) 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
- A dependence upon God for power, protection, and direction –Gods part
- A choice –our part (mine—and us) Lead us not into temptation
- God will allow us to experience testing/temptation (He allows the devil to tempt) but will provide a way out of temptation
- Testing and temptation are the same word
- What is the difference between testing and tempted
- Testing reveals and purifies — is a refining process – a revealing process so we will press in more –testing results in character – resilience
Proverbs 4:26–27 (NIV) 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
James 1:2–4 (NIV) 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:12–15 (NIV) 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
God provides boundaries for the enemy –we will not be tempted beyond our ability
1 Corinthians 10:11–13 (NIV) 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 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.
Deliver us from evil —God gives us protection we must intentionally incorporate — The Word, The People of God, Disciples walk in discipline – making choices
- The ability to resist –The biblical armor we must put on
- We are not passive – Be strong –put on –stand firm –be alert
- Writing to the Lord’s people – shoulder to shoulder –back-to-back
- Take captive every thought
- We are capable of giving in tomorrow to what we resisted today –I am vulnerable, but pride says I am not and leads me into an ambush
James 4:7–10 2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (NIV) Ephesians 6:10–18 (NIV)
Conclusion of series:
God wants you/us aware and alert – aware of your spiritual surroundings – The enemies’ schemes and choose to do Gods will in your life!!!
As we go into this next series – Who we are aspiring to be – are you armored up? Are you one who helps others stay armored up?
For Small Group Discussion (this would be a great week to do a men’s/women’s breakout!)
Opening Question: What is a purchase you are “tempted” to make currently? How many items are currently in your Amazon cart?
Main Point: God doesn’t tempt us, but He does allow temptation in our lives. Temptation is not the enemy; it tests our faith and can strengthen us if we respond correctly.
Main Scripture: Matthew 6:13
- What are a few biblical examples of someone resisting temptation well? What is a biblical example of someone submitting themself to temptation and/or giving in?
- What is the difference between temptation and trials? How can trials be valuable to your faith?
- What strategy do you think the enemy uses to introduce temptation into your life? What false promise does the enemy try to allure you with?
- What things in your life tend to be triggers for temptation? When stress and anxiety are present and what coping mechanisms do you utilize?
- Do you tend to dance around the line of temptation, or run from it?
- How do you actively avoid temptation in your own life?
Additional Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:13, Psalm 5:8, Psalm 141:4
Tips and Resources: https://www.gotquestions.org/lead-us-not-into-temptation.html
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