May 12, 2019
The Lord’s Prayer: Part 3
This week, Pastor David continued walking through The Lord’s Prayer, specifically God’s provision, God’s pardon and God’s protection.
- Consider your everyday experiences. How are you recognizing God’s daily provision in your life? Are you living as though he is a necessary part of your life? Are you asking him to provide for you daily walking in obedience and reliance on him?
- Think about the difference between covering and absolving. Praise the Lord for his pardon in your life that not only covers your sins, but also casts them as far as the east is from the west.
- Are you living as someone whose sin has been cast out and forgotten by the God of the universe, or are you living as someone who is working to earn forgiveness?
- Consider the unique ways that you’re tempted in your life. What are you doing to guard against the enemy? How do you respond to temptation?
- Pastor David gave three ways that we can respond to temptation: the Word of God, prayer, and community. Are you taking advantage of the escape routes that God has given you from temptation? In what ways can you be more guarded against temptation?
In your time with God this week:
Recognize the ways in which God provides for you daily and praise Him for those. Discipline yourself to ask daily for God’s provision in light of your dependence on him.
Praise God for his pardon on your life. Spend time with the reality of God’s removing your sin as far as the east is from the west.
Ask God to help you in your temptations, not only when you’re in the midst of them but also as you’re preparing for them. Think about the ways that you can respond to temptation and be ready to respond.
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil'.” Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)
"Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him." - Matthew 6:8
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:8-12
"Let no one say when he is tempted, ' I am being tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one." James 1:13
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
"Let us pray, therefore, that we be delivered from testing, not so that we should not be tested, but so that we should not be overcome when we are tested." - Origen
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive an unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors..." C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
"...and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints." Ephesians 6:17-18
Watch this week’s sermon at www.dawsonchurch.org/SOTM