Trust and Temptation

The Hidden Purpose of Temptations

In preparing for this message I was amazed at how tightly trust and temptation are tied together. And then I was astounded to see that God has a purpose in temptations that is beyond anything I’d ever considered.

And here is the full list of diagnostic questions we saw in the Lord’s Prayer of the last four weeks’ messages.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer Proactively

I was working on a book about spiritual development, looking for ways to be more proactive in diagnosing where I need the most improvement. And I noticed something in the Lord’s Prayer.

If I break that prayer into phrases, each one points me to an important question to ask myself. Over the past few weeks, I’ve built these questions into a sermon series, two questions per week (though not in order because, me).

Anyway, I thought it might be worthwhile to publish the whole list, so here it is.

Our Father in heaven,
Am I maintaining a God-framed perspective?

hallowed be your name.
How am I doing in my worship?

10 your kingdom come,
How am I doing in my character?

your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

How am I doing in my service?

11 Give us today our daily bread.
How am I doing in my trust?

12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

How am I doing in my relationships?

13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
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How am I handling temptation?

for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
How am I doing in my submission?

The sermon series is available on our church YouTube Channel from September 8 to 29, 2019 if you’d like a more information on individual questions.

* Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)