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Temptation

Temptation

MATTHEW 6:9-13

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.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by
Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Application

  • What was your main takeaway from the sermon?
  • Did the Holy Spirit lead you into any situations this week where you had an opportunity to put your takeaway(s) into practice?
  • What impact did those opportunities have on you spiritually?

Discussion Questions:

  • According to the Bible’s teaching, trials can be an environment where people grow spiritually. What has been your personal experience with trials and spiritual growth?
  • The NT authors teach us not to be surprised by trials and to even consider it a joy when facing trials. What are your thoughts on those teachings?
  • Trials do not automatically produce spiritual growth. Why do you suppose it is important to regularly pray about trials and temptations? (What could happen if you are prayeful about trials? What might happen if you are not prayerful about them?)
  • Evil can come by way of the world, the flesh, and the devil. What are some of the ways in which you’ve personally felt evil’s influence through those channels?
  • How can you grow in your prayer life to be more proactive about combating evil?
  • How can this part of the Lord’s prayer make you more appreciative of the Gospel?