Pray this Way

A Study of the Lord's Prayer

Session 5: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

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Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1.12



For Your Consideration:

  1. In translating the phrase, "Lead us not into temptation," the contemporary version of the Lord’s Prayer reads, "Save us from the time of trial." Is this a good translation? Is it helpful to you?
  2. What is one temptation you never want to face? Why would this one be hard for you?
  3. Does God tempt us? Test us? Try us? What are the differences in meaning between these possible translations and why are they important?
  4. What would be best for you: To never face any temptations? To face temptations but receive help in resisting them?
  5. Look at the list of temptations Martin Luther mentions in his explanation to the Sixth Petition. What makes these things so tempting?
  6. If someone admitted to you that they were struggling with some temptation (e.g., a chemical dependency, cheating on taxes, adultery), what would you do to help them resist the temptation?
  7. Keeping in mind that the Lord’s Prayer consistently uses plural forms, what temptations and evils do we face together as a family? a church? a community? a nation?
  8. What is an evil thing you face daily?
  9. What is the difference between praying that we not be led into temptation and that we be delivered from evil?

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10.13


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