Overcoming Temptation

Dear readers, it has really been neat to teach through “The Essentials of Effective Prayer“. We have dedicated this entire year in the Children’s Department to learning about prayer and living out a vibrant prayer life. As I have been studying this topic with my Kids’ Express teachers, I have been blessed to see how the Lord is at work in all of our lives, drawing us closer together as a team.

  1. Effective Prayer Lesson 1
  2. Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 1
  3. Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 2
  4. Effective Prayer: Allegiance, Submission, and Gratitude
  5. Effective Prayer: Petition and Intercession
  6. Effective Prayer: Forgiveness

This next lesson that I am about to teach is a crucial one. In the Lord’s Model Prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but, deliver us from evil”. There are several things that Jesus wants to show us through this theme/subject. One is that temptation, if not handled correctly, will lead us to do evil. We need deliverance and we are too weak to do it on our own. Let’s see how this plays out as we use Scripture to interpret Scripture and discover the essence of Christ’s teaching here.

I. The Reality of Temptation

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Effective Prayer: Petition and Intercession

I am getting ready to teach on prayer once again and I am excited to share these ideas with you here in this post. If you have not been following this theme, I have linked the previous lessons below.

Prayer is about a relationship with God. He communicates with us through His Word, we communicate with Him through prayer. This is how a relationship works. Both communicate with each other. Both listen to each other. There is an idea of friendship here. God wants a personal relationship with man. Man can have a personal relationship with God. Continue reading

Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 2: Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

In the previous article, I began to outline the subjects mentioned in the Lord’s Model Prayer as found in Matthew 6. I hope that you found it helpful and have begun applying it to your daily prayer life. Jesus did not invent the subjects of this Model Prayer on the spot. Most of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels comes directly from the Old Testament. Some people believe that Jesus was just making up His teachings as He went about His public ministry. This could not be further from the Truth. Jesus taught much directly from the Old Testament or made allusions to It while He ministered to the public. The subjects of the Model Prayer are not different. We can actually see these subjects in many prayers offered in the Old Testament. I would like to focus on one of those prayers in this article, King Jehoshaphat’s prayer which is found in II Chronicles 20. Continue reading

Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 1: The model prayer

Next week, I am going to meet with some of my preK teachers and do a lesson with them on prayer. We meet a couple of times a month to build our team by studying God’s Word together. If we want to be a genuine team that works together to impact the lives of others for the Gospel, we must spend time in God’s Word together. This is how we fellowship.

Our previous lesson was very eye opening on the power of an effective prayer life. If you missed that lesson, you can read it here. Continue reading

Lord teach us to pray.

0839_Jesus_praying_christian_clipartThe other night at church I taught a lesson on prayer based on the need for deliverance from temptation. As we learn from the Word of God, we all (humans) will be faced with temptation every single day and we must realize this fact and be ready for the battle. In this article I would like to explain how we can be prepared for temptation and have victory over temptation every single moment of every single day. The prayer for deliverance comes at the end of Jesus Christ’s model prayer as outlined in the 6th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew which was given by Christ in the “Sermon on the Mount”. Before we can enjoy deliverance we need to take a look at the previous 5 points in the model prayer. Continue reading