Prayer & Fasting - Day 21

Twenty-One Days of Prayer
Devotions for Families
JANUARY 2019

DAY TWENTY-ONE – “Follow the Leader”

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13

Welcome to the final day of your fasting and prayer experience! I hope revisiting the Lord’s Prayer has been beneficial for you.

I thought I would conclude this series of devotionals with this final thought:
What if this pattern for prayer Jesus gave is more about learning to follow than it is about learning to pray?

You may think the key words in this verse are “temptation” or “deliver”, and those ARE important, but don’t overlook the word “lead”. Is that not the central request of this prayer? Is it not a prayer for God’s leadership?

Shouldn’t that be the purpose of prayer?
Shouldn’t you want to be led by the Father in every daily event of your life?

Think about what tends to happen when you fail to seek God’s leadership. You will not follow well and in fact you will wander off or you will take the lead yourself. None of those paths take you to a good place.

Take the time to reread this entire prayer. When you do, I think you will see Jesus emphasize two main purposes for prayer: pray for God’s clear leadership in your life and for grace to follow that leadership.

Will you pray for His leadership and commit to follow His lead?

ASK:
  1. Am I trying to lead God toward my will when I pray?
  2. Are most of my prayers about getting my way or seeking His?
  3. Will I do something to change that today?
  4. Will I ask Him to lead me out of this temptation/trial I have led myself into?

PRAY:
Heavenly Father, if Jesus needed to pray for your leadership and if He tells me to pray for your leadership then I humbly pray, “Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil.” Now, Heavenly Father, give me grace and wisdom to follow you as you lead me today. Thank you that you will lead me away from temptation. Thank you that you promise to lead me through trials. And I will trust you to deliver me from evil as I follow you today! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

By: Pastor Brad
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