Lead us not into temptation – Lord’s Prayer #7

In the final part of the Lord’s Prayer series, we look at the line: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Why do we find the Christian life a battle against evil? What are we fighting against – and how do we win?

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Forgive us our sins – Lord’s Prayer #6

Learn to pray with the Lord’s Prayer – part 6: Do we just need to pray for forgiveness once? Or every time we sin? And why is it so important to forgive others?

The Apostle’s Creed course is available as a whole course here on the website, or you can watch The God Who Dies as an individual session.

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Your kingdom come – Lord’s Prayer #3

Learn to pray with the Lord’s Prayer – part 3: what is the kingdom of God, and how can we pray this today?

In this session we start by looking at what the kingdom of God actually is, then we think about how that works out in the church and then society.

The session from the creed I refer to is #11 – Eternal Life.

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Hallowed be your name – Lord’s Prayer #2

Learn to pray with the Lord’s Prayer – part 2: what does ‘Hallowed be your name’ even mean, and how can we pray it today?

In the video we think about what a ‘name’ is, what it means for it to be ‘hallowed’, and how we can learn to pray from it. In particular we think about praying for ourselves and praying for others.

The session I referred to from the Ten Commandments series is Misusing God’s Name.

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New series: Learn to pray with the Lord’s Prayer

As I promised at the end of the Ten Commandments course, in this new term I will be starting a new series on the Lord’s Prayer. Through the last 2000 years, countless Christians have learned how to pray using the Lord’s Prayer: although there are many prayers in the Bible, there is only one prayer which is given as a model to us by the Lord Jesus himself.

You can find the prayer in the Bible in Luke 11 or Matthew 6 (in the Sermon on the Mount). The prayers are slightly different to each other and probably a little different to the version you might be familiar with.

This is the version of the prayer from Matthew. Here Jesus uses ‘debts’ instead of ‘sins’ and ‘the evil one’ is used instead of ‘evil’:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

Matthew 6:9-13

For many people throughout the world – Christian or not – these will be familiar words. But, despite their familiarity, they still have much to teach us about how we should pray. This short prayer helps us to know how we should relate to God every day.

Starting next week we will be working slowly through the prayer, line-by-line, to see what we can learn about how to approach God and how we should pray.

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If you can’t wait until next week, you might like to watch this session on prayer as part of the How to Live as a Christian course.

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Prayer – How to live as a Christian #2

All about prayer – the what, why, how and when of prayer! In this session we see how we can use the Lord’s Prayer as a template for prayer. Also an interview with a special guest to talk about prayer.

Resources in the video

Also check out Andy Brown’s website, where he blogs regularly with Christian reflections and thoughts.

This is an updated version of the video course I recorded last year, based on the written series.

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