The Lord’s Prayer: Temptation

Following the part of the Prayer that asks for forgiveness and grace, we go to the reason why we need such things: sin. Sin is part of fleshly nature, and its desires lead us into this rebellion against God. Thus, we ask, “And lead us not into temptation, …” (Mat. 6:13). But why do we […]

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Habitual Prayer

Psalm 77:2, In the day of my trouble, I seek the Lord.” This verse is the perfect summation of all the Psalms—seeking God in the day of trouble is ubiquitous in the Psalms. The Psalms are the oratio (prayer), meditatio (meditation), and tentatio (temptation) of daily Christian life—that is, God uses spiritual attacks/affliction (tentatio) to drive us towards prayer (oratio) and dependence […]

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“Deliver Us From Evil”

Before I started my Lutheran confirmation classes, I read the entire Book of Concord and one of the things that really struck me was what Luther said about the last petition of the Lord’s Prayer. In this petition, many English translations read, “but deliver us from evil.” For those who can read Greek, this is […]

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Facing Trials: Only For A Season

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of […]

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Facing Trials: Heaviness, Part 3

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of […]

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God Knows

Taking Comfort in Our Suffering During one of my daily readings of Scripture, I stopped at Genesis 15:13 and realised something I had never noticed before after the many times I’ve read it. The verse says, “Then the LORD said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs […]

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