And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

There is some debate among scholars about how this part of the Lord's prayer is to be understood. One thing is agreed, though, and it is this: there is an evil one in the world who seeks our harm and we are in great need of the Lord's protection from him. As it applies to marriage:

1. We need to pray that the Lord would protect our marriage. We could pray specifically that: He would help us to maintain our faithfulness to our spouse and purity in our lives; He would protect us from believing the lies of the enemy about marriage; He would protect us from drifting apart from each other or drifting away from the Lord.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

There is some question whether or not this was part of the original Lord's prayer (see the margin or footnotes in your Bible at Matthew 6:13). It does remind us, however, of the greatness of God and of His glory. In this regard it takes us back to the beginning of the Lord's Prayer, reminding us of who God is and of the fact that His glory should be our greatest concern.

Do you want to pray well for your marriage? Let the Lord's Prayer guide you as you lift up your spouse and your marriage before the Lord.

© 2003 Christian Family Life


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