Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser Print
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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Friday, 07 September 2018 00:00

Jesus gave us “The Lord’s Prayer,” as a pattern for prayer. The prayer in Matthew chapter six reads: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

When we say, “And lead us not into temptation,” we often fail to think about what it really means. I want to respect God the Father. I want to finish well. I don’t want to bring shame on the name of Jesus. So I pray this first and foremost for myself, then my daughter Gail, and granddaughter Sky.

We can pray, “Father, please, deliver me, deliver us and our children and grandchildren from temptation and sin. Please keep us pure and holy. Please help us to respect you. Please keep us from falling into sin. I also ask that you would deliver us and all our descendants from false doctrine.”

I pray this because in our culture and in the church, so many pastors and churches are buying into the spirit of the age in so many areas.

Finally we pray, “but deliver us from evil,” I ask our Heavenly Father every day to deliver my family and friends from all evil. I know the Bible says that every Christian will suffer various kinds of affliction, but we are still supposed to ask our heavenly Father to deliver us from evil. Sickness is evil. Depression and anxiety are evil. I pray that the Lord protect us from physical harm and sickness and, if it would be his will, give us long, healthy lives.

Health is a gift from God. So I am going to ask our Father for that gift for my family. I don’t understand why the Lord allows some kinds of illness to continue, but I trust that our heavenly Father is good and wise and loving. And I’m still going to keep asking him for the gift of healing and health for my family because he tells me to.

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)

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