The Lord’s Prayer | Temptation
RJ Grunewald   -  

Read This

Jesus makes us strong when we feel weak against temptation.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Remember This

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:6

Remember This Too:

And lead us not into temptation.

What does this mean?

God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.

Think About This

There is not a single person on earth who doesn’t struggle with temptation. Even Jesus faced temptation. There’s also not a new temptation that you face that someone else hasn’t struggled with. At times it may feel like you’re on your own – thinking things or struggling with things that you think no one else is – but you’re not on your own. Jesus faced temptation to and he overcame for your sake and he continues to fight with you.

Meal Time

Look on YouTube for a clip from a favorite battle scene (maybe from a classic war movie or a super hero movie). Ask, “What are items that you think would be necessary to win a battle?”

Morning Time

Write a note and put it somewhere your child will find it (lunch box, backpack, etc). Include James 4:7 on it, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will free from you.”

Meal Time

Read Matthew 4:1-11. Talk about the temptations that Jesus had and how he responded. Ask your student how knowing the Bible might help them fight against temptations.

Bed Time

At bed time read 1 Corinthians 10:13. Point out to important truths: no temptation we face is unique and there’s always a way out. Jesus not only fought for us for when we fail to do what’s right, but he continues to fight with us against temptation.

Additional study: Questions 281-284 in the Explanation of the Small Catechism