On this Seventh Sunday of Easter, we finished our series on the Lord's Prayer.
Connect to Lead Us Not into Temptation: Depending On God to Be with Us. The Lord's Prayer ends just as relationally as it begins. In the beginning of the prayer we prayed expressing our relationship with God - "Our Father who is in heaven" and now in praying, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" we are praying for God to be with us who are on earth.
In praying the Lord's Prayer, we are praying in opposition to the principalities and powers - and so now we pray for us not to be alone but for God to be with us as we confront and are confronted by these powers, which were created to serve humanity, but now act to dominate and oppress.