From Right from the Heart by Bryant Wright
God: The Answer for Temptation
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” – Matthew 6:13 kjv
Have you ever given much thought to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer? The most puzzling part is the phrase “Lead us not into temptation.” It’s confusing. It just doesn’t seem to make sense. After all, the Bible is clear that God does not tempt us: “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone” ( James 1:13).
So why would Jesus teach us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”?
1. He was reminding us that in the face of temptation, it is God we need to call to for help. We need God’s help to gain the strength to resist temptation and make it through life’s trials.
2. We also need God to help us make wise decisions that keep us out of vulnerable situations where we are more prone to give in to temptation.
3. “Evil” in this verse actually means “the evil one.” Satan is both smarter and stronger than we are—not smarter and stronger than God, but smarter and stronger than you and I. Only God can deliver us from the evil one.
The devil wants to destroy our lives, but God wants us to live life to the fullest. It just makes sense to call on God to help us resist temptation and to believe that He will deliver us from evil. Otherwise life can become hell.
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