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LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATIj.jN
"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is
the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. " Matthew 6:13
Today, we come to the close of our studies on "The Iord's Prayer." In the
beginning we explained that Jesus didn't pray this prayer for himself. It was a
model or an example for His disciples to follow. He didn't say to His disciples
that they were to pray using these identical words but rather in this spirit.
The last statement of the Prayer was "Lead us not into temptation but
deliver us from evil. " Now, it is not a sin to be tempted for we live in a world
which surrounds us with temptation. Temptation becomes sin only when we yield
to its enticement. It is not a curse to be tempted as a man, rather It is his gjlory
because he is given the freedom of choice. Man has a will and as a free mor-al
agent can respond as he chooses.
'This request of the prayer, "Lead me not into temptation" gives me a
marvelous insight into the character of God. I admit that it is difficult to
understand the meaning of this temptation request. When we ask God not to lead
us into temptation It suggests a God who wants to defeat us. God created i(e with
certain aptitudes, orientations, and appetites. Is lie, having created me with
these tendencies, trying to trap me by tempting me in my weakness. Is He pushing
a double portion of ice cream before me when I am on a diet? Is He arranging
an unattended fund to tempt me to misappropriate? Is He putting me Into a social
situation where it can become my downfall? God is not that kind of God. James
says that God is not tempted and that He doesn't tempt anyone. Then what is He
talking about in the model prayer?
Lead Us Not Into Temptation 2
We must restate the fact that God tempts to test us and Satan tempts to
destroy us. There are two different meanings to the word tempt and we should
I. tHE MEANING OF T ...
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