This is the eleventh in a series of blogs on the ease of reading the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew … and the difficulty of following them.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Evidently, God can say to you and me, “Fine, thy will be done.” Notice the lower case “t” in “thy”: It’s not Thy (God’s) will be done, but my (thy) will be done.
God wants us to pray to resist temptation and then live the prayer.
Unfortunately, temptation is so … tempting. It also has a well-known journey with an unpleasant end.
Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death (James 1: 13-15).
To avoid that journey and ending, a good place to start is to pray like Jesus taught, “Do not lead us into temptation,” and then live the prayer.
Links to the previous blogs in this series can be found at Links to So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do.