Lead Us Not into Temptation
During the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, builders had to construct an elaborate trestle across a deep canyon. After it was built, the chief engineer wanted to test it. A train loaded with double the normal train cars and supplies was driven to the middle of the bridge, where it stayed for an entire day.
Someone asked the builder, "Are you trying to break the bridge?" The answer was no. "I am trying to prove that the bridge will not break," was his reply.
In the same way, God allows us to be tempted by the enemy. There is a spiritual hedge of protection around the life of the believer that can only be penetrated with God's approval.
In times of testing, God wants to strengthen us through the trials so that we will be made ready for His service.
Prayer is the most powerful form of communication that we have. By teaching the disciples to pray, "Lead us not into temptation," Jesus was preparing them to face life's trials and temptations correctly.
The Lord knew the disciples would face many trials and temptations. Their only source of wisdom and help was found in God -- "Lead us not." But the sense of the Greek words used here also implies that there must be necessary training.
God does not allow us to face needless trials. Most of what we face comes as a result of living life in a fallen world. However, we must learn to say "no" to anything that would prevent us from living holy lives before a holy God.
Prayer: Father, lead me not into temptation. When I am facing temptation, help me to see the way out You have provided. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).
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