Matthew 6:13 – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
Part of the Lord’s prayer is praying for protection. Why would we pray for God not to lead us into temptation? The Bible says, “God does not tempt anyone.” We have to look at what these words mean and take into consideration the meaning of other Scripture as well.
Point number (1) God can’t tempt us. It is totally impossible, outside of God’s nature to tempt us. God does not go outside of His character. God can’t change, because if He could change, that would mean He could get better, but He can’t, He’s perfect in every way already.
James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
When we endure temptation and don’t sub come to it, we are blessed and rewarded. This word endures, means to continue to trust in resistance and opposition. We continue to trust God even though we’re being opposed and resisted. That’s how we endure.
James 1:13 – 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. (Verse 14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
We are drawn away by a desire we have and then the enemy jumps on it and tempts us to follow through with that desire. The enemy is the tempter, Satan watches us, and the minute we take our focus off of God, he jumps in and tempts us with what we’ve relocated our focus on.
Matthew 4:3 – Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
1 Thessalonians 3:5 – Lest by some means the tempter had tempted you.
Sometimes Satan will take a good or harmless desire and will tempt us into turning it to evil. For instance: If we don’t take time to relax and enjoy what God has given us, Satan will start to put thoughts in our head that don’t belong there. He will attack when we are tired from working all the time without resting.
Do you know that sin is the counterfeit of actual joy? When we think that we are not receiving the things from the Lord we should, we look for a counterfeit to fill that void.
God Won’t Mislead Us.
The word temptation has many different meanings. For instance: James 1:2 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (Verse 3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Trials in this verse are the exact translation in Matthew 6:13, as the word “translation” is. It has a broader meaning than some understand. It means temptation or a trial or a test. So ask yourself: Would God ever lead us into a trial or a test? Yes, He would and yes He does. Because the trying of our faith causes us to grow and develop the character for us to be able to fulfill the destiny God has for us! But, He will only do it for our good. The leading us into a trial, keep in mind, the tempter is already there waiting and God knows that. But God tells us in the Lord’s prayer, “Pray for protection!”
Matthew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Who led Jesus? The Spirit did. Where did He lead Him? Into the wilderness. Why did He lead Him? To be tempted by the devil. God led His own Son into a time of trials and testing and Satan was sitting there waiting for Him.
God did this for the good of His Son. Luke 4:14 – Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit. Jesus came out stronger after He went through that time of testing. However, here’s the main reason God did it, He did it for our good! God knew Jesus would succeed, and because Jesus succeeded, it would be a benefit to us.
Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin. He did that for us!
Hebrews 2:18 – For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
When we pray for help in our temptations, we’re not praying to someone that doesn’t understand. Jesus was tempted in all points of temptation.
Notice where He was tempted. He was tempted in the wilderness, in a dry place. Just like the children of Israel being led into the wilderness, it was a time of testing. However, God didn’t expect them to stay there for 40 years. The journey to the Promised land was only an eleven-day trip. So, neither does God expect us to stay 40 years in that one temptation, time of testing. Ask Him to help!
Why were the Israelites lead into the wilderness in the first place? Deuteronomy 8:16 – “who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good in the end -“
If God ever leads you into a trial, it’s to do us good! For us to understand Matthew 6:13, we have to understand it with other Scripture. Any time you read something in the Bible that you don’t understand, it’s because you don’t understand it. I’m not being funny. There’s nothing wrong with the Bible, there is only something wrong with our understanding. That’s why we have to “renew” our minds and not be conformed to this world.
When we begin to look at other Scriptures, the meaning of the one we are stuck on will come to light. We have to take the Bible as a whole.
God Will Deliver Us
1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Is that not an amazing statement? God makes us two promises: God will never allow us to be tempted in a trial or a test above that which we are able to handle. Second, with every temptation, He will make a way for us to escape! God will deliver us if we let Him. Paul said this: 2 Timothy 4:17 – I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (Verse 18) And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
2 Peter 2:9 – …the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations. One of the things we are to pray is protection from the evil one. It is God’s will for us to escape temptation. If we are in any kind of trial or testing, pray for a way of escape and He promises to deliver!
If We Will Pray
This is our part because we need God to do His part. That’s what Jesus is trying to tell the disciples because they asked Him to teach them how to pray. We have an enemy that will come after us in times of trial. Psalm 119:133 – Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Look what Jesus prayed: John 17:15 – “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”
He didn’t pray to keep them out of the trials and testing, but to deliver them from them. So when going through trials and times of testing, know that the evil one will be there to tempt you, but the Lord Himself promises to deliver you out of them all!