We are now at the final part of the Lord’s Prayer which is:
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one. ‘
I must admit these are some of the most challenging words in this prayer for me. I certainly don’t expect God to tempt me with sin. He did that to Job but I think that was a very special case which I don’t really understand either but… The devil constantly tempts us but not God. In Luther’s Catechism he says: “God surely tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us, so that the devil, the world and our flesh may not deceive us or lead us into false belief…..” (I left out the last half of this very long sentence; I don’t know why theologians must be so long winded 😉 ).
Luther seems to be just bypassing the “lead us” phrase. I don’t understand that? There seems to be quite a variety of interpretation of this statement even to the extent of questioning the translation of the original Greek text. I don’t believe that God leads anyone to sin!
Certainly we must pray to God to help us overcome the devil and his ways so the second part of this study is very appropriate. If anyone wants to chime in on their interpretation of “And lead us not” it would certainly be welcomed.
The call to action: We must ask God for the strength to resist the devil’s daily temptations.