I am making an unusual Tuesday post to add a little to the study of the Lord’s prayer. As I mentioned before the only part of the prayer that I have significant trouble with is the petition “lead us not…” I recently received a message from a good friend trying to help me figure this out. Here is his comments:
If you read Luke 22:40, Jesus warns his disciples to pray lest they fall into temptation during his trial. One commentary says about the petition to “lead us not into temptation, “To pray not to be led into temptation is to pray not to succumb to that temptation. Taken together, the petitions for bread, forgiveness, and keeping them from succumbing to temptation are petitions to help the disciples be kept in the one true, saving faith, so that they may finally prevail and gain the victory.”
We call on God to keep us strong, to avoid temptation, and to bring us out of trouble when we do fall.
This definitely helps me, and I hope some of you, but it still doesn’t fully explain the word “lead”. As I said before I guess that is just a question I will have to ask the source when I see Him.