Matthew 6:13 – Lead us not into temptation.
Why would Jesus teach us to pray this way when Scripture clearly teaches, “God tempts no man” (James 1:13)? Jesus was modeling for His disciples how to be led by God. Jesus knew that He was being led into temptation for our sakes. Jesus was aware that He would stand between heaven and hell for all mankind. As He contemplated the cross with all the sufferings He was about to endure, He knew that the enemy would come one more time to tempt Him. Jesus was teaching His disciples to yield completely to the Father. If the Father chose for them to go through temptation, He would keep them in that hour. God Himself does not tempt any man, but life is full of temptation. Our prayer should be for God to lead us around or through those times of temptation.
Scriptures declare, “I will never leave you nor forsake you, that you can boldly say the Lord is my helper, in Him will I trust” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Is that your testimony in the Holy Spirit? Do you know He is always with you? There may be times when you do not sense His presence, but will you trust His Word of promise? The Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father and of the Son. Jesus said, “I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16).
Today, look to Jesus who is the author and the finisher of our faith. He authored and finished the work for you. He was tempted in every way, yet He did not sin. Temptation surrounds us beloved, but Jesus has overcome on our behalf. Pray for His overcoming life to fill you and to guide you in all that you do.
Are you presently facing temptation? Call on the Father and ask Him to lead you through this time. Ask Him to use the hour of temptation to strengthen you. Ask Him for grace to overcome the evil one. Give the reins of your life to the Holy Spirit and watch Him work the mighty works of God in and through you.