Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Prayer and Temptation

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13)

Have you ever wondered about this part of the Lord's prayer? The Message Bible puts it this way:
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
Once again we see Jesus teaching us about humility. In a sense there are two entities involved in temptation.. a human and an evil enemy. One is called The Tempter and the other is The Tempted. It is an act of humility to acknowledge our inability to resist temptation apart from prayer.. apart from the Spirit's influence in our lives.

Father we ask for your help to resist temptation.. we confess that we are weak in the flesh and need You desperately to keep us from evil. Deliver us today and cause us to be strong in humility and weak in pride.


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