"Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil"
"Lead us not into Temptation, but deliver us from evil." ~ Matthew 6:13
This line in the Lord's Prayer has always caused some consternation within me. Does God lead us to temptation? If so, why? Does God lead us into temptation to see if we will succumb and fail the test? Is this like my putting an unwrapped candy bar in front of my children and saying they can't have it while I watch secretly from the other room waiting to catch them in the act? These are the types of questions that run through my head when praying this particular part of the Lord's Prayer because how this line sounds seems so distant from the way that I understand and have experienced God working in my life.
Fortunately, I am not alone in my questions. In December 2017, Pope Francis announced that the Catholics would be making a change to this line in their praying of the Lord's prayer to meet these questions head-on. On April 7th, we won't be changing the Lord's prayer but we will be looking more in depth at this part of Jesus' teaching on prayer, what it means for our prayer life, and just what are we asking God to do.
I hope to see you at either our 8:15 or 10:45 service and I hope you will say hello!
Your fellow wanderer on the journey of faith,