Jean’s Gospel: Introducing the Lord’s Prayer: Lead us not into temptation

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  1. Paige says:

    I actually find this portion of the Prayer to be perplexing. WHY would I need to ask God my Father, to not lead me into temptation? Curious, IMO….

    The older I get, the less I seem to understand. Guess I’ll have to live by Faith.

    Life seemed much simpler when I was younger and knew ‘everything”.

    Thank you Jean.

  2. Em ... again says:

    Paige, interesting point IMV, too

    whether theologically sound or not, i always seem to feel that i’m praying, “don’t let us be led into temptation” and then, as Jean noted early on, i think of the world we live in and realize that i’m asking for a very large miracle 🙂

    deliver us from evil is an easier one for me as we are no match for the evil one and i surely do need deliverance there

  3. Jean says:

    Hi Paige,

    You have a good point that the petition may appear perplexing, but Jesus actually has Peter pray it in substance in the Garden of Gethsemene.

    “Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

    This passage really juxtaposes the new creation in Christ against the old. Adam/Eve which clings to the Christian. So, you are absolutely spot on when you say “I’ll have to live by faith.”

    Thank you for commenting.

  4. Paige says:

    Of course to pray that I would not fall into temptation is a needed petition. That Jesus would tell us to ask The Father to not LEAD us/ me into temptation is curious. Would He do that? The farther I go with the Lord, the more mysterious He seems. I think that is the point. Utter dependence.

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