Bible Reading: James 1:1-18
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” [Matthew 6:13]
Protection. The Greek word for “temptation” in 1 Corinthians 10:13 is “peirasmos,” and can mean either testing or refer to any outside source that appeals to a weakness in our flesh. If it is God who is testing you, then it is for your good and never for the purpose of causing you to fall. If it is the devil tempting you then it is for the purpose of causing you to fall. God does not tempt us [James 1:13]. It was the devil, not God that tempted Jesus in the wilderness [Matthew 4:1]. The devil attacks us through negative thoughts and entices our flesh to look closer at things forbidden by God! The temptation itself is not sin, but we have the choice to give in to temptation.
God has given us a wonderful promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it” [The Message Bible].
“Deliver us” – the Greek word is very expressive and means “to break our chains and set us free,” and “to snatch, or pluck us, from the evil.”
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen”
[Matthew 6:13 KJV]
Proclamation. Most modern translations omit these final words but they do appear in some manuscripts, and the words were similar to a doxology often used by the Jews, and for that reason it does not seem unreasonable to include them.
What a glorious way to conclude a prayer with a proclamation of God’s kingdom, power and glory! The word “kingdom” here means, “reign.” God’s power governs His kingdom and He is able to accomplish what we ask. We are weak but He is strong! God’s glory, that is His honour and the full expression of His attributes and nature is what we long for.
All of our praying should be for the purpose of honouring God. Even Jesus said, “I do not seek My own glory” [John 8:50]. We want God to reign! We recognize and submit to God’s power! We seek above all that He is honoured!
Are you going through a time of temptation? Take hold of God’s promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13. If you are struggling with temptation find a Christian friend that you can trust and share it with that person. Ask them to pray with you.
What does James 1:3-4 say that the Christian’s attitude should be to trials?