By teaching us the “Our Father” prayer, the Lord Jesus urges us to ask the Father not to lead us into temptation but to deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13). If He deemed it appropriate to include this in the prayer process, it is because this aspect is particularly important.
Many Christians worship the Lord; they submit their various requests to Him. Unfortunately, few children of God pray in order to ask the Father to grant them the grace not to fall into temptation. Many Christians worship the Lord; they submit their various requests to Him. Unfortunately, few children of God pray in order to ask the Father to grant them the grace not to fall into temptation. Many people overestimate themselves spiritually, perhaps because they consider their diligent prayer life and, by extension, they underestimate the attacks that the enemy may level against them in order to tempt them.
The Lord Jesus had been fasting for 40 days when He was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-13). Just as the devil came on the scene when Jesus was hungry, so many temptations occur when you are in need, when you are hungry, and at a time in your life when you are vulnerable. Are you growing old and are you desperate for marriage? He may come to tempt you with false revelations about a person who is not destined for you and who will harm your life and your communion with God (an unbeliever, a married person who suggests to you that he is going to divorce his wife for you, but he is not, etc.). Are you desperate for a job? The devil may come to tempt you with a highly paid job that does not glorify God and that is not recommended! Are you thirsting for God and do you want to know Him more? The enemy may tempt you with false doctrines or prophecies to turn you away from the right path! Are you eager to invest in a field? He can come and tempt you by offering you a business with huge profits but which, in truth, will make you lose all your savings!
Abraham was desperate for a child and the devil went through his wife Sarah to tempt him by sending Hagar, the servant to give birth to Ishmael (Genesis 16:1-4). David fell into temptation when he had an adulterous relationship with Batsheba and had Uriah killed to conceal his mistakes, but he repented when he realized his fault (2 Samuel 11 to 12:1-13). If you fell into the trap of the enemy, confess your sin, repent, turn away from evil and Christ will give you grace; He will blot out your sin and you will obtain mercy.
Be humble! Regardless of your spiritual level (even if you are a servant of God), do not overestimate yourself, but ask God to protect you from the traps of the Evil One! Ask for God’s grace and favor so that you will not fall into temptation. Ask the Father to deliver you from the past temptations (to which you had succumbed), as well as the present and future ones. Plead for His grace so that He may deliver you from the snare of the fowler.“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” says the Bible in Matthew 26:41.
“And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen! “(Matthew 6:13): this must be your daily prayer, Beloved. Whatever the strength of the enemy’s temptation, know that it is up to your heavenly Father, the Almighty, to deliver you from the snares of the Evil One. So find refuge in Him.
May God bless you Beloved
“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread”.
“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai“.
“When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation”.
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”.
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth”.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
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