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.
And do not lead us into temptation,
God does not lead us into temptation to sin. The word “temptation” here refers to trial. “Lead us” is permissive; the idea is, “Do not allow us to be led into trial.” Since testing is inevitable, we do not want to be carried into or caught up in the trial so as to crumble under pressure. This is a prayer for ability to stand up under pressure.
But deliver us from the evil one.
The “evil one” here is Satan. Satan uses trial to lead us into enticement to sin. This is a prayer for protection from actions of Satan.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
There is a manuscript problem with this sentence. Many translations do not include this sentence in their translations.
PRINCIPLE: God allows trials to come into our lives in order to build us in the faith.
APPLICATION: God does not solicit to evil; that is incompatible with His character. He does allow us to enter duress and pressure. We can pray that God would sustain us during duress. God allows us to enter trial for a number of reasons. We find many of these reasons in the book of First Peter.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Jas 1:13-14
We cannot serve the Lord if duress gets us down. Soldiers in combat cannot yield to terror or their organization will fall apart. A solider cannot be a soldier who allows fear to control his decisions. We parlay faith into suffering.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Pe 1:6-7