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Many affectionately refer to this as the Lord's Prayer. We need to consder that this was a prayer outline for the disciples and not a prayer the Lord Jesus could pray personally. As God incarnate, Christ could miraculously create food, which he did on several occasions. He need not pray for forgiveness because he had nothing to be forgiven of. The word tempt is most often rendered as: put to the test, to proove, to test one's faithfulness, quality. As already pointed out, God cannot be tempted with evil, tempted to sin.
I believe the answer to this question is shown through the book of Job. God allows Satan to do things in people's lives. He has control over everything including life and death. But Jesus was teaching us how to pray for God's protection. For example, I had an experience recently which I could have had Satan be allowed for someone to do me great harm. I prayed iimmediately for that not to happen. After thanking God for my protection though I started to fall into sin by fearing man. I was even failing to trust God that He is my shield of protection. After about 3 days in prayer, God said 2 Thessalonians 3:3. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 NLT Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. His answer that He is faithful and guards me from the evil one is a huge blessing. We can pray and ask Him to keep Satan away from us removing sin from being done to us or by us. If it is a sin that we are doing then we can praise Him for His deliverance. God is in control!
Our pastor taught on this passage, and based on his teaching, the original language actually reads: "Deliver us from the evil one, so that we will not be led into temptation." When we pray the Lord's prayer in corporate worship, we actually say it this way in our church.
TESTING and TEMPTING Being human, we are faced with testing and temptation daily. God permits the testing that can present temptation. But, one is tempted when he in drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1 KJV 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. God created human-kind free as moral agents, i.e. He wants His creation to choose to do righteousness. He wants His creation to choose to love Him. God DID NOT create robots. One can choose to NOT love God, or, preferably, to love Him. God does not tempt His creation, but He does permit testing as He did with Adam, Job, Abraham, the children of Israel in the wilderness and all human-kind. God permits His creation to be in many and all kinds of situations where they have to decide for godliness and righteousness, or to the contrary. Consider this reference to the children of Israel: Deuteronomy 13 NIV (Note in particular verse 3.) 1 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Why pray: "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one?" BECAUSE, we need all the help God can give us. We are human. We are flesh. We are weak.
From the ancient Eastern Holy Bible Text, Aramaic Peshitta, in Matthew 6.13 says And do not Let us ENTER into temptation, but deliver us from evil. This is with full harmony with James 1:13. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
I suppose it is recognized that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9. The natural mind is prone to error. The Bible says; " there is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are ways of death" Proverb 16:25. Now in Matthew 6:13, The Lord taught His disciples on how to conduct themselves in prayer whenever they come before the Father with their petition and gave them a prototype; 1. To acknowledge the Fatherhood of God. If you don't first acknowledge God as your Father, He is not obliged to you. 2, Adore and praise Him. 3, Desire His rulership, His Kingdom and His government over you and over your situation. 4, that you are prone to trek on dangerous ground if left to yourself and that He only can lead you in the path of righteousness for His name sake. Psalm 23:3. Now the Bible says in Philipians 3:15 that if any one is otherwise minded, The Lord will reveal this to you. That is, if you are not aware that you walking into temptation or are not conscious of satanic plot against you as was the case with Job, you can be sure that God Will redirect or lead you away from it. Again,The Lord declared that it is the Father's good pleasure that we enter not into temptations hence He, the Father, has given us His Holy Spirit John 14:16-17, John 16:13-14 to teach and direct us into all truth, all correctness and all rightness. Therefore, James 1:3 is emphatically correct in the light of Matthew 6:13. That is, God does not tempt us with evil as James asserted and that because we are subject to erroneous human judgement may be walking right into traps of temptation, we should pray the Father to lead us away from it as The Lord has directed. But, and if, a child of God habitually ignores the promptings of the Holy Ghost and enter into temptation even then God will not allow him or her to be tempted above his or her ability to bear up in it. 2 Corinthians 10:13.
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