Prayer & Fasting - Day 20

Twenty-One Days of Prayer
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DAY TWENTY – “Steering Clear of Sin”

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13

The obvious question that arises from this portion of the prayer is, “Can God lead us into being tempted to sin?”

James answers this question clearly in his epistle: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” James 1:12-15

Notice there are two similar concepts mentioned here. There are “tests/trials” and there are “temptings” referred to in these verses. Those must be distinguished for this prayer request to make sense.

God WILL lead us into testing times. His Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for testing. When Jesus became physically weak and spiritually vulnerable enough that Satan could tempt Him. I think it is realistic to believe that during those forty days of prayer Jesus was praying, “Lead me not into temptation.”

Keeping this in mind you get a new appreciation for this promise: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13

I believe the Apostle Paul as he wrote this verse to the Corinthian Christians very well may have been rephrasing this portion of Jesus’ prayer! If not, he at least captured the essence of the prayer.

When you pray this we are asking God to lead you away from temptations to sin and to keep you from trials you are unprepared to face!

  1. Where am I leaving myself vulnerable to temptation?
  2. Is there sin I need to confess?
  3. Am I in the middle of a trial right now?

Heavenly Father, l want to follow where you lead me today confident you will lead me away from temptation to sin, through the trials I am experiencing and keep me from testing I am unprepared for. Help me follow your leadership in my life today! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

By: Pastor Brad
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