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I would like to break the rhythm of some words we have so classically used in the royal prayer. The very first request from Jesus’s disciples was: “Lord, teach us to pray”.
Many people have it the wrong way around and God is extremely particular about what and to whom we address our prayer. This is then the order and means.
We pray to the Father
Through Jesus Christ
And by the Holy Spirit.
The royal prayer goes in the line like this:
Our FATHER who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
We want to stop here. This is wrong!
The Word (Bible) states the following:
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.
It boggles to mind that people pray in following order and fashion, we have been SO miss-impressed with the wrong words and teaching in the Lord’s Prayer.
Why is this, one may say?
Well, seen that God tempts no man, how on earth does the words: “Lead us not into temptation, being vocalized by nearly every religious person or Christian.
Let be break it down in the following way to pray:
Our FATHER who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is ALSO in heaven.
LEAD US NOT TO BE TEMPTED, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE
(THE DEVIL HIMSELF)
After our Jesus was baptized by John the baptist, the HOLY SPIRIT drove Christ into the wilderness TO BE TEMPTED.
Now then, when we pray: “Lead us not to be tempted” this rather exemplifies the reality of being tempted by Satan.
Am I in any way or notion trying to depict that we will not be tempted…no! But Jesus Christ has been tempted in all manners and means from childhood to adulthood. And we have a mediator (Jesus Christ) who is acquainted with our grievances or temptations in this age we find ourselves in.
Next time you pray the Lord’s Prayer, please be not confused between:
1.) Be lead into temptation, or
2.) Lead us not to be tempted, but deliver us from the evil one. (Satan)
I hope this helps you 🙂