Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. – Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
The final petition of the Lord's prayer is one of leadership and deliverance. I am to trust in the Father to lead me away from the sin I have asked Him to forgive and to help me fight against the temptation to commit the sin again or fall prey to another sin.
The Lord's leadership is key here in my opinion. When I try to lead myself through seasons of temptation I always seem to get lost. When I lean on my understanding, I confuse the situation. When I focus on my willpower I am weak and succumb to sin.
I'm reminded that I must look to the Father and his word for guidance. Christ, as the God-Man, understood this human need all too well. In the desert being tempted by Satan, he recites scripture to fend off Satan's attacks. He rebukes Peter, and tells him that his human understanding of things is not God's, and demands Peter get out of his way. In the Garden of Gethsemane, when confronted with his desire to impose his own will and rely on his own willpower, he reaches out to the Father and prays, "not my will, but yours be done."
I need the leadership of the Father as I face the temptations of this world. I need the sympathetic priesthood of Christ to help see me through moments of lust, pride, and anger.
Most importantly I need the power of God and the Holy Spirit manifested in the armor of God to deliver me from the Evil One of this world. I do not need to flee the Evil One, rather he must run from me when I put on the full armor of God:
- Belt of Truth
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Sandals of the Gospel of Peace
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword of the Spirit, God's Word
Only through the leadership of the Father and the Armor of God am I able to experience deliverance from temptation and evil.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.
- In what areas of life are you tempted?
- What do you do when you face temptation - how do you respond?
- Have you memorized Scripture that you can recite for areas you experience the greatest temptation?
Make it a great day!