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PRAYER FORMULA? (6)

PRAYER FORMULA? (6)

‘Lead us not into temptation…’ seems a bit of an odd thing to pray.

William Barclay argues that the word ‘temptation’ here is referring to the craving towards the wrong things in life. The compromises. The giving-in. God will never Himself tempt us. James 1:13 is clear about this:

’‘When tempted, no one should ever say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by
evil, nor does He tempt anyone.’

The next line of the Lord’s Prayer implies where temptation actually comes from: ‘Deliver us from the evil one.’ “Evil one?” … Take a look at the state of the world – children forced to join armies; 27 million people trafficked into slavery; whole regions of nations starving; diseases spreading (as you know, the list goes on) – it is pretty obvious there is an evil in this world. And one that’s worth
being aware of.
‘Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…’ warns us to take the better path. Lust, selfish ambition, greed —all these contribute to what’s wrong with the world.

Jesus teaches us to pray against it. To choose another way.

To live, not as sole individuals, but as God’s family.

What Now? 
We can practice ‘choosing to live like God’s family’ even in the smallest things. Look into the different movements that ethically source food and clothes, and if you like what you see, consider what thing you buy every week that you can make a difference with. Even the little things like buying products to help self-sustaining vendors and traders contribute in cumulatively big ways.

‘Deliver us from the evil one’ Matthew 6:13 NKJ

Joy Ferdiz

May 15th, 2014

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