Daily Devotions

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Lead us Not Into Temptation

Kathy — “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matt.6:13. . . At first glance, this sounds like this is asking God not to tempt us when James 1:13, tells us that God tempts no man to evil.  So a son wouldn’t suspect his Father of doing that.   One of the meanings of temptation here is adversity.  Neither would sons ask Father to keep us from adversity, because a mature son knows better than to expect not having to grow in character through overcoming.   I think The Message may have captured the heart of this phrase:  Matt 6:13  Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.  One of the meanings of the Greek word translated here as “not” is “lest,” which means “for fear that.”   That would lend this phrase to say, “Father lead us and deliver us from evil for fear that we will fall to temptation if You don’t.”   And as a son/daughter with that understanding, my prayer would be in agreement, “May I live my life today showing that I am not under the dictates and influence of temptation because I am delivered from the evil one”.  I can pray that with confident expectation because THINE is the Kingdom, the power and the glory.   Therefore, we pray as sons/daughters, knowing our Father has, and always will have, the prevailing governmental order and the authoritative power and the ultimate manifestation of His every intent . . . forever.


Committed to Participation

Men PrayingKathy — To pray, “Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven,” is not asking God to do what He does and just take care of everything while I go grocery shopping.  Praying His Kingdom come is an action of agreement.  To pray that as Jesus meant it, we must be willing to align with His answer as it processes into the earth.  We cannot effectually pray “Your Kingdom come and will be done on earth” without being committed to participation that may involve action on our part.