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Matthew 6:13

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
(NIV)

Do we actually have to pray to God that He would not lead us into temptation? It would sure seem that way. But I think that this is more like the prayer for the daily bread. God is going to do these things, but in order to experience the working of God, we need to ask for these things.

I don't believe that God is going to ever lead us into temptation, in another place in the Bible, it says that God cannot tempt anyone with evil. So this is simply for our benefit.

Bottom line, this is the model for prayer, and Christ felt like this was important enough to put it in there, we should follow this example.

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  1. We like the idea of being delivered from the evil one...the devil. We, as Christians, would never say we want anything to do with the devil, right? But do we really desire to be delivered from our temptations? Sound confusing? Well, being delivered might require 'change' on our part as God convicts us about what we are doing, where we are going, what we are watching, who we are with, etc. When we pray for deliverance, are we also asking God to help us be pure? In today's realm of Christianity, do we really want purity? Something to think about!

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  2. That's a really good thought..I have been talking to several of my friends about the idea of how we live our lives and I think this goes along with it..Perhaps Christ put this in there because He knew we would be tempted to not want to be delievered..sometimes it's so easy to want or to actually give in to temptation..

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