The Lord’s Prayer: The Hold of Temptation

Well, here we go, the final of the Lord’s prayer series. I hope this has helped you discover the meaning behind what we pray and how we take that same prayer into our own lives. In the final part, we pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

The prayer ends with a cry. “Lord, I’ll follow you, but don’t let me fall into the temptations of my flesh, but deliver me from evil.” I want you to focus on that final word in context of the verse. Evil.

In my latest novel in progress, I focus on this virus that eats us from the inside out. Everyone believes this virus comes from an outside source, in other words, the devil. But in reality, the virus is our own flesh nature. It’s ourselves. The evil the disciples are crying to God to save them from is themselves.

Sometimes we place so much of our failures on the enemy, when most of the time the true fault lies with ourselves. This is where the miracle of the Gospel comes in!

Everyone has that one temptation, that one sinful desire they can’t shake. They try, but each time they give in they fall back down to earth. I want to give you some good news today. You’re free. What that means is that God’s grace is strong enough to catch you when you fall. Tenth Avenue North puts it best in their song, the Struggle. “Hallelujah, we are free to struggle, but we’re not struggling to be free!”

The good news is that when we fall, there’s grace, but that same grace is strong enough to free you from any hold your flesh has over you. You no longer have to sin, because sin and death was defeated on the cross. And what has replaced that sin? God has promised greater things than what our flesh has promises us.

You see, we don’t need to try to resist whatever temptations we’re facing, we just need to set our eyes on the greater pleasure that the Lord has promised, that He has given us fellowship with Himself. So in the end, it’s not that our temptations are too strong, they’re too weak. In this day and age, we’re too easily satisfied. We rush to grab whatever new technology that comes out, and in a month, it’s old, or something else will come up. The flesh works the same way.  No longer after you gave in the desire is back for more.

So in the end, rest in the knowledge that He has freed you, and live to seek Him. I promise that He will bestow upon you far greater pleasure than what this world can ever provide.