And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
I. WHAT IS MEANT BY TEMPTATION? The primary idea is test, or trial for discovery. The test may be applied with various motives — by friend or foe.
1. Inducement to sin.
2. Afflictions or trials are temptations in the sense of being tests of faith.
3. Temptation for the distinct purpose of testing (Genesis 22:1).
II. WHAT IS MEANT BY ASKING GOD NOT TO LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION.
III. CONSOLATION for the tempted.
1. Temptation is not sin.
2. Temptation is not peculiar to the individual.
3. Christ Himself was tempted.
4. The prayer is presented to our Father.
IV. PRACTICAL LESSONS:
1. We should not go into temptation.
2. We must resist temptation in the way Christ Himself has appointed.
3. We should specially guard weak places in our defence.
4. Turn stumbling-blocks into stepping-stones.
5. We should not bring others into temptation.
(Newman Hall, LL. B.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.