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. THE PRESENT SCENE OF THE CHRISTIAN ONE OF TEMPTATION.
1. There are temptations that arise from the power of Satan.
2. From the world.
3. From within the Christian.
II. THE PETITION.
1. The entire exemption of the believer from temptation would be exemption from some of the greatest blessings of his life.
2. We are not to infer that God can solicit men to evil.
3. The prayer is that God would, by His providence, keep His child out of the way of temptation.
4. That God would either weaken the power or remove entirely all existing temptation.
5. It is a petition that God would not withdraw His restraining check from the believer.
6. It asks to be preserved from the great tempter.
III. PRACTICAL CONCLUSIONS:
1. While praying not to be led into temptation, we should be watchful against voluntarily running into it
2. The unselfishness of the petition — "us."
3. It is offered in the name of the Tempted One.
(Dr. O. Winslow.)
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.