Have you ever considered what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer? In the Good News recorded by Matthew, Jesus says this is how we should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.*
We’ve seen how the last sentence can be read as, “You don’t lead us into temptation but You deliver us from evil.”
There are tools we can use to fight temptation but with the enemies Satan and self, you ultimately don’t have a hope on earth. Thankfully, you do have a hope in heaven.
The Bible’s letter called Hebrews tells us: But Jesus, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (See Hebrews 7:24-27)
Jesus intercession is when he stands between us and the enemy of our lives. Jesus sacrifice – and that includes his victory over the most intense temptation – enables him to be the true, great, and only, high priest that can deliver you; only Jesus can save you to the uttermost.
And that takes us right back to our text for today:
YOU don’t lead us into temptation, but YOU deliver us from evil.
Do you know where your help comes from?