Of all the lines in the Lord’s prayer, the one we address today is perhaps the easiest to pray but the hardest to understand. Jesus instructs us to ask, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Who doesn’t want to be delivered from calamity? Even those who profess not to believe in God may find themselves in such a hopeless state that they call out for help. These words are easy to pray.
But how are we to understand them? What is the relationship between God and evil? And more fundamentally, are we really to believe that there is an “evil one” out there—Satan, the devil, red horns and all?
The Scriptures’ answer to these good questions may surprise you, whether you’re a Christian or not.
Title: Lead Us Not into Temptation
Text: Job 1.6–12, 2.1–8
- Satan and people
- Satan and God
- Satan and Jesus
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