This week we discussed the last verse from the Lord’s Prayer.
When we ask God to keep us from temptation, He will give us the strength to abstain from it, but we must also do our part in choosing to live a life of obedience to God. Romans 6:15, tells us “Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval.”
Some of us need to make tough choices regarding our lifestyle to keep ourselves from temptation. Placing boundaries in our life can help us when we are faced with temptation. So often we want to do everything we can up until the line of sin. Notice the verse says “lead us not into temptation”. Being tempted is not a sin- Jesus was tempted, but he did not sin! This verse is asking for God to help us from even being tempted. We should strive to stay as far away from the “line” (whatever your weakness is) as possible to remove the temptation from our lives. For example, if you struggle with excessive drinking, a bar is probably not a smart place to go. That decision would be an instant temptation for your weakness. Instead we should avoid situations where we would even be tempted.
Believe it or not, Jesus understands what we go through and our struggle with sin. Hebrews 2:14 tells us that Jesus came into this earth in human form, and in verse 18 says, “Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted”.
Hebrews 4:15 also emphasizes this by saying He, “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin”.
Jesus Chose Obedience
Hebrews 5:8 “So even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.”
I never really thought about this before, but Jesus had to choose to obey God while on this earth. He wasn’t exempt from the decision. He had to choose what was right over what felt good at the moment.
Matthew 26:36-41 describes the anguish and pain Jesus went through in accepting the suffering he would have to go through. Jesus was asking for a way out, he didn’t want to go through it, but he desired God’s will above his own. This gives me hope and comfort knowing that Jesus understands how I feel when I don’t want to go through pain and suffering- He felt the same way.
Jesus emphasized prayer as a way to escape our temptation. When he was in the garden praying, he said to his disciples in Matthew 6:41, “Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!”
By living a life of prayer, God will keep us from temptation. He helps us in our weakness as we choose to obey Him and put His desire for our lives above our sinful desires.