If you would prefer to download this teaching in AUDIO form and listen at your convenience, please right-click (mobile users, press-and-hold) the following link and select “Save-As” to download.

You can also download the PDF file here:
http://torahfamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Feb.-21-PDF.pdf

Feb 21

Hello and thanks for joining in on to today’s daily devotion. Today is Sunday. February 21st. The 1st day of the Hebraic week.

Our verse today is Matthew 6:13.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Concluding our look at the Lord’s prayer, today we look at verse 13. A verses that almost seems too elementary. I mean, think about it. Do we really need to pray not to be led into temptation? Do we really need to pray to be delivered from the evil?

First, let it be known that He may at times lead us into temptation. Now I know what your thinking “Steve, YHWH doesn’t tempt us to do evil.” And I 100% agree. He doesn’t, yet, He may at times allow us to be tempted. So, though He may not be the one tempting us, He will allow us to be tempted.

You see, just as much as I believe this is a request to Him, I believe it is to be a reminder to ourselves not to put ourselves in those circumstances. How can we pray for something and then turn around only to willfully walk right into what we prayed to avoid? It would be complete hypocrisy.

But the question is “Do you really want to avoid temptation?” Sounds like a silly question I know. But if you have a sin in your life that you are not willing to give up, you may find it hard to say this part of the prayer with a sincere heart. Oh, sure, we can say it. But, do we mean it?

If we’re going to pray “Lead us not into temptation.” We have to make the conscious choice to not willfully walk towards it either.

Let this be a focus in your time of meditation throughout the day. Until tomorrow, shalom!