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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 5: Matthew 6:13

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Some of the greatest blessings in my life have taken place in nursing homes and hospitals.Today, I don’t spend as much time in them as I probably ought to.But years ago, I used to visit a dear widow in my church back home, Ollie Hines.I remember in particular that often the Lord’s Prayer would come up, and when she got to the petition, “And lead us not into temptation,” she would stop and comment that she didn’t understand why we should pray this, because, as she observed, God would never lead us into temptation.Being rather young and inexperienced in my understanding of the Bible, I don’t think I ever was able to offer her an explanation of the verse; indeed, her observation perplexed me as well.
She was not alone.Commentators on this verse to this day have spent a lot of time trying to sort out the difficulty of this petition.The difficulty comes in like this.The word behind “temptation” is the Greek word peirasmos, and could …