Matthew 6:13a And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
When Jesus spoke about temptation, He knew what he was talking about. After his baptism, Hewas led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days of battle with Satan (Luke 4:1-2). Throughout his time on earth, Jesus battled with the enemy again and again. Because of His destiny and calling as the Messiah and Saviour of the world, He bore a level of temptation that we will never know.
Yet we are not exempt from testing. When Satan demanded permission to put Simon Peter to the test, the Father did not refuse this request. Instead, He commissioned Jesus to pray for this brash, foolhardly, overconfident disciple, that his “faith [would] not fail”, and that after the test, he would “turn again [and] strengthen his brothers”. (Luke 22:31-32 ESV)
So when we ask Father not to lead us into temptation, we are really asking two things. Do not let me fall into temptation that is too big for me to handle, and when I do come into seasons of intense spiritual battle, help me come through into victory (1 Corinthians 10:13).
As always, for the believer, Jesus is the Father’s answer to this cry. “He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NIV)