Thursday, August 16, 2012

And Lead Us Not Into Temptation

I was praying with my three year old daughter last night (we recite the Lord's Prayer with the kids), and I came to the following line of the prayer:

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

This line contained new meaning for me.  In the past, I always recited this passively.  To me, it meant
"hey God, I'm just going about my life here, trying to follow you.  Please don't throw any curveballs my way and please keep Satan from messing things up."

Last night, I felt active when I prayed this line.  The meaning changed for me.  I thought,
"God, there is temptation all around me.  Please guide me and give me wisdom so that I am able to dodge and deal with those temptations."

I started asking God to move instead of asking him to stay back.

My focus changed last night in my prayer life.  The Lord's Prayer came alive for me in a new way.