12.1.7.2.7 "And do not lead us into temptation"

With the plea not to be led into temptation, believers beseech God to help them resist sin with all their strength. Furthermore, they ask that the trials of faith may not be too severe and that they may be protected from many of the temptations of Satan. However, God will permit temptations in the form of trials in order to give believers a chance to prove themselves in faith. An example of this is the harsh trial of Abraham when he was told to sacrifice his son (Genesis 22: 1-18).

God watches over our faithfulness to Him so that it does not break: "God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10: 13).

Apostle James wrote as follows concerning the temptation to sin: "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death" (James 1: 13-15). This reinforces the certainty that our heavenly Father–who through the Holy Spirit moves us to every good work and provides us with the strength to overcome our imperfections through the body and blood of Jesus–never tempts us to sin, but tests us to prove our faith.

See also