“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.” – Matthew 6:13
Odds are he wont listen, at least not in the way we think is best.
We will be tempted, we will be put through times of evil. One translation of the prayer called being tempted the time of trial. That seems likely too.
I’ve met people that haven’t been tempted, and perhaps that’s their charism, their extra gift of God’s grace. I’ve met people that claim to have been neither tempted nor to have strayed. These I doubt a bit more, but perhaps that’s the gift of God’s grace for them.
Doubting isn’t terribly nice of me.
Not being tempted is not the same as not being put through trial or going through times of evil.
In order for this prayer to be real, the request needs to be genuine.
Perhaps this’s an honest admission that we are in temptation and/or trial.
For those who struggle, who can’t see the light of day, these words, a reminder that we never were meant to go through things alone.
It’s likely that this prayer was meant to be a liturgy, a daily work of devotion. Every day a reminder that we are headed into temptation, trial, and evil. When we can admit that we need this help day to day, perhaps it wont be so hard to actually rely on those people around us as well as the man on the cross.
The prayer is a patent denial to anyone who believes the little lies of life:
“You can do this alone”
“No one can help”
“Just one more time”
The Lord teaches us to pray in such a way that we cannot deny our need for help. Or the construct of our being made for relationship.
If your Nerve, deny you—
Go above your Nerve—
He can lean against the Grave,
If he fear to swerve – Emily Dickinson