"LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION"?
Why should Believers pray this? Why would our heavenly Father "lead us into temptation" anyway?
Temptations are the devil's speciality. But when Believers are tempted they have a choice. Yield to it or simply submit yourselves to the Word of Christ, resist the enemy and end his hold.
Remember this, to yield to temptation is to give Satan access and to lead. The right to lead a Believer belongs only to the Holy Spirit.
Yielding to temptation is giving a place of legal spiritual authority to the devil to lead.
The overarching thing in the "prayer" for Believers is that spiritual authority over their lives belongs to their heavenly Father, exclusively. "For yours is the kingdom".
James describes the situation and warns about the danger of desiring:
"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.
"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare," 1 Timothy 6'9.
It's good to keep in mind that being tempted is not sinning.
And here's a great blessing to know:
"No temptation has overtaken you
except such as is common to man; but 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.
Be on guard:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith .., 1 Peter 5'8-9.
"... taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one," Ephesians 6'16.
"... above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God," Ephesians 6'16,17.
Jesus knows that Satan's aim is to steal the Father's kingdom, power and glory out of Believers' lives. Don't co-operate with him:
"Be angry and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil," Ephesians 4'27-28.
The Lord Himself experienced the enemy's antagonistic efforts so that His followers can have victory.