“And lead us not into temptation”
Meditation 2: “Lead” is Unmerited
If temptation comes from ourselves (Jam 1:13-14) and God provides escape (1 Cor 10:13), then we must acknowledge that God’s leading us away from temptation is a blessing and example of His mercy.
This is the blessing of being found in God, He promises us things we do not deserve and then instructs us to pray in fulfillment of this promise. Instead of being a request that instills fear, this request of God is meant to bring hope. Those who pray in Christ’s name for His promises will receive them (John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-26).