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Come near to God, and he will come near to you

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Aug 9, 2015

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Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 6:13

Why does Jesus tell us to pray this prayer? Would the Father actually ever lead us into temptation? Why does He even allow the evil one to try to influence our lives and whisper in our ears?

I used to puzzle over these questions – but I’ve come to notice a very valuable side-benefit of temptation, and wonder if this may be at least a partial answer to these “why” questions.

And it’s this: If we let our temptations drive us straight to Jesus, always looking for His help – what the enemy has meant for evil ends up benefiting and blessing us. And eventually, seeing that their attempts to lead us astray are just driving us closer and closer to our Lord and Master… the powers of darkness do eventually lose interest in even trying.

We can take confidence in the truth of 1 Cor 10:13 – that our Father will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. And that when we are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that we can stand up under it. But it is essential that we do our part in this. When we do – when we draw near to Him – when we come to Him for the help we need, *He will provide it.*

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 4:7-8

 

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