PRAY THAT YE ENTER NOT INTO TEMPTATION
By Charles H. Spurgeon
'Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil (or, the evil one.') - Luke 11:4
What we are taught to seek or shun in prayer, we should equally pursue or avoid in
action. Very earnestly, therefore, should we avoid temptation, seeking to walk so
guardedly in the path of obedience, that we may never tempt the devil to tempt us.
We are not to enter the thicket in search of the lion.
Dearly might we pay for such presumption. This lion may cross our path or leap
upon us from the thicket, but we have nothing to do with hunting him. He that
meeteth with him, even though he winneth the day, will find it a stern struggle.
Let the Christian pray that he may be spared the encounter.
Our Saviour, who had experience of what temptation meant, thus earnestly
admonished His disciples - 'Pray that ye enter not into temptation.'
But let us do as we will, we shall be tempted; hence the prayer 'deliver us
from evil.' God had one Son without sin; but He has no son without temptation.
The natural man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards, and the Christian
man is born to temptation just as certainly. We must be always on our watch
against Satan, because, like a thief, he gives no intimation of his approach.
Believers who have had experience of the ways of Satan, know that there
are certain seasons when he will most probably make an attack, just as at
certain seasons bleak winds may be expected; thus the Christian is put on a
double guard by fear of danger, and the danger is averted by preparing to
Prevention is better than cure: it is better to be so well armed that the devil
will not attack you, than to endure the perils of the fight, even though you
come off a conqueror. Pray first that you may not be tempted, and next that if
temptation be permitted, you may be delivered from the evil one.
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.