BCL Grow: Guard Your Heart — Matthew 6:13
Matthew 6:13 (Sanctification)
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.— Matthew 6:13
“It is not as if God tempted any to sin; but, ‘Lord, do not let Satan loose upon us; chain up that roaring lion, for he is subtle and spiteful; Lord do not leave us to ourselves (Ps. 19:13), for we are very weak; Lord, do not lay stumbling-blocks and snares before us, nor put us into circumstances that may be an occasion of falling.’ Temptations are to be prayed against, both because of the discomfort and trouble of them, and because of the danger we are in of being overcome by them, and the guilt and grief that then follow.” — Matthew Henry, A Commentary on the Whole Bible, Vol. 5, p. 75.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: Consider what it means to pray to God that he would not lead us into temptation. Why is this important to pray, and how does God answer?
2. Consider: God tempts no one to sin (James 1:13). Satan is the great tempter who often uses our own desires tempt us. Yet, we pray to God not to lead us into situations where Satan may assail us or where our desires might overcome us. God is faithful—he provides a way of escape for us (1 Cor. 10:13). He delivers us from evil. He has given us his word, especially his commands, exhortations, and encouragements, to help protect us and to deliver us from the snares of the devil.
3. Respond: Read God’s word and meditate on it with thoughtful repetition to help avoid common temptations. Guard your heart and mind by filling them with God’s word, especially his commands like those found in Colossians 3 where God calls us to set our mind on things above rather than on things below. Use your time wisely (Eph. 5:16), and take advantage of the means God has given us to guard and protect us from temptation. With gratitude and love, obey him (John 14:15) and be doers of the word, not only hearers (James 1:22).
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