Q. 106. What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
A. In the sixth petition, which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, we pray that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.
The sixth petition grapples with the reality of the world, the flesh, and the devil, those areas or realms from which our temptations stem. That we might be delivered from evil is rightly translated, “deliver us from the evil one,” and, thus, relates specifically to the devil. Temptations abound. They come from within and without. And in this petition we pray that we would not succumb to them.
Praying this petition also makes us think about the reality of temptation. That is, when we pray this we cannot help … Read More »