not into temptation
Lead... not into temptation
Jesus taught his followers to pray that they may not be led into temptation, but that they may be delivered from evil. Nevertheless, He was driven by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. The account of Jesus' temptation is found in each of the four Gospels. He remained in the desert for forty days and forty nights, at which point the narrators say he was hungry.
Many have testified about the experience of God; when we seek God earnestly, to know His will and to live within His will, we may be drawn into a season of prayer and fasting, just like Jesus was at the start of His earthly work. It is as if the Holy Spirit draws a soul into a wilderness of time and space, into a solitude of spirit, at the end of which season the soul is hungry.
Solitude speaks of time, space and place; of fellowship with God. When we seek Him with all our hearts He bids us follow, as it were, into places where others cannot enter, into a private sanctuary of the spirit, where one communes with God. Solitude is private, each in his own.
Fasting and prayer are the bridge and course into the very heart of God. For forty days and nights Jesus stayed across the bridge. "He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye." Deut 32:10
My favorite season for reflection over His passion is Easter, which will be upon us very soon. We may recite and ponder the words in the prayer Jesus taught us, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." Mt 6:13
Fierce temptations may come, and they will;
He would be by your side, listening to you,
The wind may blow; the tide may turn against you;
Through all situations that may come your way,
The Father has provided for your every need.
As we draw near to God, we also ask, Lead... not into temptation