And lead us not to love temptation!

Our Father who art in heaven…And lead us not to love temptation

 

As a nightly ritual,  my son says his prayers before we read a Bible story together.

 

The recitation of ‘Our Father who art in Heaven’ has changed throughout the years. We started off with him trying to mimic the sounds that I was making to him being able to recite completely by himself.

 

However, one night, as he was trying to speed the prayer in order to reach the Bible story segment of our routine, he stumbled on one line that made me pause and ponder.

 

Instead of: ‘And lead us not into temptation’, he said: ‘And lead us not to love temptation’.

 

Do we love temptation?

Do we flirt with temptation and then blame it when we stumble?

Is temptation a concrete adversary or simply another arrow in the quiver to make us falter?

 

‘For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places’ (Ephesians 6:12).

 

When I examine our tendencies, you can certainly make the argument that we gravitate towards temptation.

 

Day to day applications:

 

As a concrete, albeit simplistic example, why do I load up the fridge with high-fat cheeses if I am trying to lose weight?

 

Similarly, why do we engage in conversations that we know will eventually lead to gossip?

 

More importantly, how do we abstain from flirting with temptation?

 

In my search for an answer, I stumbled across this great summary: Spiritual weapons to fight the devil

 

First, to arm ourselves against the devil and sin, we must fast and pray to strengthen our Spirit so we can draw closer to our Lord. Second, we must know our Bible well and inscribe in our heart the verses that comfort and strengthen us in times of temptation. Third we must persist.

 

 

Amen.

In Christ,

Mireille

Other articles you might enjoy: Father God I Wonder

Additional Coptic resources on this topic: Spiritual weapons to fight the devil

Recommended Children’s Book on this topic: Philo and the Faithfulness SuperHoly

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After graduating with a Major in Journalism, Mireille’s career path took an unexpected turn away from her beloved pen and paper. It took an equally unexpected turn of events for Mireille to start writing again.After spending many hours (too many!) watching super hero cartoons with her son, she realized that most Christian children are unaware of their superpowers!She set about creating the SuperHolies: the Fruits of the Holy Spirit re-imagined as superpowers to grab the children’s attention and teach them about their faith and its glory.

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