The Lord’s Prayer 30 Day Challenge: Day #11 “Lead Me Not”
For the most part I find myself praying more for what I want to happen than what I don’t want to happen. Can you relate?
In The Lord’s Prayer, I’m reminded that I need to also be praying for what I don’t want: “Lead us not into temptation.”
What would have happened to me in the wilderness? I can never forget how schematic the devil is and that he even tried to tempt the greatest man/God who walked this earth in an effort to defeat God’s plan of salvation. How dare I NOT pray as a pastor for the church or for my own life, “Lead us not into temptation.” From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we lay our heads down, we are being tempted and often times with those same three things Satan tried to tempt Jesus with:
- I have the right to have what I “think” I need (no suffering/I deserve to be treated special mentality)
- I have the right to rule over others (significance/power/I deserve it all mentality)
- I have the right to abuse my power (I deserve it now mentality)
The Lord’s Prayer reminds me the kingdom, the power, and the glory belong to God alone and probably the biggest evil I could be tempted with is “I deserve mentality:” I deserve the kingdom, I deserve power, and I deserve it now.
The lack of this prayer “Lead Me Not” is most undoubtedly the biggest downfall of our prayer life, our self-leadership, and our church leadership.