Some versions of this verse say, 'lead us not into temptation.' The original Greek word for temptation can also be translated trials. It could refer to either temptations or difficult situations. Jesus prayed that God would save him from the trial of being hung on a cross if it was possible.
James 1:13 says, Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others.
James 1:2-3 says, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
These verses in James also use the same Greek word, which translates and temptation and trial, as in Matthew 6. Regardless of whether these verses are referring to being tempted by sin or tried by difficult circumstances, the fact remains that God doesn't test or tempt us, that's just part of living in a fallen world. When we are tempted and tested it tests our faith and helps us to persevere.
The second part of the verse is a request to be delivered from the Evil One, his temptations, power and influence.
Matthew 5:38-39 says, You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, don’t fight back against someone who wants to do harm to you. If they hit you on the right cheek, let them hit the other cheek too.
In the Old Testament, the law stated that if you knocked out someone's tooth, one of yours would be knocked out as punishment. The moral behind this was that the punishment matched the crime. Jesus commanded us that if someone slaps you on the right cheek, to turn the left cheek to them also. This may seem bizarre but the principle is that we should not seek revenge. Peace and forgiveness should be our objectives. A slap on the face doesn't usually cause much serious damage but it is a source of shame. It's human nature to want revenge when someone hurts us, whether physically or our feelings.
Dear friends, don’t try to get even. Let God take revenge. In the Scriptures the Lord says, “I am the one to take revenge and pay them back.” The Scriptures also say, “If your enemies are hungry, give them something to eat. And if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. This will be the same as piling burning coals on their heads.”
As Christians, we are not only commanded to not seek revenge, but we are commanded to love our enemies and care for them. That is totally opposite to what the world says. Next time you're tempted to seek revenge, seek peace instead.
Jesus taught us to ask for forgiveness but he reminded us that we have to forgive others too. The Bible makes it very clear that forgiving others is a prerequisite for receiving forgiveness. Matthew 6:14-15 says, If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. These verses are very clear. YOU MUST FORGIVE OTHERS IF YOU WANT GOD TO FORGIVE YOU.
We live in a cancel culture where if you offend or upset someone, you're cancelled out. Here are some more verses from the Bible about forgiveness:
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when someone won’t stop doing wrong to me, how many times must I forgive them? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive them more than seven times. You must continue to forgive them even if they do wrong to you seventy-seven times.
Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ.
Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other.
God has generously forgiven us when we didn't deserve it and we should generously forgive others when they don't deserve it.
Jesus said to pray for the food you will eat, or your daily bread as some versions say, which probably refers to everything we need to survive - food, shelter, clothing, water... When Jesus taught this, people were paid day by day for the work they did that day. There was no sick leave, worker's compensation or holidays. If you didn't work that day, you probably didn't eat that day.
We are told to pray about these things but also, not to worry about them. Matthew 6:25-26 says, Don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are? God looks after the birds and you're much more important than them, so how much more will he look after you!
Psalm 16:5 says, Lord, you give me all that I need.
Psalm 145:16 You open your hands and give every living thing all that it needs.
God cares about our needs and invites us to pray about them.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.