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And do not lead us into temptation

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And do not lead us into temptation


In Church Slavonic

Lord Jesus Christ, open your ears, hear your word, and understand and do your will, as a stranger am upon the earth: not a scorn of your commandments, but my eyes open, that I may understand the wonders of your law; tell me the unknown and the secret of thy wisdom. I hope in Thee, O my God, yes, enlighten the mind and sense with the light of your mind not only written in honor, but I also create, but I cannot read the saints of life and words to myself, but in the update, and the enlightenment, and the shrine, and the salvation of the soul, and the inheritance of life everlasting. Yako thou art enlighten those who lie in darkness and from You is every gift of good and every gift is perfect. Amen.

In Russian

Lord Jesus Christ, open to me my heart’s ears, so that I, having heard Your Word, enlightened it, and fulfilled Your will, because I am a stranger on earth. Do not hide your commandments from me, but open my eyes, so that I may understand (a) miracles from your law. Tell me your unknown and secret wisdom. I trust in You, my God, and I believe that You will enlighten my mind and meaning with the light of the knowledge of You, and that then I will not only read what is written, but also fulfill it. Make me not in sin to myself. Your Word read (a), but in renewal and in enlightenment, and in the shrine, and in the salvation of the soul, and in the inheritance of eternal life. For You, Lord, are those who lie in darkness, and from You are every good gift and every perfect gift. Amen.

Keep silent for a minute.

Read the Lord’s Prayer

9 Pray thus: Our Father in heaven! hallowed be thy name;
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
(Mat.6: 9-13)

Slowly reread the sixth petition: And do not lead us into temptation and think about these words for two or three minutes. You can just slowly repeat them out loud or to yourself, focusing on their meaning. If you have any thoughts or questions, write them down.

Answer the questions:

How do you understand what temptation is?
How do you understand the meaning of this petition? What are we asking God for?

reference Information

In Greek, the word that here and in other places of the New Testament is translated as “temptation” means “temptation, or trial”. The verb, from which this word comes, means “to make an attempt, to try,” “to put to the test, to try, to try,” “to seduce, to seduce”. Those. Every time when it comes to tempting us, it is also about testing our faith and our loyalty to God.

Be still for a minute, without reading anything, and pray again.
Slowly, two or three times, read the passage from the Epistle of the Apostle James.
Epistle of James, chapter 1

2 With great joy, my brethren, when you fall into various temptations,
3 knowing that testing your faith produces patience;
4 But patience must have perfect action, so that you will be perfect in its entirety, without any deficiency.
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because, having been tested, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love Him.
13 In the temptation, say no one: God tempts me; because God is not tempted by evil and Himself does not tempt anyone,
14 but everyone is tempted, enticed and enticed by his own lust;
15 But lust after conceiving gives birth to sin, but sin that has been made brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change and no shadow of change.

Write down the thoughts and questions that you have.

Formulate and write down the Christian attitude to temptation on the basis of the petition "And do not lead us into temptation" and the passage from the Epistle of the Apostle James.

If you want to share your thoughts with other people, you can answer the questions here.

Read one or two interpretations on the petition "and do not lead us into temptation."

St. John of Cassian the Roman
Svmmch.Kiprian Carthage
St. John Chrysostom
St.Nicolas Serbian

Rev. John Cassian the Roman

In this case, an important question is born. If we pray that we are not subjected to temptation, then how can we prove the firmness of our virtue, which the Holy Scripture demands? “Do not be bitter,” he says, “little news” (Сir.34, 10) (Russian translation: He who has not had experiences, knows little). And again: “blessed is the husband, his ilk will endure temptation” (James 1, 12). So, the words of the prayer: “Do not lead us into temptation” – do not mean that “do not let us ever be tempted,” but “do not let us be conquered in temptation.” Job was tempted, but not tempted, for “I will not give insanity to God” (Job, 1, 22) “Russian translation: In all this, Job did not sin and did not say anything unreasonable about God,” and what the tempter wanted to attract. Abraham was tempted, Joseph was tempted, but neither of them was brought into temptation, for not one of them did the will of the tempter.

Martyr Cyprian of Carthage

Further, the Lord gives us, as a necessary instruction, to speak in prayer: "And do not lead us into temptation." This shows that the enemy has no power over us, unless there is a prior assumption of God. Therefore, all our fear, all reverence and attention should be turned to God, since the evil one cannot tempt us unless he is given authority from above. The evidence is the words of the Divine Scripture: “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered into his hand ”(Dan.1.1-2). But the evil one is given power over us according to our sins, as the Scripture says: “Who betrayed Jacob for the destruction of Israel and the robbers? Is not the Lord, against whom we have sinned? They did not want to walk in His ways and did not obey His law. And He poured out on them the wrath of His wrath ”(Is. 42: 24-25). Also about Solomon, when he surrendered and turned away from the commandments and ways of the Lord, it is said: “And God will raise up an adversary to Solomon” (1 Kings 11, 23) However, the power over us is given with a twofold purpose: either for punishment, when we sin, or for glory, when we are tested, as was done for Job, according to the clear instructions of God, who says: “behold, yours; but do not stretch out your hand on him ”(Job.1,12). In the same way, the Lord, in the time of suffering, says in His Gospel: “You would not have any authority over Me if it were not given to you from above” (In.19,11). Meanwhile, when we ask, but do not be tempted, then with such a request we bring ourselves to the consciousness of our weakness and weakness so that no one will ever know about himself, that no one with pride and arrogance confers on himself the glory of confession or suffering then, as the Lord himself, teaching humility, said: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mk.14,38). Thus, it is necessary to have a firstly humble and humble consciousness and provision of everything to God, so that what was humbly requested from Him with the fear of God and reverence, was granted by His goodness.

St. John Chrysostom

"And do not lead us into temptation." Here, the Savior clearly shows our insignificance and degrades pride, teaching us not to abandon exploits and arbitrarily not rush to them; thus, victory will be more brilliant for us, and defeat is more sensitive for the devil. As soon as we are involved in the struggle, we must stand courageously; and if there is no call to her, then we must calmly wait for the time of exploits, in order to show ourselves both ugly and courageous. "Lead us not into temptation." Truly many sorrows are inflicted on us by the devil, many from people who are either clearly insulting or secretly malicious. And the body, sometimes rebelling at the soul, causes grievous harm; and sometimes being exposed to various diseases, causes us grief and suffering. Therefore, since many and various disasters attack us from many sides, we are taught to ask God for all deliverance from them. For when it is forbidden, all confusion ceases, the storm turns into silence and the ashamed, wicked one leaves; as once, leaving the people, he retired to the pigs, not even daring to do this without orders (Mf.8,31). And who does not even have power over the pigs, how can he be possessed by people protected by God?

St. Nicholas the Serbian

Oh, how little a man needs in order to turn away from You and turn to idols! He is surrounded by temptations like storms, and he is as weak as foam on the crest of a turbulent mountain stream. If he is rich, he immediately begins to think that he is equal to You, or puts You behind him, or even decorates his house with Your faces, as luxuries. When evil knocks at his door, he falls into the temptation to bargain with you or just throw you away. If you urge him to sacrifice himself, he is indignant. If you send him to death, he trembles. If you offer him all earthly pleasures, in temptation he poisons and kills his own soul. If you open him with the laws of your care, he grumbles: "The world is wonderful in itself, and without the Creator." We are embarrassed by Your holiness, oh our Holy God. When You call us to the light, we, like night moths, rush into the darkness, but, having thrown ourselves into the darkness, we look for the light. A network of many roads stretches before us, but we are afraid to reach the end of at least one of them, because temptation is waiting for us on any edge. And the path that leads to you is barred by many temptations and many, many failures. Before you find temptation, it seems to us that you accompany us like a bright cloud. However, when the temptation begins, you disappear. We turn around in anxiety and silently ask ourselves: what is our mistake, where are you, do you exist or are you not? In all our temptations, we ask ourselves: “Are you truly our Father?” All our temptations throw the same questions into our minds that the whole world around us asks us day after day and from night to night: “What do you think of the Lord ? ”“ Where is He and who is He? ”“ Are you with or without Him? ”Give me strength, Father and Creator, so that at any moment of my life I can correctly respond to every possible temptation. The Lord is the Lord. He is where I am and where I am not. I give my passionate heart to Him and stretch my arms to His holy clothes, I reach out to Him like a child to my beloved Father. How could I live without Him? This means that I myself could live without myself. How can I be against Him? This means that I myself will be against myself. The righteous son follows his father with reverence, peace and joy. Bringing Your inspiration into our souls, Our Father, so that we may become Your righteous sons.

Other patristic interpretations for the petition "And do not lead us into temptation," you can find here.

Answer the question
What important thoughts did you see in the patristic interpretations?

Personal question:
What temptations are there in your life now?

Sum up

What important for you did you understand as a result of reflection, answers to questions, familiarity with interpretations?


Option 1.
Highlight 6 areas of your life that are important to you (the same as in the previous tasks).

Every day, describe how one of these areas will look like if you live a holy life.
List what temptations interfere or may interfere with the holiness of your life in this area.
Formulate how you can resist each of these temptations.
During the prayer on this day, saying “do not lead us into temptation,” especially keep in mind these temptations

At the next meeting you can optionally share the results.

Option 2.
Remember your familiar brothers and sisters, especially those whom you commemorated after “ours”. Think about their temptations. If you are judging someone of them for something, think about how they are not coping with temptation. During the week, reading “Our Father,” in the words “and do not lead us into temptation,” bear in mind not only your own and your own temptations, but also these people.

The material was prepared by Tatyana Zaitseva, editor of the Gospel Groups section.
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