Read Matthew 6:13
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one. (NLT)
This final phrase of the Lord’s Prayer is a reminder that life on earth can be a troubling or dangerous thing. The word ‘temptation’ can also mean ‘testing’. It may seem odd to pray for absence of testing or temptation when elsewhere in the Bible these are seen as means of strengthening our faith.
Perhaps the idea is that we are praying we do not succumb to temptation, we do not fail the test. Our translation seems to take that approach. God is never going to deliberately lead us into bad situations, but he does allow us to be exposed to them. So we pray that when such a situation occurs, we will be equipped by God to stay true to him.
All this is necessary because the evil one is always prowling around trying to derail us and have us lose heart. This petition of the Lord’s Prayer is a reminder that we can’t avoid being tested and tempted by the evil one: not even Jesus could do that. It is also a reminder that we have at hand our source of deliverance. Evil may be strong, but our good God is stronger.