"…And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.” (Lk 11: 4)
This part of the Lord’s Prayer usually gives rise to questions. But today I’d like to reflect on the answer; the answer to which it points. It points me to the ultimate answer, the ultimate solution to the challenges of “temptation”: God’s power. The Lord tells me in His prayer something I have been learning from experience: that my own “power,” be it of will, of self-knowledge, of scientific or psychological analysis or whatever, is not the ultimate answer to the challenges of “temptation” or “the evil one.” While I have found that I can quite ably, at times even scientifically, take apart the workings of the will and mind, I am nonetheless not able to put them back together again. The power to “restore” wholeness to my humanity in its thinking, wanting, and acting, belongs to God. That is to say, “salvation” is a job only He can accomplish, in us and with us.
Today let me focus on the Solution, because the “problem” is well-known to me. Let me seek the power of God throughout my daily routine, in communion with Him. Because I have tried my own power, and failed. Let me let God be the God of my life today, letting His will be done. “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”