And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Mat 6:13
The Reformation Study Bible says of this verse: “The forgiven pray this petition because they trust God and they distrust themselves. The Father may test us (Mat 4:1; Deut. 8:2), but He will not allow us to be tempted beyond our capacity (1 Cor. 10:13).” As Christians we are not to take a triumphalistic approach, even with regards to sin. This is an approach that sees one’s self as invincible and proud in their approach to temptation and sinning. No, we need to be sober-minded and realise that we have an enemy whose is like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour. God says, “…if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
We express our dependence on God by asking him to keep us from evil. We don’t approach the subject with unhealthy fear, but with sober assessment of the reality of evil and with the prevailing confidence in the God who is greater than evil and whose goodness wins in the end. Today, ask God to keep you pure in every area of life – in your thoughts, your words and your actions. God is good and his grace will keep you.