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March 5, 2015


Lead Us Not into Temptation

Then does the hour of temptation have to come? Is it therefore permissible to pray in this way? Should we not simply pray that in the hour of temptation--which must surely come--we will be given the strength to overcome it? This idea claims to know more about temptation than Christ and to be more pious than the one who experienced the greatest temptation...

Does God have to allow Satan to have so much power? And who are we that we can talk about the idea that temptation must come? Do we sit on the divine council of God? And if temptation must indeed come—by virtue of a divine "must" that is incomprehensible to us--then Christ, the most tempted of all, calls us to pray against this divine necessity, not to deliver ourselves to temptation in a stoic, resigned fashion, but rather to flee from that dark necessity in which God submits his will to the devil, to appeal to that apparent divine freedom in which God treads the devil under foot. Lead us not into temptation! (Matt. 6:13 KJV)

"Be glad. Celebrate! Lose your mindless fear, and take courage today. No, don't ever be afraid, no matter what's happened to you before. That's right, don't be afraid, no matter what you may see coming. Take courage because Christ was crucified for you."

-Catherine of Siena, Letters

"Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one."

Matthew 6:9-13


Excerpted from:

God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and EasterGod Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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In God is on the Cross come forty soul-stirring devotions adapted from the pen of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

These writings, taken from letters and other compositions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross.

Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's works provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer's life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.

Reprinted from God Is on the Cross: Reflections of Lent and Easter by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Copyright 2012. Used by permission from Westminster John Knox Press.


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