With respect to any desire within each of us, we have to pay attention to what Apostle James wrote in his letter in James 1: 13-15, “but each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires.” God will never persuade us to commit transgression or to fulfil our soul with any desire which is opposite to His will. The Word of God says that each one is tempted by his own desire, meanwhile it is written in the Lord’s Prayer, “and lead us not into temptation”, which means God wants us not to drag ourselves to any desire which is opposite to His will. The next sentence is “but deliver us from evil”. The word “deliver” comes from its original text “rusai”, which has the same meaning as “deliver”. The term “evil” in its original text is poneros, which is translated into English in the King James Version Bible as “evil”. Those sentences in the Lord’s Prayer are intended that we do not build desire that is opposite to God’s will, because any desire that is not aligned with God’s will is actually evil.
There are several words in English that are translated as evil, among others are kakos and phaulos. Kakos refers to evilness of character, and phaulos refers to something bad in general. However, phoneros refers to evilness of mind that does not match God’s will. The word phoneros indicates a desire or lust which will cause a misery. An example from the Bible is King David, who watched Bathsheba from the roof of his palace, wanted her and slept with her, then murdered her husband. This was a cause of the long misery for himself, his family and his people. Therefore, when someone falls into misery, he should not say, “It is God who causes this misery.” Pay attention to what is written in James 1:14-15, “but each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then, when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.”
In the Lord’s Prayer, the phrase of “…but deliver us from evil,” is a calling for us to fill our heart with everything that is exactly just as God wants. That is why Paul said, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.“1 For this reason, our mind should always be renewed.2 Our heart can be illustrated as God’s garden that should not be loaded with our own favorite plants, but with what the Owner desires. It is why the Word of God says, “Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.”3
Consequently, these phrases from the Lord’s Prayer drive us to a joyful life. They are God’s effort to avoid us from the misery caused by our own mistakes. Many people say: Isn’t it better that we are led by God not into temptation. It is the same statement as: Why God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil at the center of Eden, so that man committed sin? In this case, actually God tests whom we choose. Whom that we want. God or the Devil. And it is obvious from whose will that we follow. Temptation is a chance to receive glory, because temptation will become the bridge to receive glory (James 1:12 Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him). Just like a college student will never attend the graduation ceremony unless he accomplishes his thesis and passes the test. There should be temptation and suffering before receiving the crown of life.4
1) Philipians 4:8; 2) Romans 12:2; 3) Proverbs 4:23; 4) Revelation 2:10.