“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – For Young Children

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;”

Jesus taught us not to follow the temptations of the devil. The “devil” is just a Bible name for bad or evil thoughts that come to us. Because these bad thoughts are not from God, good, we do not want to listen to them, or be tricked into doing anything wrong. If we do listen to evil thoughts and words, we are being “tempted.” This “temptation” is something we want to turn from fast! We pray to God to lead us away from the temptations of evil. We only want to listen to the voice of God. These messages of God can come to us through angel thoughts. You will want to be still, and listen for them. Angels will lead us away from temptation to safety, and keep us from doing the wrong things that might harm ourselves or others.

“And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.”

Evil beliefs, or temptations, seem to come to us in the form of sin, disease, and death. We can get fooled into thinking that God sends these bad things to us, perhaps to test us, or teach us a lesson. But God, who is also Love, is right there to help us get away from sin,
disease, and death. God is like a Mother to us all, and wants us to obey Her. By our
obedience to God, we can stay away from all the tricks of the devil that would make us feel bad or act bad. We want to follow only the leaders who lead to good, to health, and to Love.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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