"And lead us not into temptation..." Matthew 6:13a & Luke 11:4b "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations....Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man," James 1:2, 12-13 I know that I'm missing something here, but what that is I am unable to articulate, and therefore I'd like to read what you folks out there have to say about this. In the Matthew and Luke passages cited above (part of what's commonly called "The Lord's Prayer"), what exactly is Jesus asking His Father to do? I know that there are two different meanings commonly applied to the word "temptation." One is defined as "an enticement to do evil." If you apply that definition, it doesn't make any sense. Why would the Son of God pray that His Father not lead us into something He's not going to do anyway? (James 2:13) "Temptation" can also refer to a "testing or trying of one's faith" (cf. I Peter 1:6-7). If you apply that definition, why would the Son of God pray that His Father not lead us into something over which James says we should rejoice (1:2), whose recepients he considers blessed (1:12), and what Peter says is something "much more precious than gold" (I Peter 1:7)? As I said, I know I'm missing something here, but exactly what is it that I'm overlooking?