Temptation

Hawaiian Pidgin English

God, you our Fadda, you stay inside da sky.
We like all da peopo know fo shua how you stay, an dat you stay good an spesho,
An we like dem give you plenny respeck.
We like you come King fo everybody now.
We like everybody make jalike you like, Ova hea inside da world,
Jalike da angel guys up inside da sky make jalike you like.
Give us da food we need fo today an every day.
Hemmo our shame, an let us go fo all da kine bad stuff we do to you,
Jalike us guys let da odda guys go awready,
And we no stay huhu wit dem fo all da kine bad stuff dey do to us.
No let us get chance fo do bad kine stuff,
But take us outa dea, so da Bad Guy no can hurt us.
Cuz you our King. You get da real power, an you stay awesome foeva.
Dass it!

Don’t think that simplicity of language in the above version leads to a diminished Lord’s Prayer. You may be stumped by a few words, but after reading through a couple of times you will begin to understand it better, and I trust that you will see it as a valid expression of the Lord’s Prayer.

There is nothing wrong with being tempted (No let us get chance fo do bad kine stuff). Jesus was tempted to do some horrific things. Satan placed before Jesus some proposals that were very tempting, such as a promise (and don’t think Satan wouldn’t have kept that promise) to give him all the nations of the earth upon the bending of Jesus’ knee before him. This was a real temptation. Satan had the authority to do it. Jesus resisted. Jesus rebuked Satan with the truth and greater authority of the Bible.

The prospect of sinning had entered Jesus’ head. He rejected it. You may feel that certain temptations make you feel sullied – you shouldn’t be thinking such impure, idolatrous, disobedient, faithless or ungodly thoughts. But temptation places the thoughts or desires in you. It’s what you do about them that counts. Do I wallow in them or do I deal with them?

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see him there,
Who made an end to all my sin.

When we ask God to lead us not into temptation we are not praying that he will keep us away from it. Our prayer is that God will keep us away from temptations we are not yet able to resist. We have to face up to temptation:

Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can’t make up your mind. Be sad and sorry and weep. Stop laughing and start crying. Be gloomy instead of glad.

James 4:7-9

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. But we cannot resist in our strength alone. We have neither the power nor the authority of ourselves to resist the works of the devil. Only under the supreme power and covering of Jesus are we safe.

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Before the throne of God above: original words by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892), alternate words and music by Vikki Cook ©1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.