And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:13)

We know from other passages of Scripture that God will never tempt us (Jas. 1:13). He does allow us to be tested (Jas. 1:2-3), but even in the testing he provides a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). John MacArthur explains that this verse is truly prayed by the one who understands his own sin and what it means for his relationship with God, and, therefore, desires above all else to be kept from sin. He also identifies submission to the word of God as the way of escape and our protection from sin (Jas. 4:7; Ps. 119:11).

Pray today that we, as a church and as individuals, would be kept from sin—that there would be nothing in us that would be a blemish on the Church or on the name of our Lord. Pray that our community would be able to look at us and see Christ and not a bunch of hypocrites delighting in their own sins while condemning the sins of others. Finally, pray that we would treasure God’s word in our heart that we might not sin against him (Ps. 119:11)—that we would be controlled by the word of God and not our own fleshly desires.

This petition is another plea for God to provide what we in ourselves do not have. It is an appeal to God to place a watch over our eyes, our ears, our mouth, our feet, and our hands—that in whatever we see, hear, or say, and in any place we go and in anything we do, He will protect us from sin. (John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew 1-7)