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Save Us From the Time of Trial
By Elizabeth Losa
The Book of
Common Prayer’s contemporary Lord’s Prayer seemed such an improvement to me
that I began using it in my private devotions even while my church continues to
use the traditional form. The newer translation calls a sin a sin, rather than
a stroll across the grass. It speaks person to person rather
than using "Thy" which is artificial to my speech, and it
allows us to contemplate the kingdom, the power and the glory before ascribing
And saying “Save us in the time of
trial…” answers my childhood objection that a good God would not even think of
leading us into temptation. Indeed when older persons explained to me
that God tries us and it makes us stronger, I never bought it.
But I realized this week that I was reading the
phrase incorrectly, it is actually rendered, “Save us from the
time of trial.” At first I thought that perhaps the preposition was just
the choice the translators made for some difficult word. So I went to the
BibleGateway Website where there are many translations of the Bible including
59 in English. Many were “lead us not into temptation.’ and others spoke
of being delivered from trial. Not one addressed being in the trial
Then I found myself asking why Jesus would
include this in his prayer. And it suddenly made sense. He was led to the
wilderness to be tempted. The devil left him only for a time. But when those trials
come to us, he is praying that we may be delivered from doing,
becoming or being the evil that separates us from God.
God’s answer to
our prayers is wiser and more loving than the requests and Jesus recognized
that trials would come but God would be with him. Now I can pray that
corporate prayer without reservations.
You can compare the two versions below.
And, if you are interested in exploring the true intention of each verse as it pertains to you, here's an interesting interpretation to feed your curiosity.
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