The Danger of a Hard Heart

Michael Beck

“And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:4)

When we pray “lead me not into temptation” we are asking God not to harden our heart. We don’t want to be turned over to our evil, we want to be delivered from it. God never hardens a heart that is open to Him; who is praying “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” He hardens a heart that insists on its own way; that will only see what it wants to see; that has already hardened itself.

The last thing we should want is for God to turn us over to our own stubbornness. When the Lord says, “What you do, do quickly,” we are at an advanced stage of rebellion. We have been turned over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh. We must now learn the bitterly hard way what happens when we’ve turned our back on God, and refuse to hear what He has to say.

Are you praying “lead me not into temptation”? Then you are asking God to help you do what’s right. You are not focused on the evil being done to you; your biggest concern is the evil you are capable of doing. You want to be kept. You want God to save you from yourself.

Beware of hardening your heart to the ministry God would offer you. Let Him give you your daily bread. If you are open, He will give you all you need to be all He wants you to be.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.