“Lead us not into temptation” sounds odd to many Christians. Why would God lead us into possible sin anyway? What does this mean?
The structure of the phrase is a Greek language construct that really means “lead us so that we do not fall into temptation” or “lead us away from temptation.” Often the original languages of Scripture (Hebrew or Greek) have odd ways of saying things, which made sense to them at the time but which we may be a little puzzled by two thousand years later.
God would not and could not lead us into temptation, since temptation is the suggestion that someone disobey God and commit sin. God does not carry out sting operations, and He is never guilty of entrapment, either. The Devil is the tempter, not God. This phrase, put clumsily in English, merely asks God to protect us when we are tempted and asks that once we discover we are being tempted, God help us to resist and fight the temptation or get us away from it.
The Catechism says in # 2848: “‘Lead us not into temptation’ implies a decision of the heart: ‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also… No one can serve two masters.’ … God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, so that you may be able to endure it.”