The word “temptation” here is the Greek word peirasmos: test; trial; temptation.
We know from James 1:12-15 that God is neither tempted by evil nor does he tempt us to evil. We also know from this passage that testing of our faith is a good thing. In fact, earlier in the chapter, we are told to count it joy when we face trials (same word) of many kinds. So why should we ask God to not bring us into trials and testing?
Well, I may be off on this but, I suggest it’s because God knows our human nature. He knows that times of testing and trial are not what we all want to run into. Let’s face it, the fire surrounding that crucible is hot on purpose!!!
And, could it be that there are trials we go into unnecessarily? Or times of testing we could have avoided? I wonder how many trials I could have bypassed but instead had to endure because of my own stubbornness?!?!
I will echo the words of Jesus, “Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt 26:41)