17 Apr 2020
Prayer and Overcoming Temptations
Take a moment to answer this question- What temptations have you faced? How do you overcome them? What temptation did Jesus face? And how did he overcome them?
In the wilderness, Jesus faced temptations with regard to insecurity, pride and taking short cut to achieve his goal by bowing before Satan. In ministry he was tempted to fear men rather than God the Father, to be with the popular instead of the broken, and to live in busyness at the expense of time the Father. With the people he was closest to, he was tempted to give up the cross, to do man's will rather than the Father's will. In the garden of Gethsemane, he was tempted to choose his will (skip the painful cross) rather than the Father's will.
How did he overcome all these temptations? Two words- Scripture and Prayer. In our Gospel reading he said twice, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation .... Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
Temptation is overcome by the strong. The strong is strong because he or she prays. Prayer is receiving strength from God.
Lord, with Scripture and prayer I have victory over temptations and the devil. It was your way. Yet I prefer other options because prayer means surrender. Forgive me and teach me to pray again. Tutor my heart to pray. I face many temptations and I want to be victorious. I need you. In your precious Name I pray. Amen