Pray That You Will Not Fall into Temptation
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Jesus tells those closest to him, not once but twice, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” I would have expected him to tell them, “Pray for me!” It would not have surprised me, had he told them to pray for strength to endure the night of trouble that lay before him (and them). Instead, Jesus tells them to pray that they would not fall into temptation.
It occurs to me, Jesus shares similar words when asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray. He says, “When you pray, say: …lead us not into temptation…” (Luke 11:2, 4).
Jesus knew their weakness, and ours, we are constantly being tempted. Our enemy, Satan, is always looking for those opportunities to lead us into sin. Peter describes him from personal experience: “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
We need to pray daily, regularly, this prayer: “Lord, help us not to fall into temptation!” We need to pray that God would protect us from our enemy and his advances. We need his help!Tags: Bob, Church Blog, Pastor Bob, Pastors Blog