Deal with Temptation – Prayer for November 28. Temptation can be described as the choice a person has between being faithful or unfaithful to God. It is also when a person is solicited to the things that are evil.
Bible Verse for Today
“Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8)
In other words, Satan is constantly looking for someone to tempt and lure away from Jesus Christ. Therefore, as believers of Christ, we must ‘be alert and sober-minded’ (1 Peter 5:8).
The fact is, we are all tempted by sin, because we are born in a fallen and sinful world. Equally, it is part of our human make-up. Temptation should not necessarily be seen as a sin but yielding to the temptation is what causes the sinful act. “Therefore, we must not offer ourselves to sin, but rather we must offer ourselves to God. We must offer every part of us to Him as an instrument of righteousness” (Romans 6:13).
Jesus teaches us how to deal with temptation. During the time of Jesus’ fasting of 40 days and 40 nights, Satan tempted Him to sin. Satan tempted Jesus with the “lust of eyes”, “lust of body” and “pride of life”. Jesus was tempted to:
- turn stones into bread to satisfy His own hunger (Mathew 4:2).
- throw Himself down from the highest point of the temple and the angels will rescue Him (Matthew 4:6).
- bow down and worship Satan in exchange for the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 4:8).
At every point of temptation, Jesus responded with the Word – It is written…
Equally, when we are tempted, Satan uses these categories of temptation (lust of eyes, lust of body, pride of life) described by John the Evangelist in his epistle. We can utilise the same approach Jesus used, in that when we are tempted by Satan, we can counteract every temptation by applying the Word of God.
There may be times when we fall into temptation because our flesh is weak, but God is on our side and He will not let us fall into the snares of the devil. We should declare the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples; “and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).
Deal with Temptation Prayer for Today
Dear Father, we are often tempted by sin and we pray that you will help me to apply Your approach when we are tempted by Satan. I am determined to stay committed to you. I shall not bow to the snares of Satan; I ask that you keep me on guard to His devices and that I will remain alert and sober minded, Amen.
Also read: TALKING WITH GOD Prayer for November 27