“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Matthew 26:41 (NLT)
If ever we needed Jesus’ admonition, we need it today. Television, internet, media – all around us are temptations ready to take us out spiritually. Peter said it this way, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” So what do we do? Jesus said that we must live “in” the world, but we are not to be “of” the world. That is why He told us to watch and pray; He didn’t want us to fall into temptations. When He said “watch and pray,” He wasn’t suggesting a casual Christianity. He was biding us to follow Him in a life of vigilant spiritual discipline. Like Jesus, this life must involve devotion, prayer and consecration. It is Jesus’ kind of spirituality that will “deliver us from evil.” But John knew that we would sin, so he gave us another way to overcome temptation. It is through living with a clear conscience. John wrote “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” Today we will fall into temptation. Perhaps to slander, anger, lies, lust, or any number of other behaviors. Let us be alert, keeping our eyes and heart on Jesus. Let us pray, spend time with God and confess when we need to. Praise God, He is faithful, He is forgiving. He will give us all we need to live for Him.
Father, You know my needs. You know how I want to live for You, but I can’t do it by myself. I need You and the Holy Spirit to guide me. I need the power of the living Christ to forgive me, cleanse me and empower me to live for You.
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