Jesus came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial: The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14: 37-38
As Christians, we have a strong belief in the power of prayer. Our daily life presents us with an assortment of tempting places/situations. Prayer is the tool that we use to help us handle and overcome temptation. How does prayer prepare us to deal with temptation? Prayer has two sides- a practical side and a spiritual side. The practical side of prayer tells us to “keep awake” (meaning watch out and be on guard) for tempting places and situations. We need to be aware that the danger of temptation lurks throughout our everyday activities. The spiritual side of prayer tells us to rely on God through prayer- to strengthen us, to understand our weaknesses, and to help us avoid temptation. God reminds us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” through The Lord’s Prayer. We know God is merciful towards us when we fail and fall into temptation. God knows the weakness of our flesh and provides us with guidance to do better the next time we are confronted and led into temptation.
Prayer: Almighty and merciful God, we thank you for understanding the weakness of our flesh when confronted by temptation. Help us to be on the lookout for temptation. Give us the wisdom to use the power of prayer to help us resist temptation when it appears in our daily life. In your name we pray, Amen.