In fighting temptation, regardless of its type, prayer is a weapon that we cannot do without it. The purpose of temptation is to ensnare us and to draw us away from God. Prayer, fellowship with God, is the exact opposite: it keeps the channels of communication with our Father open. Oh, what comfort and love come from the Father and what support to those who resist the enemy find when they go to Him in prayer.
Despite His busy life and the crowds that followed Him constantly, Jesus always spent time talking to Heavenly Father. He always woke up very early before sunrise, He found a lonely place and He prayed to God (Mark 1:35). He spoke to our Father about many things that He could not manage by Himself and He interceded a lot both for the lost souls and for those who had accepted the Good News of the kingdom of God. God has provided everything, but we can only receive His blessings by going to Him in faith through prayer. Prayer gives us access to the presence of God where we can live in unbroken communion with Him and where all our needs are met. As we approach God in prayer, He also approaches us.
Here is the weapon that Jesus gave us.
We now come to the most important part of this message. Many Christians pray but they don’t know how to pray. As a result, they are constantly grappling with temptations in their lives. The disciples of Jesus faced the same problem until they found that Jesus was still victorious over sin. They knew that his prayers were the most effective because He knew better the weapon that Jesus gave us the nature of our Heavenly Father.
The night the Lord Jesus was captured, in the garden of Gethsemane, He told to His disciples:
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
“And when He was at the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
And Luke 22:46
“And He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
Temptation is described here as something the disciples could enter into and the proper response would be to pray. Thus prayer and temptation are put against each other: “Pray, lest you enter into temptation”, the Lord said. Obviously, if they did not pray they would indeed enter into temptation.
Prayer, fellowship with God, keeping the channels of communication open and receiving from Him through prayer the needed encouragement and support, is a shield of protection against temptation. This does not necessarily mean that the temptation will not come.
But what it for sure means, is that when it comes it will find us steadfast in the faith and not ready to fall into its trap, Amen!!