Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 6, 2013

June 6, 2013 “So You Will Not Fall”

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

Greetings Faith Family!

For my birthday this year, my daughter Becky bought me a new waffle maker…one of those that makes those nice round waffles that you flip over as it is cooking. Put some real maple syrup on there and some fresh berries and man, what a treat! My problem is this: I have such an affinity for them that I am tempted to make them every morning, knowing full well that while they are delicious, they’re also loaded with unneeded calories and will eventually cause me to grow…and I don’t mean spiritually. So I get up and say to myself, “No waffles today.” But there is leftover batter in the fridge, strawberries in the bowl, syrup on the ready, and the waffle maker sitting on the counter…and it’s waffles again. As Jesus noted, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Now Jesus was addressing a dilemma far greater than a breakfast selection when he spoke to Peter, James and John in the garden just a short time before his arrest. He understood the gravity of the testing they were about to go through. He knew what awaited him as well, and the temptation to just run away from it all, so he prayed, and he prayed fervently. His advice to his friends was “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Jesus understood the Enemy’s ploys. The Enemy, Satan, uses three primary methods of attack: deception, accusation, and temptation. Soon he would use them effectively against his disciples. James would flee. Peter would deny him. John would watch, scarcely believing what was happening.  We all do well to heed his advice to “Watch and pray.” Watching means being aware of the  possibilities of temptation, sensitive to its subtle nature, and being spiritually equipped to resist it. Because the Enemy attacks us with temptation where we are most likely to succumb, we cannot resist it merely by our own strength. Prayer is essential because only God’s strength is great enough to shore up our defenses and defeat the Enemy and his power. While it is true that our spirit may be willing to resist it, our body is weak and we fail if we are not fortified by prayer, so “Watch and pray.”  Let’s pray!

All-Knowing God; The old hymn says ‘Jesus knows our every weakness…take it to the Lord in prayer.’. We confess our personal weakness in dealing with temptation. Teach us to be watchful, understanding the Enemy and his ploys, and understanding that as we are fortified by prayer, we will be able to withstand when those times of temptation come our way, for it is the Spirit that does battle through us, and we shall then prevail. To God be the glory now and forevermore. Amen

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