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Jesus Resisted Temptation Through Prayer

"Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, 'Pray that you will not fall into temptation' " (Lk.22:39-40).

I am relatively sure that my talking about prayer will not come as a shockingly new revelation to you, but it must be said nonetheless... A key component for Jesus in overcoming temptations was his rich and consistent prayer life. In today's verses, Jesus is at the Mount of Olives on his betrayal night. He is going there to get away so he can have some private time in prayer to the Father. Always thinking of others, note his advice to the disciples... "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." We find Jesus praying to the Father many times in the New Testament, so are we to assume that he just had more "spare time" than we do, and thus prayed more? Even a cursory look at the gospels shows how extraordinarily busy Jesus was. Yet even with a crowded schedule, he had time to withdraw in prayer... As a matter of fact, if he did not have the time, he FOUND the time. He found the time, even if it meant getting away from the crowds. He found the time, even if it was very early in the morning when it was still dark... (Mk.1:35) He found the time, even if it meant staying up very late at night... "It was at this time that He went off to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God" (Lk.6:12). Did you ever notice that it seems as if we can always find the time for things if they are really important to us... Perhaps we struggle with the temptation to sin so much because we do not pray as often or as hard as Jesus did.

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:1

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