Lenten Devo 18: Temptation

**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. It fell on Day 34 of this series.**

Reading: Ephesians 6:11-20

It is important to understand a few aspects of temptation when we are saying the Lord’s prayer.  Oscar Wilde was on to something when he said,

“I can resist everything except temptation,”

Martin Luther also made a good point when he said,

“God delights in our temptations and yet hates them. He delights in them when they drive us to prayer; He hates them when they drive us to despair.”

As we face temptations everyday, they can be the catalyst that draws us deeper into the fold of God, or they can drive us to despair.  Let us become a people of prayer so that despair is not the natural reaction.  Let us become a people of prayer so that we naturally come before God when temptations arise.

Erwin Lutzer, who is the senior pastor at Moody Church in Chicago once wrote, “Temptation is not a sin; its a call to battle.” This is why Ephesians 6:11-20 is such an important scripture to know.

I remember the first time I was introduced to someone called a “prayer warrior”, it was this elderly woman who looked like the last person I would have called a “warrior”.  I found out later that she truly was a prayer warrior and that she would spend hours at a time on her knees in prayer.  It was mind-blowing to me how faithful she was in prayer.  So as we go into the battle of temptation, let us arm ourselves, and train as “prayer warriors”.

Today lets pray fervently for district assembly and those who are receiving their ordinations.

JC

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