Scripture: Luke (NIV) Here Jesus speaking to his disciples in the garden where he went to pray just before being arrested and crucified... 22:40 On reaching the place he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation… 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Observation: Earlier in his ministry, when his disciples had asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he taught them “Our Father…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” In the verses above, Jesus knew what was just ahead for him, yet he did not ask the disciples to pray for him, but for themselves. He knew their weaknesses. He knew they would be tempted. So here is a place where they needed to pray as he had taught them.
Application: I do not know what temptations lay ahead so I need to pray as Jesus taught me. I need to pray for myself. As long as I am in this world, I will be subject to temptations. I should pray this prayer every day.
Prayer: Lord, do not lead me into places of temptation, and when I do find myself in such places, remind me that you are with me. Deliver me from evil. Amen
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