“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41 NIV
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
When I come across this verse, I immediately relate it to this verse:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
If a lion is roaming around looking for his next prey, it makes sense that we are told to “watch and pray” to avoid “falling into the trap”.
Falling into temptation is a matter of watching where you step, and not giving into temptation is a matter of keeping your guard up through prayer.
We all have certain weaknesses or vices that are easy for us to fall into. Every temptation we come against has been handcrafted to draw us away from God.
What is most tempting to you probably is different than what is most tempting to me because we all have different “lusts” of this world that entice us.
For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16
All of these “lusts of the world” are not things that we happen across, they are what we are bombarded with everyday.
How do we fight against temptation?
Well in our own strength and ability, these temptations that surround us will always overcome us, but through the power of God inside of us we can withstand these temptations.
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