Luke 22:40 "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
Jesus tells his disciples, “pray, that you may not enter into temptation.”
Temptation will come. Jesus never said that temptation would not come your way. Many Christians feel that when they experience seasons of temptation it means there must be something wrong! What Jesus says is to “pray”, so that when temptation does come, you will not give in to it, but instead you will overcome it.
Prayer is the power source that enables you to deal with temptation. If you do not have a habit of regular daily prayer, you will find yourself struggling and giving in to temptation. But when you regularly pray, especially in your heavenly language, you will find yourself regularly overcoming temptation just like Jesus did.
What God has said to us is this in 1 Corinthians 10:13:
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
The Bible says God does two things for us:
1. He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to endure.
2. He will provide for us a way of escape to overcome the temptation.
And that way of escape comes through prayer.
If you are a lazy Christian and don’t prioritise prayer, you will not experience this “way of escape”. Many Christians want God to wave a ‘magic wand’ and remove all their problems. God will do everything for us but it comes through the spiritual disciplines of prayer and God’s Word.
It’s pretty simple when you look at it rationally…
‘Discipline’ yourself or bring ‘order’ into your spiritual life so you are praying regularly and receiving God’s Word and you will not only start feeling the “life of God” within you, but you will be “maturing” into the type of person Jesus was and things that so easily got you down and discouraged or even caused you to falter and fall, will have no impact upon you. But a life without prayer is a tough life because you will always be giving in to the emotions and feelings of your flesh.
There is a great reward and motivation for enduring and overcoming temptation.
In James 1:12 it says:
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
You will receive the crown of life when you overcome temptation. The crown of life is for ruling in ‘life’. There’s nothing quite bigger than life and when you rule in life, it doesn’t rule you. That’s where you step onto a whole new level in your walk with God. That’s when you can truly start fulfilling that great high calling that he has for your life!