Even so-called great men and woman at times fall prey to their weaknesses, such as in the area of sexual sins or unethical deeds. Politicians, preachers, athletes, movie stars, you name it. The fact is that all of us have weaknesses. That’s why we must pray for strength to endure temptations. “Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation,” Jesus instructed His disciples (Matthew 26:41). “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
In the abovementioned verse, Jesus reveals that prayer is the means by which we can endure temptations and not succumb to our weaknesses. But how much do we believe that? When we acknowledge a personal weakness, do we regard prayer as a vital part of our strategy to overcome in the hour of temptation? And when we are faced with the set of circumstances that always gets the best of us, do we really believe that because we have prayed that it will make the difference this time?
In other words, it’s not just enough for us to pray. We must believe in our heart that prayer makes the difference. For it is only when we mix faith with prayer that we can experience God’s miracle-working power. We must be of the conviction that with God on our side, we can overcome any personal challenge.
I am convinced that one of the main reasons we see as much moral failure among ministers and Christians as we do is because of a deficiency in a vibrant prayer life. As we read the Bible, we see that on several occasions, Jesus prayed for hours or even all night long. This was one of the reasons that, though He ministered as a human being on earth, He lived a totally victorious life.
I thank God that I am a Christian and that He has changed me on the inside. But I am still clothed in a body of flesh. That’s where my problem lies. Human, I am subject to the temptations of my flesh. I would be lying against the truth to say otherwise. So would you. Remember that denial does not negate reality.
That’s why we must believe in the power of prayer. It’s God’s will that we not bow down to our flesh when we are tempted to do the wrong thing. Accordingly, He will give us whatever we need in order to overcome the temptations of our flesh—if we pray for strength and believe.
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