Jesus gave us two powerful bits of advice for times of testing and temptation. Being a man who experienced temptation himself, he knew exactly what we needed in order to overcome. Remember, Jesus didn’t breeze through temptation because he was God. He came as a man in order to show us what we could do with God’s help.
When you’re going through a particularly rough season of temptation, doubt, fear, sickness, etc., it’s vital that you feed your spirit. First, Jesus said, “Keep alert.” That means, pay attention when the enemy is luring you into sin, confusion, doubt, etc. Second, he said to pray. The moment you notice you’re being tempted, run to the Lord. Turn off the distractions of TV, the internet, and cellphones and spend time in his presence. Strengthen yourself in the Lord by feeding your spirit, and you’ll find you’ve made it through times of testing with his grace.
Jesus, thank you for loving me when my faith is weak. I surrender my life to you afresh and ask that you fill me with strength and grace. I want nothing in me to contradict the holiness of walking with you. Wrap me in your presence as I choose to overcome.
The Passion Translation
“Keep alert and pray that you’ll be spared from this time of testing. For your spirit is eager enough, but your humanity is feeble.”