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Avoiding Temptation (Matthew 26:41)

Introductory Thoughts

Every believer battling temptation faces an inward struggle. A part of him (his spirit) wants to do right and to please the Lord, while another part of him (his flesh) loves sin and self more than the Saviour. If this struggle goes unchecked, the flesh will certainly win every time. Man’s spirit requires reinforcements in order to win this battle. According to Matthew 26:41, two of these resources include watchfulness and prayer. It is imperative for each believer to implement both, for one without the other leaves a person with certain vulnerabilities when temptations arise. Watchfulness demonstrates the saint’s personal responsibility, while prayer demonstrates his need for God’s intervention.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): We constantly have a battle going on inside us (Galatians 5:17). Satan would love for us to do wrong (Ephesians 6:11-12). We need to watch and pray to ensure the victory (Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2).
  • (For everyone): What are some examples from scripture showing people who fell into temptation because they refused to watch and pray? How can you learn from their failures?
  • How do watchfulness and prayer work together in delivering the saint from temptations? In what ways is one weakened with the absence of the other?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to keep you watchful and in prayer.
  • Thank God for the privilege and strength of prayer.