“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation...” (Matthews 26:41 NKJV)
The enemy knows what your God-given potential is, and he's out to stop you before you reach it. Prayer puts a shield of divine protection around you; don't live without it! There are hands holding this devotional that may not be here next year unless somebody prays on their behalf (Luke 22:31).
There are people reading this page who thought that they, of all people, would never 'blow it,' yet they did. Unless you acknowledge the propensity to sin that is within you, you won't pray against it and you'll always be vulnerable to the enemy's attack.
During the last hours of His life Jesus warned His disciples, 'Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.' In The Message Bible, Eugene Petersen paraphrases the words of Christ: 'Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even knowing you're in danger.' Paul writes: '… Put on every piece of God's amour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm… Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion' (Ephesians 6:13-18 NLT).
The most effective weapon the enemy has against you is you! Your old sin nature must be taken to the cross and crucified daily. The place of prayer is where you do that.
In God's presence you see yourself as He sees you. There, at the point of repentance, He reveals, He removes and He restores.
When your prayer life goes, so does your protection. So get busy today and reorder your priorities.
Pastor Campbell can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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