Prayer as a weapon against temptation

Whatever temptation we may struggle with, prayer is a weapon we cannot do without. The purpose of temptation is to draw us into the net and lead us away from God. Prayer and fellowship with God have the opposite purpose: they help us keep in touch with Heavenly Father. Oh, how great is the consolation and love that emanate from the Father, and what strength draw from Him all who oppose the enemy, turning to God in prayer!

On the night that the Lord Jesus was taken into custody in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said to His disciples:

Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray, lest you fall into temptation: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 22:40
“When He came to the place, He said to them: pray, lest you fall into temptation.”

And Luke 22:46
“And He said to them: why are you sleeping? Stand up and pray lest you fall into temptation. “

Temptation is described here as something that the disciples could fall into, but they had to resist it with prayer. So, prayer and temptation are opposed to each other: “Pray so that you do not fall into temptation,” the Lord told them. Thus, if they did not pray, they would certainly fall into temptation.

Prayer and fellowship with God, being with Him in an indissoluble connection and receiving the necessary support and strengthening from Him become a shield that protects us from temptation. This does not mean the complete absence of temptations in our life. However, it gives us confidence that when (or if) the temptation appears, it will not be able to catch us off guard – we will stand firm in the faith and can avoid its snares.

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