Everywhere we go, anywhere we walk, we have a companion. We are never alone, making the #foreveralone memes pointless. This entity that goes with us anywhere is so cunning and has the patient of a saint.
He is willing to wait a long time until he discovers our weakness. And then he attacks.
All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.
Notice that in Matthew 26:41, Jesus did not tell his disciples to pray that temptation may not come. He instead told them to pray that they may not come into temptation. Jesus knew – knows – that the enemy is always lurking behind his disciples, waiting for an opening, an opportunity to tempt them.
And this is true for us, modern people. Satan is so cunning. He knows exactly what to do in order to win us. I imagine him coming with me to the office everyday, tagging along with me while I commute, and waiting patiently in the corner while I interact with people. When he sees my weakness, he prowls in mercilessly. And I fall into his trap almost all the time.
The reason why Satan always wins is that I don’t pray as much as Jesus would want me to. I pray before eating meals, I pray before I go to sleep (I tell my kids to pray before they sleep). But I guess that’s just not enough. I bet my prayers feel like a bullet train for God – it just speeds up and before He knew it, I’m done praying.
God wants an intimate and personal relationship with me, and bullet train-like prayers won’t do. I need to linger in His presence, to really talk to Him about anything, anytime. That way, I will be stronger when temptation comes.
But how to pray?
I realize that I don’t have to be poetic in my prayers. I don’t have to aim for something like that of King David’s Psalms. I can tell God about anything in my normal tone and words. I don’t even have to have complete sentences, and I can pray anywhere.
I hope that if people read this, they will also be moved to talk to God so they won’t fall into temptations.
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