Prayer combats temptation

As humans, we are sorely tempted by our fleshly ideas. When the decision faces us squarely about what to choose- will we be faithful to the lover of our soul? In the garden, Jesus experienced intense agony as he chose selfless love. He kearned obediance by the things he suffered (Hebrews 5:8) as he humbly entrusted himself to the Father. The pain of life is not always about us but about truly knowing the heart of the One who saves us. -Teresa

Luke 22: 38-46 (ESV)

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[a] 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

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