Lead us not into temptation.
A segment of the BBC series Human
Planet depicts two fishermen harvesting
rare goose barnacles from dangerous
rocks along Spain’s northern coast. The
men are attached to one another by
ropes and take turns descending to the
base of the rocks between onslaughts
of violent waves. As one man gathers
barnacles, he depends on the other
to shout a warning when a particularly
large breaker approaches and to pull
him to safety if necessary.
Our calling as Christians often brings us
into potentially dangerous situations. We
struggle not against flesh and blood—or
waves and rocks—but against spiritual
forces of evil that seek to destroy our
souls (see Eph. 6:12). To survive unhurt,
we too must be constantly vigilant, both
for ourselves and for others.
Jesus knew the vulnerabilities of His
disciples. Earlier He had taught them to
pray, “And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt.
6:13). Now, on the Mount of Olives
hours before His death on the cross, He
reminded them that they would face a
renewed onslaught of spiritual danger
for which they must be prayerfully alert.
They failed at watchfulness, however.
The evening advanced, and fatigue
won. Thankfully, they were not alone.
While their prayerful vigilance faltered,
Christ’s never does. He is so alert
and earnest in His prayers that His
anguished sweat was “like drops of
blood” as it fell (v. 44). While Peter
failed to consider his danger, Jesus
was praying for his spiritual safety (vv.
31–32). While the disciples snored, their
intercessor was pleading for them.
Temptation presses us, but today’s
passage strengthens us. We have been
given warning of danger and help to
escape it. We have someone who joins
us in prayer.
Apply the Word
Puritan theologian John Owen wrote, “Be killing sin, or it will be killing you.” Are you aware of the danger of sin? What sins are particular temptations for you, your family, your church, or your community? Take a few moments today to pray for the Lord’s help to escape these temptations, and be encouraged by the thought that Jesus is praying alongside you.
Pray with Us
Please pray for the Procurement Office today. We give thanks for the hard work and dedication of Brenda Crump and Stephen Richardson, and we pray for their wise stewardship of funds as they purchase all the necessary supplies for Moody’s operations.