The power to withstand

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Matthew 26:41

We should never go out into the danger of each day without praying first.

Unfortunately, there is always the temptation to shorten our time in prayer: either we’re rushing in the morning or we’re too tired in the evening.

The danger however, when we skip our prayers is that we are not prepared to withstand the temptations that are waiting to confront us.

And if we pay careful attention we will realize that within us we have a sense that something is missing, and there seems to be a lingering distance between us and God.

Even Jesus, felt it necessary to rise each morning at dawn to pour out His heart to His Father in prayer. Should we not feel even more compelled to pray to Him who is the giver of “every good and perfect gift” (James 1:17) and who has promised to provide whatever we need?

A life without prayer is a powerless life. It may be a life filled with a great deal of activity but it is a life that is far from God.

Let us pray that God will grant us the grace to spend time with Him in prayer everyday. And that through this daily communion with Him, we will gain the power that Christ Himself had to withstand all the temptations of this life…amen!

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