God has called us to be in the world, not of it, but we’d all be lying if we said that was an easy task. Sin is constantly pulling at us, mocking us, tempting us to forget everything that we know about God.
And, temptations can come in a variety of ways. These days as a stay-at-home mom I find myself being tempted to complain or fall into self-loathing, comparing myself to other moms.
On this side of heaven, temptation will always be a part of the human experience. And, the only way to combat it is to search the scriptures and pray God’s word.
If you find yourself struggling with the temptations of life pray this prayer with me:
God, I am facing temptation right now. Please make clear the way of escape that you have provided for me so that I will be equipped to overcome it. Lord, this temptation is trying to overtake me but I know that you are faithful so you will never allow me to be tempted beyond what I can bear.1 Although this temptation seems too difficult, I am comforted in knowing that your spirit empowers me with self-discipline.2 Strengthen me, Lord, allow me to let the Holy Spirit guide my life so that I won’t do what my sinful nature craves.3 I love you and I desire to keep your commands 4 so that I can inherit the Kingdom of God. Thank you for your grace and your mercy, in Jesus’ name I ask these things, Amen.