40-Day Prayer Challenge // Day 37
And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He withdrew…knelt down and began to pray (Luke 22:39-41).
Prayer expresses your earnest desire for God to do something on your behalf, or on the behalf of others. It replaces self-confidence and self-reliance, with confidence in and reliance upon the Father to hear you, and to do what only He can do for you.
Jesus found it necessary to prepare Himself in prayer, prior to an attack of Satan. He withdrew a distance from His disciples, not to harden His heart to the voices of His disciples, but to keep His heart tender towards the voice of His Father.
It is possible for loved ones to be a great distraction to times of meaningful prayer. If you doubt this to be true, just ask a new mother. It wasn’t easy, but Jesus carved out time for solitary conversations with His Father. Sometimes He rose early to pray. Sometimes He prayed late at night. Sometimes He prayed while walking with His disciples. Sometimes He prayed all night long. You won’t ever find the time to pray. You will have to make it. Be creative. The Father is ready when you are.
After the Passover meal, the disciples followed Jesus, “as was His custom,” to a secluded place of prayer. They entered into the place, but they failed to enter into prayer. After 2,000 years, it is amazing how the followers of Jesus still stiff-arm a call to pray, or show up for a prayer meeting, but refuse to pray. Don’t be one of these.
“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
Easter Challenge: There are only three more days until Easter. Entering into prayer will provide you with the power to resist temptation. The weary disciples refused to pray, and they entered into temptation. Here is the lesson. This only happens … EVERY TIME. Don’t let it happen to you. Carve out time in your busy schedule for solitary prayer with God. No matter what time of day you choose to meet with Him, He is ready for you.
Prayer for the Day: Father, empower me with Your Spirit’s strength to enter into prayer, and not into temptation. I earnestly desire for my ONE to know you. I believe your Spirit will fill me with Your power to make You known to them. In the name of Jesus, I pray. AMEN.
Satan laughs softly as the Church today and says under his breath, “You can have your Sunday Schools…your institutional churches, and your men’s clubs and your grand choirs, and your fine organs and your brilliant preachers, and your revival efforts, as long as you do not bring into them the power of Almighty God, sought and obtained by earnest, persistent, believing, mighty prayer. —R.A. Torrey