“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!””
Matthew 26:41 NLT
Jesus said this to Peter, James, and John after he prayed to the Lord to take away the insurmountable suffering He was about to endure. He had asked them to stay while He went to pray, literally for his life. When He returned they were asleep. I’m sure they wanted to “keep watch” with Jesus, but like the verse states- the body is weak.
During the 21 days of prayer and fasting (and daily) we are literally surrounded by temptations. We abstain from some of our most wanted desires with the goal of drawing closer to Him, the one who gave His all for us, but everything in our flesh says to give in. We are fighting temptation.
Temptation seems to call me out when I least expect it. Like when I make a PB&J for the kids, and I cut the crust off. I so badly want to snack on the scraps of their sandwich. It’s between my fingers. The smell of the peanut butter is calling my name. How easily I can say, “It’s just a bite, it will be okay.” But I promised God to not have any bread for 21 days. Is that kitchen scrap worth more than my promise to be disciplined for Him? … That’d be a hard NO.
We all have different temptations. It could be sodas, sugar, your phone, a bad attitude, or even just the crust off of a PB&J. And it can be so extremely hard to deny our own flesh. But He is worth it. Every. Single. Time.
Pray over your temptations today. Make sure thank Him for giving you strength to say no to yourself.