Hebrews 4 : 14 - 16, Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. NKJV
In Luke chapter 4, we can read that Jesus was tempted by Satan in the areas of provision, protection, and power. Nevertheless, The writer of Hebrews tells us that although Jesus was tempted in every point as we are, He remained without sin.
What gave Jesus the power that He needed to resist the temptation from Satan and remain obedient to the will of God on His life? The answer may shock you. The answer is prayer. Unlike many Christians, Jesus never underestimated the power of prayer; neither did He ignore the times when the Father would call Him away to the mountains to pray alone.
How is your prayer life? If it is weak, then how well do you resist temptation when it comes against you? There is a direct correlation between a prayer less life and unhealthy faith. Jesus told His disciples that they should pray lest they enter temptation; nonetheless, they slept while He prayed. He said, "Indeed the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." We don't have to fall prey to our flesh nature, consequently, allowing it to rule our hearts or our walk with God. If we will simply commit to spend time regularly in prayer, especially when we feel the drawing of God's Spirit to pray, then we will walk with God's presence on us.
When Moses was upon Mount Sinai for forty days, he didn't realize that his face was shining with the brilliance of God's glory. However, when he returned to the people, they saw the glory and hid their faces from it. Even the scribes and Pharisees acknowledged that Jesus had a greater authority on His life than they had. It was because He prayed to the Father... not just religious prayers. If you spend much time in prayer, others will recognize the presence of the Lord on your life.
Beyond giving us power over temptation, prayer is simply inviting the Father to have His will done on earth as it is in heaven. You don't have to look very far to realize that this world is in desperate need for a move of God. It's time for the body of Christ around the world to enter our prayer closets and seek God's face for His divine intervention. Isaiah tells us that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Our church is joining in with thousands of others beginning on September 28 for forty days of prayer for America's election and for the nations around the world. Please join in with us, as together we fulfill the scripture in 2 Chronicles 7 : 14. If we will pray, God has promised to respond with favor toward us and heal our land. Prayerfully consider becoming a part of this mighty move of God which is calling attention to prayer. This devotion goes out to many countries, and we invite you all to join us in prayer for your nation and your governmental leaders. Together, we can see the hand of God move in our nations like never before. Thank you for praying.
Seeking the Lord,
Pastor Asa Dockery
Pastor Asa Dockery