Prayer and Temptation

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)

Pray without ceasing. (1Thessalonians 5:17)

…whoever calls on the name of the Lord. We normally think of this when a person first becomes saved but it also applies to the daily life of being sanctified and cleansed from the power of sin. Temptations come at all times, life is lived always in a context of storms. Even when things are going well there are still many temptations. As Christians we are born into a world of trials and temptations. We need to pray at all times therefore. We need to pray without ceasing because we are with trials without ceasing.

God warned Israel not to forget Him when they were settled into the land and had plenty. (Deut 6:10-12) So we need to cultivate this life of prayer at all times and not just when a crisis comes.

1) Prayer begins with intimacy, we come to Him not just in times of trial but just because we want to be with Him. Same thing with reading the Bible. This is what it means to call on the name of the Lord. This results in being…

2) Conformed to his character. We don’t just say the name of Jesus like it’s a magic phrase, praying in the name of Jesus means praying according to His character and will. John 14:13-15 – that the Father might be glorified. 1John 3:2 – fully conformed.

Now the great lie of the enemy will be that if you aren’t fully conformed to His image you should just stay away. The Bible is exactly the opposite, we are to come into His presence with brokenness and thanksgiving. If you choose to trust God even though you are going through great temptations, God will save.

Don’t let Satan lie to you that you must first get it right before you come to God. Don’t elevate your faults over the cross. Don’t make a bunch of promises that you’ll do better but trust in His promises, appropriate them. This leads to…

3) The fear of the Lord. This is to be afraid of hurting Him not being afraid of Him hurting us. We don’t have to come to Him with a bunch of promises that we’ll do better. Exodus 34:5-7

God is merciful and He is our defender. Brokenness is good, godly repentance is good, but let it bring you to Him and to rejoice in His embrace, there will be strength over temptation. Temptations will always be there but victory is in Him.