21 days Prayer & Fasting:
Day 17: Prayer encourages us to be vulnerable to God with our weaknesses
Our anchor scripture for today is found in Matthew 6: 12 (NET) and it reads: “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” What is temptation? James 1: 13-15 tells us that “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Further, the Bible tells us in Matthew 4:1 that “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” When we take these two passages together we understand that: 1. temptation itself is not the sin; 2. temptation can occur in the place God has led you to (Adam and Eve were tempted in the garden of Eden) even though it is not God that does the tempting 3. the devil tries to use our desires to lure us away from the perfect will of God.