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Pray So You Don't Give Into Temptation


Luke 22:39-46

By Rev. Davis M. Byars, Jr.


And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the Mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.


And when he was at the place, he said unto them, pray that ye enter not into temptation.


And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed.


Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.


And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.


And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.


And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,


And said unto them, why sleep ye? Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.


 Today church satin is busy.


I tell you, He on a mission


Now let me show you just how busy he really is


He’s out trying to destroy the church, and he want to destroy God kingdom


He using every trick at his disposal to make this happen


Look around your community and see all the families that are in turmoil


Husband against wives and wives against husband


Our teenage children are having children of their own and are not capable of raising them on their own.


Our teenage children are forming gangs and others are joining gangs, creating mayhem in our communities.


Our teenage girls are standing on street corners selling their bodies.


Our teenage boys and girls are standing on street corners selling drugs.


Our high school drop out rate is the highest it has ever been.


Our children are not able to complete in a global economy because of their poor education levels.


Our prison systems are filled to maximum capacity.


Our public schools are closing because not enough kids to fill the class rooms


Our government is spending billions to build prisons and very little to build public housing.


We are locked in battle in a war which our President describes as good verses evil


Our young children are dying daily in a civil war, on foreign soil, while our political leaders argue about who right or who wrong.


Our health care system is non existence, and our senior citizens are having to chose drugs over food.


The cost of living is constantly rising while the wages we earn remain the same.


Some people are having to make the decision of weather to put gas in their automobile to go to work or to buy food for their children to eat.


Yes, this is the real world we live in today.


When things are bad and we look around us and see that everything seems to be getting worse, we question God by saying why me? 


Why me God?  What have I done that is so wrong?


Your faith is now shaken and before long satin will begin to set glamorous things of the world before you. 


He is now trying to temp you to do wrong.


He knows you have been weaken by the secular world.


And once weaken you will give in sooner or later to the temptations that he may set before you.


Satin has got his game face on, and he playing hard ball to beat you down and bring you back into his kingdom and away from God with his temptations of gold and silver.


Now allow me to park right here in this zone of temptation for just a moment.


Now let us examine how Jesus teaches us how to handle satin when he confronts us with temptation.


In verse 40 Jesus instructs us to pray so that we will not fall into temptation.


Look at your neighbor, and say, neighbor, Jesus said pray.


You see prayer has a way of protecting you from the evil that is trying to destroy you.


When you pray, you activate the power of the holy spirit that has been sent by God to give you power to over come all evil


No weapon that is formed against you can prosper when the power of prayer is activated.   


Jesus is called Master Teacher by his disciples


They did this for a very good reason and this was because of the manner in which he took the time to teach them how to do all things.


Now look what he did in verse 41. 


He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed.


Look at how Jesus does this thing. 


He didn’t just tell them to pray, he walked away from them fell down on his knees and begin to pray.


That is a mark of a great teacher, a great leader, teaching and leading by example.


Listen to how Jesus prayed:


“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”


Jesus placed the problem squarely on the shoulders of the Father, by saying not my will, but yours be done.


By doing this;


Jesus is showing us that we don’t have to sub cum to satin’s temptation.


We have an adversary that is just waiting for us to call on him.


Now look what happen when Jesus called on the father for help.


Look at verse 43.


Jesus went into prayer.


He fell down on his knees and He called on the father.


You see, Jesus knew that there is no army any where in the world that can defeat the army of God.


No matter how hard satin try to tear now or destroy God kingdom, God army will defeat him every time.


Jesus summons a might army and look how quickly it arrived.


Instantly the bible says,


An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.


If you want God to strengthen you, you have to pray.


If you want to keep satin away from you, you have to pray.


If you want to keep evil from your door steps, you have to pray.


If you want love, joy and happiness to be a part of your life, you have to pray.


If you want God to forgive you, you have to pray.


If you want your bank account to be replenished, you have to pray.


If you want to over come the world, you have to pray.


If you want the government to get of your back and leave you alone, you have to pray.


If you want our troops to stop dying in a civil war and come home, you have to pray.


If you want satin not to lead you into temptation, you have to pray.


Now look at your neighbor and say, neighbor, if you want God love, you have to pray.


Once the angel appeared at Jesus side and strengthen him,


The bible says, he prayed on all the harder.


Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.


He got up from prayer and went back to his disciples and found them asleep.


Drugged by grief, He said;


What business do you have sleeping?


Get up,


Get up,


Get up,


Now pray so you want give in to temptation.


Church, we need to begin to pray like we never prayed before.


We need to wake up from our sleep and begin to pray.


A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,


And poverty will come on you like a bandit


And scarcity likes an armed man.


Get up,


Now pray so you want give in to temptation.


Lazy hands make a man poor


But diligent hands bring wealth.


He who gathers his crops in summer is a wise son.


But he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.


What business do you have sleeping?


Get up,


Now pray so you want give in to temptation.






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