On: August 13, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
These have been intense days, as Jesus’s time on Earth has approached it’s climax. It seems that, in Luke 22, the door to successful completion of His mission was unlocked in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was on his kneels, in anguish, before His Father.
This was the point He had obediently arrived at, but when it could all have gone badly wrong. What if Jesus had succumbed to the temptation to take the easy way out, and walked away from all that He had lived for? What would Jesus have done with Himself? What would He have become? What about the salvation of Mankind? Did God have a plan B?
Judas fell to temptation and could not live with himself. Matthew 27 tells us that he hung himself. Peter slept as Jesus prayed in Gethsemane and he, too, fell to temptation as he denied Jesus. It must have been touch and go whether he would have gone the same way as Judas. But Jesus said He had prayed for him, and Peter was restored to become the rock on which Jesus built His church. (Matthew 16:18)
The key to overcoming temptation, to success, to victory? Prayer. By contrast, worldly priorities and the absence of prayer created a trapdoor through which lay failure and defeat.
Father God, I come before you on my knees. Strengthen me to carry out your plan for my life. Amen