I remember one day in Junior High School (that’s what we used to call it) when I was invited to go to a local department store to steal some sneakers. Kids were placing orders for the style, size and color of the popular Converse sneakers. I gave in and was caught in the act. I knew it was wrong but, I did it anyway. This wasn’t a failure on the part of my parents in bringing me up right. This was a weakness in me revealed for all to see. I never tried that again.
All of us are tempted on a regular basis to do something that we know is wrong. Many feel trapped by their constant slips and wonder if there’s anyway out of this vicious cycle. In Alcoholics Anonymous the only requirement is a desire to stop drinking. Overcoming temptation starts with honesty, openness and a willingness to change.
Jesus told His disciples to pray that they wouldn’t fall into temptation the night He was betrayed. He knew that His Father was the only One that could keep them from falling. One of the greatest reasons for my joy is because God is faithful in delivering me out of the pit of darkness when I call out to Him. He heard my cry many years ago when I started this faith walk and He delivers me from evil everyday. Pray that you will not give in to temptation.
Luke 22:40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”