Behold me, O my God, at Your feet! I do not deserve mercy, but O my Redeemer, the blood with You have shed for me encourages me and obliges me to hope for it. How often I have offended You, repented, and yet have I again fallen into the same sin. O my God, I wish to amend, and in order to be faithful to You, I will place all my confidence in You. I will, whenever I am tempted, instantly have recourse to You. Until now, I have trusted in my own promises and resolutions and have neglected to recommend myself to You in my temptations. This has been the cause of my repeated failures. From this day forward, be You, O Lord, my strength, and this shall I be able to do all things, for ???I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.???
Almighty and most Merciful God, graciously hearken unto our prayers; and free our hearts from the temptations of evil thoughts; that we may worthily become a fit habitation for Thy Holy Spirit.
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In fighting temptation, regardless of its type, prayer is a weapon that we cannot do without it. The purpose of temptation is to ensnare us and to draw us away from God. Prayer, fellowship with God, is the exact opposite: it keeps the channels of communication with our Father open. Oh what comfort and love comes from the Father and what support to those who resist the enemy find when they go to Him in prayer.
The night the Lord Jesus was captured, in the garden of Gethsemane, he told to his disciples:
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
“And when he was at the place, he said to them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
And Luke 22:46
“And he said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
Temptation is described here as something the disciples could enter into and the proper response would be to pray. Thus prayer and temptation are put against each other: “Pray, lest you enter into temptation”, the Lord said. Obviously if they did not pray they would indeed enter into temptation. Prayer, fellowship with God, keeping the channels of communication open and receiving from Him through prayer the needed encouragement and support, is a shield of protection against temptation. This does not necessarily mean that the temptation will not come. But what it for sure means, is that when/if it comes it will find us steadfast in the faith and not ready to fall into its trap.
O Lord, my God, do not depart far from me.
Please look upon me and help me.
Evil thoughts have risen up against me and great fears afflict my soul.
How am I to pass on without being harmed by them?
Show me how I may crush them.
You have said, “I will go before you and will humble the great ones of the earth.
I will open the gates of the prison and will make known to you hidden secrets.”
Dear Lord, do as You say, and let all wicked thoughts and desires ﬂee before Your face.
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