Luke 22

 Luke 22 ends with the betrayal of Jesus.  He took the disciples with Him to the Mount of Olives and asked them to pray.  Why?  So “that you don’t give in to temptation”.  Here is a key reason for prayer to be a spiritual habit in our lives – it helps us deal with temptation.  So how did it go for the disciples?  Scripture tells us they “were asleep”.  Here we are in the final hours of Jesus life, and the disciples were unable to stay in the game.  They could not stay awake.  And as Peter is faced with the accusation about being a Christ follower – he does his famous “don’t know him” act and denies Jesus three times before the rooster crowed.  Look at what Peter says in his denial:

1.       I don’t even know him

2.       I am not one of them

3.       I don’t know what you’re talking about

Pretty much straight on – in your face – denial that he had ever had anything to do with Jesus.  Yet this is the man that Jesus told us was the “Rock” – the foundation upon which the church would be built.  Shows the reality of how temptation can get the best of us if we are not “prayed up” and connected to the source of power.  We have to be plugged in to deal with the enemy.  We will be put in situations like this where we have the opportunity to be a Christ follower and step up as a believer to share our faith boldly.  Or we can fall to temptation, remain quiet, and basically deny that we know Jesus at all.  I hope you will be bold and let the world know that Jesus is your Savior.  We have the opportunity to let people know about the One solution there is to life’s problems and the eternity that is to come.  But it only happens when we share our faith and life with others.  That means being willing to stand firm and be prayed up.  Are you on your knees before our God?  Build the habit!

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