CHRIST STRENGTHENS USStella Dhinakaran

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.    (Matthew 26:41)

The Dhinakarans Dearly beloved,

We have to pray continually to gain victory in life.

The prayer life of Lord Jesus Christ is an example for us. Before committing Himself to the Cross, He offered prayers and supplications with vehement cries and tears to the Father who was able to save Him from death (Hebrews 5:7). Since He earnestly prayed in agony, His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44).

The Lord Jesus became a vessel and offered Himself as a sacrifice so that you and we can escape from temptations and be delivered from the dreadful things of the world, and this was the horrible trial that He faced. Therefore, He received divine strength and courage and victoriously went through it.

Let us cling on to the Lord who is able to give us victory over temptations. The courage, strength, hope and divine faith that He gives us will enable us to overcome the trials easily.

Abraham had no child but God graciously blessed him with a son, Isaac. As we look at his life, we see that despite his devotion and obedience to God, there was a trial which he had to face. In that situation, he was even willing to offer his only son as a sacrifice since he believed that God was able to raise him up even from the dead. He committed himself to fulfill the will of God since he loved the Lord with his whole heart.

In our lives too, we have passed through so many loss and tears! Yet during those times, we looked up to the Lord alone and held onto Him firmly. He gave us His divine strength and comforted us. We find this in the Bible, Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The Lord who has given me the experience of living with Him closely for many years has given me a more than conquered life even amidst the trials, afflictions and tears and this is a testimony for that (Romans 8:37).

The Lord Jesus said, "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation" (Matthew 26:41). As said in this verse, stay alert and pray continuously. Then God will fill you with His grace and strengthen you to resist and overcome your problems. He will help you to live a victorious life!

Prayer:

Loving Lord Jesus,

You offered Yourself as a sacrifice on the Cross to deliver us from our shortcomings. I trust in You and hold on to You in faith. I commit myself to fulfill Your divine will. Please forgive me and fill me with Your grace so that I will be strengthened to walk by faith at all times. Grant me victory over all my problems and help me to do Your will.

In Your matchless name I pray,

Amen.
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