Temptations of Christ (San Marco) 12th century
Father, you have shown me that your Word
is profitable to me in every area of my walk
with you as well as in my relationships
with those you call my neighbors.
But you have also shown me that
it is a powerful weapon against
the schemes of the devil.
I pray that I may constantly
follow the example of your Son
who simply answered,
“It is written”
when the enemy tempted him.
Remind me daily and in every temptation
that your Word has power
over the enemy
and over his every tactic against me.
Tracy Macon Sumner, author, editor and journalist
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.