Defend me from all temptation,
that I may ever accept the right and refuse the wrong.
Defend me from myself,
that in your care my weakness may not bring me to shame.
May my lower nature never seize the upper hand.
Defend me from all that would seduce me,
that in your power
no tempting voice may cause me to listen,
no tempting sight fascinate my eyes.
Defend me from discouragement in difficulty and from despair in failure,
from pride in success and from forgetting you in the day of prosperity.
Help me to remember that there is no time when you will fail me
and no moment when I do not need you.
Grant me this desire:
that guided by your light and defended by your grace,
I may come in safety and bring honor to my journey’s end
by the defending work of Jesus Christ my Lord.
Norman Shawchuck, 1935–2012, American United Methodist pastor
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say,
“God is tempting me.”
God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
Temptation comes from our own desires,
which entice us and drag us away.
These desires give birth to sinful actions.
And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
O Lord, I want to finish well.
As the years march on, it is painful to realize I no longer possess
the physical skills or energy I used to have.
But even more frightening are the persistent temptations
that threaten to wear me down.
The enemy knows my weaknesses,
and day after day, month after month, year after year,
he knows which temptations are most likely to attract me.
I am afraid that, in a moment of weakness, I will sin boldly
and then have to live with the tragic consequences.
Please keep me away from circumstances
where the temptation will be too strong for me to overcome.
I don’t want to let an evening of fun ruin a lifetime of faithfulness.
Lord, may I finish strong in my walk of faith.
When I am old and gray and depart this earth,
I will meet you face-to-face.
I pray that you will be able to say,
” Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Ron A. Beers
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you,
will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
We thank you, Father, for those days in the desert when,
through prayer and fasting,
Jesus discovered your will for his life
and overcame the temptations of the Evil One.
Help us, during these days of Lent,
to come close to you and to listen to your voice.
Give us strength to overcome the temptations
to please ourselves and live life without you.
Teach us your way. For Jesus’ sake.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.