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.