ChristTempted / John Ritto Penniman / Wikimedia Commons
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.
Christ in the Wilderness by Ivan Kramskoi via Wikimedia Commons
Thomas von Kempen by zeitgenössischer Maler (Gedenkseite Thomas von Kempen), via Wikimedia Commons
The Temptation of Saint Anthony by David Teniers the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Temptation of St Anthony, Joos van Craesbeeck, c.1650 via Wikimedia Commons
Liberation of St. Peter by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo c 1660’s, via Wikimedia Commons
Get Behind Me, Satan! by Ilya Repin (Voices from Russia) 1895 via Wikimedia Commons