HERE IS THE KEY: USE PRAYER AS A WEAPON.
Look at John 17, and see the prayer that Jesus prayed to keep the disciples from temptation.
There are three things to target in your prayer:
- Unbelievers – the lost.
- Carnal Christians.
- Your leaders.
Let me explain:Every time you are tempted to sin, start praying for someone (a loved one, a friend, a school buddy, etc.) who is lost. Start praying for their salvation, or start praying for someone who is carnal, out of fellowship with the Lord, or start praying for the leaders who are in the warfare against Satan and ask God to empower them.
Here is what I am saying:Pray against Satan’s kingdom when tempted. Why? We are commanded to take the offensive when we are tempted. Confession is not necessarily the offensive, but it does make us feel good.
Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Think how these principles can help our young people and us.
Some simple thoughts:
- You must reset the agenda (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Pray for someone to be saved who would really damage Satan’s kingdom.
- Always watch and pray (Matthew 26:38-41).
- Yield your members as weapons of righteousness to God (Romans 6:13).
- Turn your temptation into power, James 5:17.
- Then resist the devil.
“Temptation was never meant to be a magnet to draw us to sin, but as a repellant to draw us closer to God, but we must act now, immediately. The moment the temptation enters our mind. Not only memorize the Word of God, but also use it as a weapon in prayer for those who will damage Satan’s kingdom or his goals.” Unknown!