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8th OCTOBER 2021

“Stay awake and pray that you won’t be tested. You want to do what is right, but you are weak”- Matthew 26:41

One very subtle force that destroys us quickly is the spirit of temptation. We have to pray against temptation every day. Everywhere about us in life is lined with temptation. Our innocence is not sufficient to protect us; only the grace of God will see us through. Hence Master Jesus was very quick to add a portion of safeguard against temptation in the LORD’S. Jesus prayed, “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION O LORD”. There is an old saying that goes, “Opportunity knocks once, but temptation beats on the door every day.” This statement explains the reality of the spirit of temptation; it’s all around us waiting to be admitted into our lives. 

Temptation is an inner urge to do something which ordinarily is not in tune with our best nature and which either in the long or short run has the tendency to create an unpleasant situation or lower our spiritual and moral integrity. Although, in the short run, we may feel cool with ourselves in our tempted situation, in the long run, the situation gradually changes to that of regrets and disappointment. 

Today, the word of God tells us to fight against temptation in order not to fall prey to the tricks of the devil; The devil is waiting patiently and subtly to displace us from where God wants us to be. Man lost his glory and forfeited the milk and honey of the Garden of Eden due to his inability to avoid temptation. Temptation displaces people from success; removes Godliness; destroys fortune, and diminishes the grace of God. To avoid temptation, use these four keys:

Pray – A daily relationship with God in prayer is a first step to avoiding temptation. Identify your weaknesses and adopt bible verses targeted to combat these areas of temptation in your life.

Flee Temptation – If you recognize you are in a situation of temptation, then flee to safety.

Find someone to pray with you regarding your weaknesses – Your priest, pastor or a fellow Christian would help. 

Confess and Repent – God already knows about your sins. Confess to Him and request for forgiveness. 


Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I am greatly empowered today by your spirit to escape and walk away from every evil machination, and demonic influence meant to derail me from your plan and purpose. Lord, I take total authority in your word today, which lifts me above every temptation and deluding powers of every demon; therefore, I am not tempted beyond what I can bear. Father, by the blood of Jesus Christ, I loosened myself from every stronghold, and I declare that all satanic surprises and evil desires flee from me now. Lord, I feed and drink your word daily, and I am spiritually empowered. Therefore, I declare greater art thou God in me than every ruthless power of darkness and sin present in the world. AMEN.

FURTHER READING: 1 Corinthians 10:13

Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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