November 29, 2015
READ: James 1:1-15
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jesus said, "Pray lest you fall into temptation." Anybody you spend time talking to becomes close to you. In the same way, any Christian who spends time talking to God will become close to Him. It follows that if you do not spend time praying to God, you will be far from Him. Prayer keeps us from falling away from God.
When a Christian spends less time praying, he is unknowingly moving away from God. When you pray, God gives you strength to overcome temptations. He will strengthen you to do His will and you will not fall away.
Many years ago, God knew I was going to experience a serious testing of my Christian faith so He woke me up early in the morning to pray. Tongues were flowing out of my spirit like a river and I knew something was amiss, so I prayed the more. I lay down on the floor and continued in prayer. As a young Christian I was normally doing an hour a day in prayer,but this time I prayed for over three hours. And that day I met a strange woman.
The Bible tells us about a young man in Proverbs who met a strange woman (Proverbs 7:10). I had a similar experience. I had no idea what this Christian lady had in mind. But that day, I tell you my friend, God delivered me! I believe my deliverance was very much related to the prayer time I had in the morning. I was very strong. Where did that strength come from? Jesus told His disciples to pray because they might fall into temptation.