By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
This devotion is part of our series on Lent. Read the rest of the series here.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Matthew 4:8-10 (NIV)
Lent is a time of year meant to be dedicated to fasting and prayer. These forty days and forty nights before Easter Sunday is a time to reflect on priorities and as a time of dedication to God’s will. Before beginning his ministry, Jesus spent the same time fasting and praying, giving up food altogether and spending time in complete solitude in the wilderness.
During this time, Jesus was harassed by Satan, tempting him to use his omnipotence to turn stones into bread and to prove his power. Satan offered Jesus the world in exchange for his devotion, but Jesus knew it was not Satan’s to give. These trials and temptations mimic those that Satan uses upon us. Thus how Jesus responded to him is an excellent example for us to combat Satan’s lies in our own lives.
Speaking aloud and quoting from the Bible, what we know to be true, is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.
Remember this verse and use it against the forces of evil when you hear them whispering in your ear:
“Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
Prayer: Dear God, help me to discern between right and wrong. Give me the words to ward off temptation and resist evil. Help me stay on your path. Amen.