When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:45-46)
Those with clinical depression sleep a lot. Sorrow is exhausting. But Jesus knows if we don’t pray, we’ll fall into temptation. Peter will soon be tempted and deny Jesus because he slept without praying first. Included in the Lord’s Prayer, our template for prayer, is “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” The enemy delivers temptation constantly, and we must pray to fight it daily.
Jesus tells his apostles and us to pray before sleeping. Often people have nightmares or wake up sick, grumpy, or angry because the enemy attacks us at night while we’re sleeping. We need to pray every night, especially when we’re fighting a bad habit or trait, for God to fight off the enemy for us.
Father God, I praise you for the grace and peace you give me. Help me do your will by leaving _______ at the cross. I know the enemy will try and tempt me every day. Lead me away from the enemy and give me the power of your Holy Spirit and send an angel to strengthen me so I can fight temptation, sorrow, and anger without exhausting myself during this Christmas season. Let this be a time that Your perfect love and peace prevail. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.