“And he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation” (Luke 22:46).
Too often we pray only for “stuff” or for the resolution of “problems.” Do not misunderstand, it is good to ask God for help with all things. However, we do not pray enough for strength in the battle against sin and for the will of God to be done in our lives.
On the night before Jesus’ crucification, even as He prayed that the cup of wrath might pass from Him, our Lord prayed for the will of His Father to be done. This was His priority as He entered the darkest day of His life. And apparently, the Lord’s number one concern for the disciples who waited on Him was that they pray against sin and temptation.
So what are our priorities in prayer? Let’s follow Jesus and pray for our needs without forgetting to seek the will of the Father above all things. And let’s follow the Lord’s instructions which He gave to His disciples and beg God to protect us from the many sinful temptations that are around us.