The last words Jesus said to his disciples before he went out to pray in the garden of Gethsemane,were these: “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:40). Peter had already emphatically said that he would go to the death with Jesus, and yet as Jesus left them on watch to pray while he prayed, there was another sort of denial going on, as the disciples gave up their praying, to fall asleep.
I wonder how differently things would have turned out, especially for Peter, if he had stayed awake to pray that he would not fall into temptation. Maybe he would have been the support that Jesus needed. Perhaps the servant of the high priest would have kept his ear. Possibly he would have had the courage to stand up for Jesus instead of denying him. How different would things have been if he had persisted in praying that he would not fall into temptation?
Asking this about Peter brings up the same question for us. How much would the course of our life, and the lives of those around us change, if we did what Jesus said, and pray that we would not fall to temptation? There could be a whole new world of opportunities and a direction that takes us in a straight line toward God.
Let’s pray it now, and keep praying that we will not be led into temptation.