Vicar/Reader's Monthly Message
At the beginning of Lent we are reminded that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into
the wilderness and was tempted.
Life will throw temptation at us. It’s inevitable. Jesus didn’t get away with being
tempted, neither will we.
In those moments of temptation what do we choose to do?
We can ignore God and embrace the short lived pleasure but feel down or guilty about it
We can be tempted to make excuses for behaviour where we could do better or
even blame someone else for something which is for us to take responsibility for. We
can even make allowances for ourselves and not for someone else. We can be tempted
to gossip and may not know all the circumstances. We can be tempted in numerous
The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us that Jesus was tempted with power,
significance, and gratification, worship of the wrong god. In fact, the book of Hebrews
tells us that Jesus was tempted in every way as we are, and yet without sin.
Jesus knows what it’s like to be tempted but he overcame through putting God first
and holding on to Scripture which he held in his heart. He let his Father in heaven into
those moments and bore the weight of temptation.
Temptation is not the sin, it’s our being succumbed by temptation which is the sin.
Next time we feel tempted, let us turn our hearts to Almighty God and pray for his
strength. It’s when we overcome we become stronger to resist. If we fail, God knows
our weaknesses and nothing is hidden. At those times draw close to God and talk with
him about it, ask for his strength and to be cleansed, forgiven and delivered. He loves us
as a perfect parent and without the imperfections of our earthly parents.
When we draw close to God, he will draw close to us.
In our everyday the Church of England is encouraging us to make time to pray
Start the day looking for God in your everyday life. Use this prayer format in the
morning, first thing after waking with a cup of tea, taking time over breakfast, walking to
school, waiting for a bus etc
- GIVE THANKS FOR A NEW DAY
- REFLECT ON GOD'S PRESENCE WITH YOU
- PRAY THAT CHRIST MAY BE REVEALED
Prayers in the midst of everyday life
Give thanks for the blessings you have received and take a moment to be aware of God
in what you are doing.
- THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE
- THANKFULNESS IN BUSYNESS
Evening prayer: God in our every day
Many Christians use a special "examen" (a Latin word for "a means of examining") at
the end of the day. An examen has six simple steps:
- FIND A PLACE TO BE STILL
- GIVE THANKS FOR THE GOOD THINGS OF TODAY
- LET GO OF THINGS BOTHERING YOU
- REVIEW YOUR DAY
- TALK WITH GOD
- FINISH YOUR PRAYER
With every blessing