Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
Food for Thought:
In this passage, we hear the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. When I hear this story, I always think of the times in my life when I have felt strongly tempted to do something. Is there some type of temptation that you are struggling with today? If so, pray for strength to overcome that temptation.
God of wilderness and water, your Son was baptized and tempted as we are. Guide us through this season, to make the right choices and help us to have the courage and strength to do so. Cleanse us of our sins and help us to be your holy people. In your name we pray, Amen.