Temptations are inevitable in life. As humans, we more often than not, find ourselves faced with certain things that tempt us. They could come in the form of sin, difficulties, health crisis, financial issues or any other situation that makes us uneasy and could cause us to drift away from God. Most times, it is beyond our human power to overcome them. We need God’s grace to strengthen us so that we don’t fall, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Heb 2:17-18).
As St. Catherine of Bologna wrote in her text the seven spiritual weapons, the second weapon in the fight against evil is “to believe that alone, we will never be able to do something truly good”. She also has a popular saying, “the more afflicted we are, the more we ought to rely on aid from above”. On this same matter of temptation, St. Paul says in 1Corinthians 10:12-13, “12Well may you think that you stand secure with God. Nevertheless, take care that you don’t fall. 13No temptation has seized you except what people commonly experience. And God is worthy of your trust. He won’t let you be tempted more than you are able to bear. Rather, when you face the tempter, God will enable you to bear it by providing the way to escape”
It is obvious then, that even Saints and devout Christians pass through temptations but what helps them at such times are prayers. To obtain strength from God to overcome temptations, always say this simple prayer:
“Behold me, O my God, at Your feet!
I do not deserve mercy, but O my Redeemer,
the blood with You have shed for me
encourages me and obliges me to hope for it.
How often I have offended You, repented,
and yet have I again fallen into the same sin.
O my God, I wish to amend, and in order to be faithful to You,
I will place all my confidence in You.
I will, whenever I am tempted, instantly have recourse to You.
Until now, I have trusted in my own promises and
resolutions and have neglected
to recommend myself to You in my temptations.
This has been the cause of my repeated failures.
From this day forward, be You, O Lord,
my strength, and this shall I be able to do all things,
for “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me. Amen”.