Have you ever considered what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer? In the Good News recorded by Matthew, Jesus says this is how we should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.*
There are practical ways to deal with temptation. Distraction, change location, bounce the eyes. And yet, they are not good enough.
The Bible tells us that the enemy of your life is like a hungry, vicious, lion. He’s stronger than your will, he’s bigger than your intentions, he’s faster than your decisions. You cannot defeat him and, if you try, he will eat you alive.
And if that’s not bad enough, remember what the Bible tells us in Jame’s letter: we are tempted by our own evil desires. The depth of human depravity that exists within each one of us is a well that goes all the way down. The battle with self is the greatest battle we face. The battle with apathy, food, gossip, rage, lust, and so on is ultimately not a battle with that thing whatever it is; you are fighting against the desire to exalt our self, to feed our self, to even love our self.
With the enemies Satan and self, you don’t have a hope on earth. Thankfully, you do have a hope in heaven.