Hebrews 5:7 says:
“who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear …”
This passage describes Jesus’ prayer to be saved from death. However, it wasn’t physical death He was praying to avoid. We know that because this passage tells us that God honored His prayer; yet Jesus still died. Therefore, we understand that what Jesus prayed for here—what He petitioned God for with “vehement cries and tears”—was to be saved from eternal death.
Jesus was asking God the Father to keep Him from sinning.
Jesus knew very well that the only way death could ever keep its hold on Him was if He sinned. I’m so glad that His prayer was heard, aren’t you? Jesus’ sinless life of perfection—and ultimate death on the cross, followed by resurrection on the third day—bought forgiveness of sins for you and me.
Nevertheless, even Jesus had to ask for Father’s help to avoid temptation. Jesus “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15b). How did He avoid sin? He prayed.
You and I should develop the same habit beginning today. Every single day going forward:
· Ask our Heavenly Father to keep you from sinning against Him.
· Ask Him to help you live a holy life.
· Ask Him to tame your tongue.
· Ask Him to give you wisdom.
· Ask Him to fill you with the fruit of the Spirit.
· Ask Him to help you walk worthy of the divine calling to which you have been called, with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service (Ephesians 4:1).
Do you desire to lead a life that magnifies Jesus?
Do you also desire to receive the blessings God promises to those who obey Him? If so, begin implementing these ten habits that tame your tongue today. Life and death is in the power of your tongue right now. Harness that power for LIFE so you can receive God’s blessing in your everyday experience.
Jamie Rohrbaugh is an author, speaker, and Presence seeker whose heart is for the local church. Called to edify, encourage, and equip the Body of Christ, her passion is to see sons and daughters of all ages transformed by the love of Abba Father. Jamie blogs at FromHisPresence.com® about prayer, revival, and the manifest presence of God. She is the author of four books and of numerous articles around the web. Jamie is a grateful member of the Redbud Writers Guild. She and her husband live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and together they have one cat. Follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter.
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