prayer as a means of avoiding temptation
when He spoke to those disciples with him
in the Garden of Gethsemane. “Watch and
pray, that ye enter not into temptation”
(Matt 26: 41). With Christ as our mediator,
our prayers can be a powerful and effective means of strategic defense. I desire for
my children to know how to pray, to make
prayer a regular habit, and to use prayer as
a means of stinging back at temptations.
Paul told the Ephesians they had been
saved by grace through faith (Eph 2: 8-9).
This salvation was a gift of God and not
based upon any works they had done. I
want my children to be guarded from a
false gospel that says they must earn their
salvation (Gal 1: 6-9). The Gospel isn’t only
the power of God unto salvation (Rom
1: 16), but the glorious truth which stirs
us to righteousness and obedience. The
Gospel is the guardrail that keeps us from
the ditch of legalism on one side and the
ditch of licentiousness on the other. It
keeps us from trusting in the Law for sal-
vation and frees us to live by the Spirit,
walk by the Spirit, and display the fruit of
the Spirit (Gal 5: 18-26). This is the Gospel
I want my children to know.
Some day my little ones will take their
children to see “the biggest trees you ever
saw.” When they do, they will retell this story. As the story is told, I pray the spiritual
lessons will not be forgotten.
David West is currently a self-employed contractor, married 20 years to Danette, and
homeschool father of four girls and two boys.
He writes a monthly article for a local home-school newsletter and blogs occasionally at
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The three things my children mentioned (reading the Bible, praying,
and the Gospel) are good defense strategies for any spiritual battle.