Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when the time was up he was hungry.
The Devil, playing on his hunger, gave the first test: “Since you’re God’s Son, command this stone to turn into a loaf of bread.”
Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to really live.”
For the second test he led him up and spread out all the kingdoms of the earth on display at once.
Then the Devil said, “They’re yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. I’m in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish. Worship me and they’re yours, the whole works.”
Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.”
For the third test the Devil took him to Jerusalem and put him on top of the Temple. He said, “If you are God’s Son, jump. It’s written, isn’t it, that ‘he has placed you in the care of angels to protect you; they will catch you; you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone’?”
“Yes,” said Jesus, “and it’s also written, ‘Don’t you dare tempt the Lord your God.’”
That completed the testing. The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.
Luke 4: 1-13 (The Message)
The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.
Lord, enfold my heart with Your sacred Word.
Just as Jesus resisted temptation by knowing intimately Your wisdom as recorded in the scriptures, help me remember those verses on my desert journey too.
Sometimes, Lord, Your written guidance escapes my human brain and trickles out of holes in my heart.
I need Your word, Lord.
The devil has retreated only temporarily. He lurks behind every shiny opportunity and all ego-enhancing choices. He blocks my daily path with crushing boulders of fear. He shatters hope and scatters dreams.
Help me keep my eyes only on You, Lord.
Mend my heart with Your word and clear my path straight to You. Help me remember that You are the victor and have already beaten the devil. He cannot win.
Conquering God, protect me. Lead me. Nourish me.
I put my trust in You.