“Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me…” - Psalm 19:13a
This earnest and humble prayer teaches us that saints may fall into the worst of sins unless restrained by grace, therefore being the reason why believers must watch as well as pray unless they enter into temptation.
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” - Matthew 26:41
The heart of a true believer with Christ abiding in his Heart will not trust himself to keep himself even though his heart is sincere in walking with God. He is humbled before the Lord, acknowledging that even with all of his own strength, it is not enough to keep him right before God. He realizes that he must depend on the Lord’s strength as being sufficient for him, and with that strength, he is able to do all things that he could not otherwise do in his own strength.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” – II Corinthians 12:9
We need divine grace to restrain us and free us from the practice and power of sin. When you are tempted to intentionally commit a wrong doing, pray that God will keep you back from committing it, either by his providence preventing the temptation, or by his grace giving you victory over it.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.