If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation. Let this be one aspect of our daily intercession: ‘God, preserve my soul, and keep my heart and all its ways so that I will not be entangled.’ When this is true in our lives, a passing temptation will not overcome us. We will remain free while others lie in bondage.
Let us head this call, with the sobriety and graveness it requires my friends. As the good John Owen said so well, “Be killing sin, or it will be killing you.” Make no mistake about it, if you are attempting to fight sin, to mortify it out of your own power, you are not only wasting your time, but in a sense, just digging a deeper grave.