Scot McKnight on Jesus helping us when we are weak

When we struggle in faith, in waiting on God, and in centering on God in our worship, we need to remind ourselves that Jesus has done each of these for us. Our weak trust, our failure to wait on God, and our blurred worship are all swallowed up in his perfect trust, patience, and worship.

Christians can tap into the strength that comes from knowing that in the wilderness Jesus trusted Abba for us. Perhaps when tested in a matter of trust, we can learn to offer this brief prayer: “Jesus, you have trusted perfectly for me. I am struggling to trust Abba. Empower my weak faith with your perfect faith.” The writer to the Hebrews knew this strength when he urged us to “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may…find grace to help us in our time of need”–all because he knew Jesus had been tested.

Jesus is more than an example, though he is that. His very trust (and patience and worship) is ours, so let us join him in the wilderness and, by participating in his life, love God by following him. By joining him we learn the Jesus Creed in real life.

Scot McKnight, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others, 254-255.

prayer for the first Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer