Monthly Prayer Topic

Temptation

The definition of tempt is “to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain.” When presented with opportunities to circumvent honorable actions, we think it will bring personal satisfaction or provide unearned profit. Temptation involves activity we wish concealed from those who would be disappointed in us. As we recall temptations yielded too, the overriding sentiment is regret. Temptation’s promises are empty, and we are left feeling lessened. But victory comes as we wrestle with the desire to do what isn’t truly in our best interests. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, “When the smoke of battle clears away, you will discern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving. Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.” (SH 22:18) The purpose of any experience is to serve as an instrument for our growth. When we grow beyond the human weakness that would ensnare us, the lures of wrong indulgence leave us, and we are outfitted to help others. The Reading Room gives us the prayer topic of Temptation this month.