Jesus Christ, the son of God, fasted in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. This event is known as the "Temptation of Christ," and is recounted in the Bible's New Testament, specifically in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
The story goes that after his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1). There, he fasted for 40 days and nights, and it is during this time when Satan tempted him.
Satan first tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread, but Jesus replied, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)
Next, Satan took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the world's kingdoms, promising to give them to him if he would worship him. Jesus again refused, saying, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Matthew 4:10)
Finally, Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem and urged him to throw himself down, saying that the angels would save him. But Jesus rebuked the devil once more, saying, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
After this final temptation, Satan departed from Jesus, and angels came and ministered to him (Matthew 4:11). Jesus then returned to Galilee and began his ministry, preaching the gospel and performing miracles.
The significance of this event is that it demonstrates Jesus' humanity and his ability to resist temptation. By fasting for 40 days and nights, Jesus showed his spiritual strength and devotion to God. The devil's temptations were designed to exploit Jesus' weaknesses and undermine his faith. Still, Jesus overcame them through his reliance on the word of God.
The story of the Temptation of Christ has been interpreted in many different ways over the centuries. Some see it as a metaphor for the struggles of the Christian life. In contrast, others see it as a literal account of Jesus' experience in the wilderness.
Regardless of one's interpretation, the story of Jesus' fast in the desert is a powerful reminder of the importance of spiritual discipline and the ability to resist temptation.
The Gospels do not provide a direct account of what Jesus said to his disciples after his return from the temptation in the wilderness. However, it is clear from the subsequent narrative that Jesus returned from the wilderness filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and ready to begin his public ministry.
In the Gospel of Mark, it is written that after his baptism and temptation in the wilderness, Jesus came to Galilee and began to preach the gospel, saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:14-15).
Similarly, in the Gospel of Luke, it is written that Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit and that "a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all" (Luke 4:14-15).
In both cases, it is clear that Jesus' experience in the wilderness profoundly impacted his ministry. He returned filled with the Holy Spirit, ready to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God and perform miracles and healings that would confirm his message.
This Traditional prayer may be recited while using Anglican prayer beads. In the Traditional Prayer for the Anglican Rosary, the Lord's Prayer is recited with the Cruciform Beads as it is considered to be the foundational prayer that Jesus taught to his disciples.
Get our e-mail newsletter with inspirational prayers, updates from our shop, and special offers.