Hey, Time To Pray
Posted: Monday, February 9
Verse of the day:
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak! (Matthew 26:41)
Jesus for several days had been trying to prepare the disciples for the hard times that were ahead. He had informed them multiple times that He was soon going to be leaving their company and that trials were ahead. He had prepared them the best that He could but they couldn’t fully grasp what was to come. They couldn’t fathom that their beloved teacher of the past three years would actually be taken from them. As was Jesus custom He took them out to pray and to spend time with the Father to gather strength for what was ahead. Not sensing the urgency the disciples made themselves comfortable and in their tiredness they fell asleep.
The disciples didn’t know that the temptation to abandon Jesus & their faith was about to come knocking at their door. Even though they had been warned they over estimated their own strength to be able to withstand the temptation. That’s why Jesus instructs them to, “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Their spirits wanted to do the right thing but the mind and body was too weak.
We never know what circumstances and what temptations are right around the corner so we need to always heed Jesus’ advice to “keep watch and pray” in our own lives. We may have the best intentions to do the right thing and overcome temptation because our spirit is willing but unless we have strengthened it with time with God our bodies may succumb because they are weak. We can never rely on our own strength. Paul who was an amazing follower of Christ even acknowledged that he struggles with this same thing. He says in Romans 7:15 “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.”
The lesson here is none of us has arrived. We are never beyond needing to spend alone time in prayer with God every day. It’s often when we are the most comfortable and relaxed in our relationship in our relationship with God that trouble is just around the corner. So be alert, stand guard, and pray!