“And He came to the disciples, and they were sleeping and said to Peter ‘So, your men could not keep watch for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”’ Matthew 26:40.
The world seems to be out of control. The economy is unstable, the political system is turbulent and the state of Christianity is unsure. This is no different than what Jesus experienced in his day. He lived in a country where the rulers wanted to kill him, He was away from His father, and even his disciples let him down. But much like the disciples, our flesh can become weak, too, stifling the work God has called us to do.
Mark Batterson, author of Draw the circle says, “The disciples let Jesus down when he needed them the most. Their failure didn’t just hurt Jesus; Jesus knew that it would hurt them… Would Peter have disowned Jesus if he had been praying instead of sleeping? Maybe he let Jesus down because he wasn’t prayed up? While I can’t prove it, I think Peter would have passed the temptation test if he had prayed through. “
It is so important to keep watch for temptation that intends to thwart us from the task at hand. Because even though we may feel strong, the fatigue of life can overcome us, allowing us to succumb to its wiles.
Wake up to the temptations around you. Be accountable to other brothers and sisters who will help you stay awake. Drink your daily “coffee” of the Word and prayer, the two things that will wake you up and keep you going in your walk with God each day. Finally, if you do fall prey to sin, confess it to God. Strive to make yourselves right before Him.
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