“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41)
Each time I read this passage of scripture that takes place in the garden of Gethsemane, it astonishes me that Peter and the 2 disciples with him, fell asleep after Jesus told them to “watch and pray”.
I’m thinking, “Peter! Really? Jesus asks you to stay awake and pray, yet you fall asleep not once, but three times!”
It just amazes me that a little slumber was more enticing than a big Savior.
The temptation was too great.
The flesh was too weak.
The adversary was too great.
“And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13)
God knows that our flesh is weak. Without reinforcement that comes from Him, we are no match for the devil and his forces.
Even when our spirits are ready and willing, on our own we don’t have the power needed to conquer temptation.
The Word of God enables us to be aware of the need for our utter dependence on God. We must learn to rely on Him in all things. Lean on Him at all times. Depend on Him in every circumstance.
Apart from God we can’t be guarded against the wiles of the devil.
He is the ultimate weapon that we need to protect ourselves.
He is the strength that we need for the battle.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
We are reminded here that our God is faithful. When we come up against the temptations of this world, He makes a way of escape. He provides an alternative. He enables us to stand. Praise His Holy name! He is always there for us.
Our job is to be vigilant. Our job is to be prayerful. We must keep watch and we must stay alert. We must clothe ourselves in the Word of God and allow His Spirit to surround us with His strength and His peace.
Arm ourselves with the word.
Acknowledge the omnipotence of God.
Abound in His presence.
Abide in His love.
Answer the battle cry with His promises!
“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
Thank you Father for your watch over us! Thank you Father for your protection. Thank you for delivering us from the things that threaten to overtake us. Thank you for loving us. Help us dear Lord to stay awake on our watch. You are mighty and powerful. You are faithful. You are our strength. You are God.