Then He found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak.”-(Mark 14:37-38
What would you do if you knew you were going to die? Not only that, but you knew you would die in the most agonizing torture?
Here we find Jesus just before His arrest doing what He did throughout His earthly ministry: going before His Father in prayer. The difference is that instead of being alone, as was His custom, He invited His three closest companions – Peter, James, and John. He wanted them to support Him in group prayer while He prayed by Himself secluded in the Garden of Gethsemane. Instead of focused prayer, Jesus found them asleep (on more than one occasion!).
Jesus’s warning is clear not only to Peter but to us as well. If we keep falling asleep, we’re making ourselves vulnerable to temptation. God wants us awake and alert to the spiritual dangers we face everyday, though we may not be able to see them. We can be “lulled to sleep” by the comforts and conveniences of the World and our own flesh. Yes, it is weak because it is undisciplined but it is also very strong when it comes to satisfying its own desires.
The truth is, I’ve fallen asleep one time too many myself. I was consumed by my own cares rather than keeping watch and praying for what is going on around me. The disciples had certainly been told what they could expect in the upcoming days as He faced death but maybe they couldn’t fully understand what would happen. How they would be torn apart when He’s arrested or how they’d go back to being fishermen. I think the same could be said for me as well. Things don’t seem like they’re going to change and if they do, it’ll be a long time before I see it happen. There are times when I stop praying for my family to be saved or His will for my life. Yet, the Kingdom truth is that even when it seems like the answers to my prayer are delayed, it doesn’t mean they won’t come to fruition eventually.
God’s Word is true and never comes back void. Rather than being spectators in our faith, I want to encourage you to keep watch and see what God is doing in your life!
Have you stopped praying certain prayers because they aren’t being answered on your timetable?
How do you “stay awake” and continue to pray even if you may feel discouraged?