Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
– Matthew 26:41
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
Before the Lord Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked His disciples to hold watchful prayer, but they fell asleep. Jesus Christ knew their spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. From Jesus’ words, we know that prayer is of the utmost importance for us. This verse shows us the way to solve the problem of weakness of the flesh.
In real life, we often feel the flesh is weak. For example: Sometimes, we don’t attend church gatherings because of our busy work; sometimes, we don’t pray or read the Bible when we watch the favorite TV shows. Though we know what we do will put us further and further from God, we are unable to help ourselves from succumbing to the pleasures of the flesh … At this moment, if we hold watchful prayer and rely on God, He will guide us to overcome the weakness of the flesh. Just as God’s words say, “After praying, the Holy Spirit will enlighten and illuminate people, and lead people, and will give people the faith and courage to put the truth into practice. …. The purpose of prayer is so that people can come into the presence of God and receive the things God intends to give them. If you frequently pray and frequently come into God’s presence, then you will have a continual relation with God, and you will always be moved by Him, always receive His provisions; and therefore you will be transformed, your conditions will continually improve and will not regress.”
Prayer is our spiritual need. We can only gain strength to satisfy God’s demands by praying to Him. God’s word will give us confidence and keep us from evil things. May God guide us to grow. Amen!
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