The night before Jesus was crucified, He gathered the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane and made just one request: “All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
All the disciples had to do was stay awake and pray, but they kept falling asleep. Jesus, on the other hand, did pray, and an angel strengthened Him in spirit, enabling Him to endure the cross. The disciples didn’t pray, they slept, and proved that the flesh truly is weak.
To me, this story proves the critical importance of prayer. As Christians, we must realize that without daily prayer and interaction with God, we have nothing.
We all struggle with living according to our ‘weak flesh,’ but when we make prayer a priority, God strengthens us in the spirit, allowing us to overcome the limitations of the flesh.
What are you relying on for strength today? Your flesh? Or are you experiencing the power that God so graciously gives us when we come to Him?
Prayer Starter: God, I thank You for the strength You give me when I pray. I know that without You, I am weak, so I choose to continually come to You in prayer, knowing that Your strength is more than enough for me.