On the night before Jesus was crucified, He gathered his disciples together in the Garden of Gethsemane and asked one simple thing of them . “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 they had to do for Jesus was to simply stay awake and pray, but they kept falling asleep in spite of what He had asked them to do for Him. Jesus however, did pray, and an angel gave Him strength in spirit which enabled Him to be able to endure the burdens of the cross. The disciples on the other hand didn’t pray, instead they chose to sleep and they proved that the flesh truly is weak.
This story give proof to the vital importance of prayer. As Christians we need to understand that without daily prayer of some sort and an interactions with God, we simply have nothing. Nothing but the flesh, which is weak.
We are all the same, we all struggle with living according to our “weak flesh”, but when we make prayer a priority in our lives, God will strengthen us in spirit, just as the angel did for Jesus. This then will allow us to overcome the limitations that living in the flesh puts on us.
Answer this question: What are you relying on for strength today? Your flesh? Or are you experiencing the power that God so graciously and freely gives to us when we come to Him in prayer?
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.