Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Mark 14:38

Mark 14:38 - “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” As Jesus was nearing His final hour here on earth all He could do was pray. He wanted to get His Spirit in line with God, so that He would have the strength to pull off the greatest rescue plan ever. His disciples didn’t understand the importance of this moment. They did not know what was coming and how hard it was going to be. Jesus had already told them, but they did not fully understand. As Jesus left His disciples that night so He could be alone, He told them to stay alert and pray. Each time He returned to check on them He found them sleeping. Jesus gave them these instructions, “Watch and Pray, so that you will not fall into temptation.” Temptation was coming and Jesus wanted them to be ready. Soon they would be facing all kinds of troubles, hardships and persecutions and they would need help. Jesus knew their spirits needed strengthening, that is why He instructed them to pray. Prayer strengthens your spirit and gets it in line with God’s Spirit. When you pray you open a direct line of communication between God and yourself. It allows Him to come in and strengthen you. Think about it as a secret weapon, or a life-line to our Heavenly Father. Just as Jesus was telling His disciples to “Watch and Pray,” He tells us the same. Be aware of what is going on around you and pray so that you will not fall away to temptation. “Watch and Pray.”

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