Tag: Matthew 26:39-41

Watch and pray!

Scripture reading for February 5th:  Matthew 26

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 26:39-41  “Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me.  Yet not as I will, but as You will.”  Then He turned to His disciples and found them sleeping.  “Could you men not keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter.  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Jesus was in the most intense battle of His time on earth.  He knew Satan’s temptation to disobey His Father’s will and the real human weaknesses of his own fleshly body.  Jesus prayed with deep intensity to His Father for relief from the temptation and for strength to simply do His will.  This would involve taking on Himself the sins of the world and suffering separation from His Father in a time of deep darkness.

He had simply asked His disciples (minus Judas) to watch and pray with Him for an hour.  After wrestling for a time in prayer, He returned and found the disciples sleeping!  What a disappointment this must have been!  These were His friends and Jesus understood the temptations that were also coming their way in the very near future.  Their only hope to avoid entering into these temptations would be with God’s help through watchful prayer!  Sleep was not the right approach in this time of temptation!

Observations for over-comers:  In these terrible times of the last days, it is more necessary than ever to be watching and praying for physical and spiritual strength against the devil’s temptations!  “I slept but my heart was awake.  Listen!  My Lover is knocking:  “Open to Me, My sister, My darling, My dove, My flawless one:  My head is drenched with dew, My hair with the dampness of the night.””  (Song of Songs 5:2)


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