Prayer Comforts a Willing Spirit and a Weak Body
“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Simon,’ he said to Peter, ‘are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.’” (Mark 14:37-38, NIV)
In this passage, Jesus had just returned to the disciples after spending time alone in prayer, asking God to strengthen Him and prepare Him for what He was about to face. Knowing the challenges that awaited Him and the disciples, Jesus had instructed them to watch and pray, so they would not fall into temptation.” While Jesus rebuked them for sleeping, he looked past their behavior into the spiritual realm and declared, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
As a Christian, how many times a day do you face the same painful realization that Paul writes about in Romans 7:18-19? He says, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.” What are the areas of your life where your spirit is willing, but your body is weak? Where can Satan tempt you and cause you to stumble and fall? Reading Mark 14:39-41, we see that Jesus went and fell on His face three times and prayed to God for help to prepare Him for the cross. Jesus didn’t just tell His disciples what to do, He showed them how to resist and overcome temptation. He spent time alone before God in prayer to find comfort for His grieving spirit!
Child of God, I encourage you to decide today to trust God and His Word. Trust and imitate Jesus. Spend quiet time alone in the Word and on your knees before Him in prayer and thanksgiving. Pray with confidence, knowing that Jesus will hear you and that your prayers will bring comfort to a willing spirit and weak body.
Father, thank You for being my Rock, Fortress, and Shield of strength. Jesus, Your actions show me the power of prayer. Holy Spirit, help me to humble myself in prayer whenever I am tested and feel weak. Jesus, I realize the utmost failure in life is a failure to pray. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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