August 27th, 2018
Not Even for One Hour
Matthew 26:40-41 (KJB) And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
I do not know about you, but often when I begin to intently focus on things of God and communicate in prayer with Him my mind from time to time wanders, and if I am not careful I drift towards various cares and concerns of this world and often must stop and refocus upon God.
Apparently, this spiritual phenomenon is nothing new starting with me. It is part of the makeup of every person. If you are honest, you too can relate firsthand to this. Your heart and mind are set on things of God, but distractions and interruptions come crashing into your life during these quiet prayerful times causing you to lose spiritual focus.
Even worse, falling asleep during prayer to God can be a real spiritual hazard. Prayer is quiet, intimate personal communication with God. It is through heartfelt prayer that a man or woman can hear and decipher God’s direction and will for their life. Falling asleep in this peaceful quietness can be quite detrimental in hearing and obeying the will of God.
Jesus went a distance away from the disciples to seek deep and intimate prayer with His Father. This spiritual communication with God was necessary and vital in His ultimate spiritual test in obedience to the will of God. Jesus gave only one only request to His disciples during this important time of prayer. They were to remain on high personal alert watching closely for temptations and enticements speaking to their flesh to draw them away from their important spiritual duty.
We may read this divine account God recorded for our learning and think these men were weak and unable to watch for even an hour in obedience to this command from Jesus. However, at the same time His finger is pointing back at us as we have overlooked our own propensity to “fall asleep at the wheel” and to precipitously fall into temptation and sin rather than remain alert and working for God.