Thursday, March 9
Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
I’m always struck by the passage, “The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” So often we have the best intentions but don’t follow through for one reason or another. Perhaps we’ve had a long day or our wallets are a little lighter than usual. We ask friends for a “rain check” or adopt a Scarlett O’Hara attitude of “I’ll think about it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.” With so many, including God, asking so much from us all the time, it can feel overwhelming trying to be all things to all people.
Like Peter, we struggle between our own selfish desires and what God desires for us. But being a follower of Christ means we must always be “awake” to His calling for us even—and perhaps especially—when it is most difficult.
Questions to ponder:
- When do I succumb to my own “weak flesh” instead of following through?
- How can I stay “awake” to Christ’s will in my everyday life?