Matthew 26:40-41 – “And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” (NASB)
I had recently been promoted to Fire Lieutenant and found myself at a new fire house. I had met the crew that I would be serving with and things were going well… until the night shift. Feeling a little nervous, being in charge of three other men's lives, I ventured out of the officers’ quarters and headed to the watch desk. I couldn't believe what I found. The man on watch wasn't watching anything, he had fallen asleep. Today's verse speaks of when Jesus was praying before facing the cross for you and me. He had asked a few of His closest followers to join Him in prayer and they fell asleep. It goes on to speak of keeping watch and praying that we may not enter into temptation. Like the man on watch, their spirit to stay awake was willing, but the flesh was weak. I could have created a big scene at the fire house that night, or I could have offered to stay up with him for a while to help him keep watch. I chose the latter. God will too when our flesh is weak, but He wants nothing more than for us to walk by the Spirit. When we find our flesh becoming weak, it's then we need to cry out for help. That's not a bad thing. It means we are human and need God's help. Don't ever be afraid to ask for help.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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