Enduring Weariness and Discouragement

Daily God Walk for Sunday, September 25, 2011

 He returned 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.”       – Matthew 26:41

 The message here is not just prayer, although prayer is the primary point. The message extends to endurance. We have been reminded in many Scriptures that our walk of faith requires endurance and there is no other part of our faith walk which requires more tenacity than prayer.

I will confess that neglecting a consistent prayer times is the easiest habit for me to fall into. After all, I have so much to do; messages to write, people to visit, administrative details, etc., etc. God understands that with limited time it is very difficult to be consistent with a meaningful prayer life.

It is no doubt that the disciples were weary after a day of trying to keep up with Jesus as he ministered, then the lingering meal in which he revealed that one of them would betray him. Finally, there was the walk to the garden of Gethsemane where he left them to go pray. What was he to expect anyway, they were only human and they were tired.

What he expected was that they would endure just one hour of watching and praying. But what he got instead was a bunch of tired men who had not yet realized the value of demonstrating endurance in prayer.

I have a feeling that Jesus observes his modern followers with the same consternation. He sees our daily routine. He knows are busyness. He can see how we wear ourselves out trying to do the work that can only be done through being enthused with Holy Spirit power; And he cries out to us, “Can’t you just take the time to pray one hour? Are you so busy that you don’t have time to establish a prayer filled watch for your soul and for the work of the kingdom?”

We should be mindful of his concerned question, “Could you not keep watch with me one hour?”

 Prayer: Lord, grant me repentance over my prayerlessness. Amen.

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