Understanding Our Weakness
The Body is Weak
Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:36-46
Key Verses: Matthew 26:40-41
Then 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.”
People who don’t understand what Jesus is saying about the disciples in today’s scripture will struggle to change their future. Jesus understood that our spirits, that which is our thinking and rational being, can want things that our bodies struggle to fulfill. Our bodies are weak, unable to maintain and endure all the eternal truths of our spirit. For Christ followers, this becomes a great frustration… as the apostle Paul put it Romans 7:19: 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.
Jesus had warned the apostles to pray for strength and to stay in that attitude of prayer. When He came back to them and found them sleeping, Jesus understood their problem. I’m so glad Jesus understands our problem with these weaknesses of ours!
The issue for this week’s emphasis is not about Jesus’ understanding of our weaknesses. It’s about our understanding our own weaknesses. When we fail to recognize how weak we are, we will, logically, make decisions based on this perception. We won’t pray – really pray – with a desperation when we fail to understand our weaknesses. When we fail to pray with this passion, we lose the power that comes from those Spirit-filled prayers. This loss of power leads to future failure and behaviors that dim our witness for Christ!
It’s no fun, this understanding of our weakness. We like to feel in control, strong, powerful and adequate for life’s problems. Yet, it is these very “feelings” that diminish our belief that we need God. The eternal truth is – we all are desperately in need of God’s mighty power in us, daily!
Father, forgive my ‘independent’ feelings and open my eyes to the weaknesses of my life. Jesus, I’m desperate for you! In Your Precious Name I pray. amen.