Daily Devotional: Day 192
“Then He [Jesus] came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:40-41, NKJV).
When you pray your spirit becomes sharp, alert and strong. When your spirit is strong, then it can overcome the weakness of the flesh. Otherwise, you will be ruled by your flesh. And, you don’t want that. Prayer brings you face to face with the living God. And, as you pray, you draw strength and power from Him. Whenever you pray, a transformation occurs within you – you don’t remain the same. Prayer changes you for the better. Satan knows the value of prayer. He knows that it gives you huge advantage over him. This is why he will tempt you to come up with all manner of excuses to avoid praying: “I’m in a hurry;” “I’m busy;” “I’m tired;” “God knows my heart;” “I’ll pray when I finish watching my favorite TV show or game;” “I’ll pray when I go to church;” etc. If you want excuses, you will always find one. If you’re too busy to pray, it means you’re too busy to be a Christian.
The night before his crucifixion, Jesus spent time in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying. As today’s Bible reading tells us, Jesus was astonished to find His disciples asleep and not praying as He did. He said, therefore, “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” This was both an exhortation and a warning. Prayer strengthens us in spirit and keeps us awake and alert. You may have the sincerest desires, but if you’re not prayerful, you will be overcome by evil. Don’t underestimate the power of praying. Likewise, do not underestimate the danger of not praying.
The more you excuse yourself from prayer, the less effective you will become as a Christian. When that happens, you will go into a spiritual sleep mode. In fact, not praying is a big spiritual risk you don’t want to take. It is a good practice to schedule prayer at regular times during the day: morning, afternoon, evening, and night. Don’t think that “morning Devotion” is all the prayer time you need.
Make time at different moments of the day to keep the prayer fire burning in your heart and on your lips. When you make time to pray, you’re not doing God a favor. Of course, when you pray, you are worshiping the Lord. But at the same time, you’re doing yourself a favor. Prayer doesn’t help God. It helps you. So, help yourself.
The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today. Amen.
For further study: Daniel 6:1-28