What a great and practical word from The Word from our friend Johannes today!
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38 ESV)
We see Jesus in today’s text urging the disciples to get on their knees and pray for the events that are about to happen. Jesus knew exactly what was coming as He foretold it several times before this day. The disciples on the other hand were not preparing themselves and allowed the flesh to take over in the form of sleep.
Jesus gives us a lesson and an example here that we need to apply to our everyday life. He warns the disciples of this fact: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
This made me think of my rugby years. We were a small agricultural school of about 250 students from 8 to 12 grades. Rugby was the main sport and we played schools that had more kids in 8th grade than we had in the whole school and we beat them. We did not beat them because we paid all our players and therefore got the best talent in the nation. No! These were boys that prepared for the task at hand and we practiced hard every day of the week. We lived together and believed in one another. Our coaches would have us over at their house the Friday before the games and prepare our minds for the “battle” that was coming the next day. We ended up as an undefeated team. This was not because of our great talent as we were actually pretty small in posture compared to most schools but because of our body, Heart and mind that had been prepared for what was to come.
What does this have to do with you…not only some days but every day? Every day you go up against an opponent and his name is Satan and he is bigger, stronger and way more powerful than you are. You also go up against another opponent and that is your flesh. You have to take control of opponent number 2 before you can even attempt number 1. How do you do that?
Jesus gave us the answer in Mark 14: 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. Prayer is where your battle starts and prayer is where your battle is won. When you pray you are in direct communication with God the Father. This is your Friday night at the coach’s house. When you pray you are also preparing your spirit for the day to come with the instruction from God the Father…… this is you practicing and living together with your teammate. While you are in conversation listen to your “coach” (Jesus Christ) He will tell you exactly what you need to make it through that day and come out victorious.
Unlike a rugby player, that has all week to prepare for one game, you and I fight the battle every day. Without spending time with the Lord daily, before you walk on the field called life, you will lose to both your opponents for that day … Your Flesh and Satan.
Paul states the battle like this For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Romans 7:18
So today use Jesus as your example. Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation and start this battle on your knees calling to your Father to take the reins.
I want to encourage you to stay prayed up every day for each day holds its own struggles.