MONDAY May 14, 2018
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.”
Jesus taught His disciples and us a very important lesson. When He faced the cross, knowing He soon would be betrayed and arrested, He asked His disciples to watch and pray. Why? So they would be able to face this time of temptation. But the disciples did not pray; they slept, and gave in to the weakness of their flesh. Sleepiness took over, and He found His disciples sleeping. What happened to the disciples as a result? Then they all forsook Him and fled (Matthew 26:56).
When you think about sleepiness, you have to realize, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, this habit can be a very dangerous enemy in your life. It can keep you from the blessings of God. Understand that you are often your worst enemy. I have learned that if you stay up late at night, then you do not get your rest. Then you are not giving your whole heart and body to God. You do not have the capacity to operate. When the enemy comes, you are not watching and praying, so you fail and run. You have no strength to stand against the enemy.
Another danger is that you can become excited and distracted about things you do for yourself––surfing, working on cars, or whatever else it may be. What about the things of God? Do you no longer get excited about serving Him anymore?
We can become so complacent. We get excited about things that are temporal, but we should be more excited for the eternal things and for what God has for us.
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest;
so shall your poverty come like a prowler,
and your need like an armed man.
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