I’m guilty of this as well; sometimes when you’re in ministry you can get so busy with
the ‘work’ of the ministry, or even working on your next project, that you find yourself
not praying as much as you used to. A lot of tests, trials, and temptations can be avoided if we took the time to pray.
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He was to be crucified, His flesh did not want to endure what was about to go down the next day.
The Word says how Jesus was tempted just like we were, which means He knew what pain He would have to endure the next day, and He was tempted to give up as He begged God for another way to accomplish the goal of saving the world. (Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 26:42)
Just imagine if you were the chosen one, and new the very next morning you were going to be beat so badly that you no longer would resemble a human being (Isaiah 52:14)… blood would be everywhere, and you knew in advance, what was about to happen? Even Jesus, being Jesus, the Savior, had to pray His way through the night before until He received the necessary strength to carry out His mission.
How much more should we pray?
Matthew 26:41 reads, Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is
willing, but the flesh is weak.
Here Jesus admits that the flesh is weak.
How many times have we missed our sinned against God because we weren’t prayed up
and the flesh was weak and won? This Scripture is warning us to watch and pray, so we DON’T fall…
So today I’d like to encourage you to join me in taking more time to pray.