Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. (Ma 26:41)
Jesus said this to Peter, James, and John when they fell asleep on him during his last night of prayer before his death. He captures so well the struggle that we all know so well. Paul wrote of the same struggle in Romans 7 when he spoke of doing the very thing he did not want to do. We mist recognize this about ourselves and thus continually be in prayer as Jesus instructs. The prayer he taught us to pray in lures this request, “lead us not into temptation,” this becomes our daily, even hourly prayerful attitude of dependence. We must also recognize that it is true of others, and remain in prayer for them, and understand the struggle that our leaders face. It gives us both an empathy for others when they fall and an urgency to pray and care for others.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Jos 23, Acts 3, Jer 10, Mt 26