“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
There is a profound mystery that our Lord Jesus Christ reveals to us in his word.
We as Christians often wonder why we struggle to pray read Gods word and be in his will.
Our Lord reveals to us that the Spirit is always willing to pray and be in intimate communication with the father but the problem however lies in the body (flesh). There is a constant struggle between our flesh and Spirit to have dominion in the actions we take, the words we speak and the thoughts we filter and process in our minds. The spirit always desires and seeks for the will of God to be done; the body however wants to be pleased by its own desires and pleasures. The flesh will not agree with the Spirit so we then have to be led by the Spirit or the flesh, they cannot work in harmony. Those who are led by the Spirit are always in the will of the father.
It is when we engage in prayer that the desires and cravings of the flesh are killed. Jesus was fully human and yet remained sinless. It is because Jesus was a man of prayer that he was able to be in the will of God at all times and didn’t fall into temptation. No matter what temptations the devil tried to get Jesus with, he was unsuccessful because Jesus prayed. The prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective.
This is why the devil keeps us busy with other things that feed the flesh and then we are too tired to pray and read the word of God. We work or go to school for the majority of the day so that we can supply the needs of the flesh, we come home eat and drink so the flesh can get what it needs, then we watch our favourite TV shows so we can entertain the desires of the flesh, we catch up with our favourite friends and spend time with our family so our flesh can have communion with other flesh to talk about more fleshly stuff and when we are about to sleep we open our Bibles. We begin to yawn and feel sleepy. Our Spirit wants to but our body is weak because it is carrying a big load. The enemy has done his job effectively and is happy to have a Christian who always falls into temptation. He keeps giving us candy and we accept with a smile. The devil knows that the Christian carries nuclear weapons to destroy his work through prayer, so he expertly distracts us from using our demolition power weapons.
Let us be weary of the enemies schemes and make time with God. Let us put aside what the flesh always wants and be believers who pray. Let us stop settling for the ordinary and strive to live that extraordinary life. It is prayer that God reveals to us his will, his plans, his word, and helps us to crucify the flesh. Our merciful Lord will teach us how to pray if we don’t know how, just ask him like the disciples did.
By Jonathan Haileyesus