Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
We went to the beach this last weekend. We took an old blanket to sit on. The waves were quite boisterous on that day. I had to move the blanket 3-4 times just to keep it relatively dry. But I was unsuccessful over all.
This made me think about my spiritual life. (I was taking a break from shell hunting and sandcastle building.) You know, we sit in the beach of life watching the world toss and turn. Things seem to be getting more and more tumultuous. We try and try to keep our life dry and free from the sin that is all around us. But just like when we are in the beach and we want to keep out blanket dry, we have to diligently watch.
The wave might not always come straight on. Many times it curves around and hits you from the side. Then the blanket is wet. That happened to me several times.
Ok, so what this rambling is all about is that we must watch. We have to watch what is going on around us and we must protect. We have to protect ourself from the unpredictable tide of society.
We don’t have to do this alone. Remember the context of this verse. Jesus is in the garden praying just before He is crucified. He wanted His apostles to pray for Him. Just stay with Him and pray. They were too tired. They kept falling asleep. They wanted to pray for Him but to no avail.
We cannot fall asleep. It is too important in the lives of the people around us to fall asleep. We have to watch and pray. Watch for His coming and pray the we are diligent until He gets here.