Watch and Pray
Psalm 125; Matthew 26,27
“ ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak…My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.’ ”
Temptation is common to all people. We are tempted to sin, to indulge our sinful nature, to avoid the will of God.
How do we respond to temptation?
Our response influences our spiritual freedom and our capacity to do the will of God. Jesus called his disciples to “watch and pray”. Be alert to temptation and talk to the Father for His resources of spiritual strength and grace. Jesus also surrendered his will to the will of the Father. When he called those disciples who would follow him to deny themselves and take up their cross, he was calling for the surrender of our will. Self-will is vulnerable to temptation. Self-will strengthens the sinful nature and our physical desires. A surrendered will strengthens our spirit to respond to God’s will so we can overcome temptation. “Not my will, your will be done.”
“Lord Jesus, may your will be done in my life this day, so that temptation is overcome and you are glorified.”