As Jesus’ arrest was imminent, he led his disciples to Gethsemane, where he instructed them to wait while he went on ahead alone to pray. He returned to them three times and, each time, found them sleeping. The scripture above is one that I am often reminded of as I am waiting on God in a particular circumstance. While my heart desires to trust, wait, and be patient…my flesh is often weak. I can easily fall into temptations to give up, become apathetic, or maybe even take matters into my own hands as I tire of waiting on God. Jesus reminds me, “watch and pray.” These verbs require active participation on my part. As I watch for God to move and pray to him consistently, I’m far less likely to lose hope, and my faith and trust in him continue to grow.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”