Watch and Pray

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”  Mark 14:32-34

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:38

Do you watch and pray so you won’t fall into temptation? Or do you fall easily into temptations only later to be filled with regret once the sin has been committed?

Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today — yes, tonight — before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” Mark 14:29-30

I have felt Peter’s passion at times and too often have walked away and wept bitterly. Like Peter, not once, not twice but three times. (And how marvelous for me if it were only three times).

Jesus prayed for Peter— “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32

I like the last part of that verse too-strengthen your brothers. Too often people fear their sin is exclusive to them and they are afraid to talk about it. We can encourage and strengthen others by confessing our own sins. I’m so thankful for repentance and forgiveness.

These verses were part of my reading today. I was reminded to “watch and pray” and I was encouraged.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Cor 10:12-13

1 comment for “Watch and Pray

  1. Meowmix
    March 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Isn’t it SO encouraging that Jesus knew Peter would turn back and would be there to strengthen his brothers, and He told Peter that he would. I wonder if, in the midst of Peter’s grief at having denied the Lord, he remembered that part of His words.

    I agree Judy! It is very encouraging.

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