Matthew 26:36-46 (NKJV) - focus on 40-41
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Last week I introduced the importance of staying woke! I urged you to stay woke because the scripture, 1 Peter 5:8 reminded us that Satan is creeping looking for whom he may devour. Today, let's explore how Jesus was urging his disciples to stay woke!
When Jesus went to Gethsemane, He knew that Peter was going to deny him, He knew that He was going to be betrayed and arrested, He knew because Christ is woke! Our scripture tells us that Jesus instructed his disciples to pray so they would not fall into temptation. But they failed. Jesus was saying although temptation has not fallen upon you yet, it does not mean it is not coming. Consider this, although the changes in policies do not affect your tax bracket, although you are well taken care of, although your son is not incarcerated or your daughter on drugs, although you wake up in your right mind —can you not be vigilant and pray for those who are affected by it, because I promise you, Satan is creeping and he is coming to your backyard! If Peter was woke to Jesus’s advice then perhaps he could have drawn his dependence on God instead of denying Jesus three times at the critical hour. Peter failed later in temptation because he failed to not be woke- meaning he failed to watch and pray! Beloved the spiritual battle is often won or lost before the crisis comes, that is why Christ is saying that our tools are watching; praying; and fighting.
Over these next few weeks, I will be going into each one of these tools.