Returning to His three disciples after His agonizing plea to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus found them asleep. Waking them, He asked Peter, “Could you not keep watch with me, even for one hour?”

“Keep watch, and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is  willing, but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NLT

Only a short time before, while they were on their way from Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives, all of Jesus’ disciples had declared their loyalty to Him– even if it meant  dying with Him. Yet here they were, all of them, asleep during His hour of anguish. The loving rebuke was addressed to Peter, the one who had protested so vigorously–“I will never desert you!” And now, Jesus was saying, “Peter, could you not watch with me, even for one hour?”

Jesus recognized His disciples’ loyalty, their willingness to stick with Him in everything, in fact, their love for Him. But He also knew that none of them would ever make it in their own strength. “Keep watch,” He told them now, “and pray.”

Jesus says the same to us today; “Keep watch, and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.” He knows both our willingness and our weakness; we, too, must reckon on our weakness, look to Him continually, and ask for His help. In the words of the old hymn ” I need Thee, O I need Thee! Every hour, I need Thee!”

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s