And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? (Mk. 14:37 KJV)
Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray with Him as His hour of suffering and death drew nigh. The disciples were so tired they just could not keep their eyes open. After about an hour of praying alone, He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter” Simon, sleepest thou?”. He continued and said, “ couldest not thou watch one hour?”. In other words, can’t you pray with me for one hour?
He went further and told them that the flesh is indeed weak thought the spirit is willing. Nevertherless, He said, watch and pray so that you do not enter into temptation. He understands the weakness of the flesh, but He knows the critical role that prayer occupies in our lives. He says you should watch, meaning, there are times you will be awake to pray, against the desires of the body.
He uses the time frame of one hour, asking if they could not watch with Him for just one hour. In other words, one hour was a bare minimum for the crisis that was coming their way. I wonder what He will tell many of us today who find one hour of prayer as long as eternity. You will have to start somewhere but you should endeavour to grow in your prayer life. There are things in your life that require your prayer. Your pastor can pray for you, but many things require your own prayer.
The body is weak and left to it, you should never pray in the first place. It will always give you all the excuses you want to hear. You will have to carry it along with you to do the things of God including prayer.
What is the status of your prayer life?
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Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, sleepest thou?”. You can remove “Simon” and put your name there too, e.g. “Patrick, sleepest thou?”. You certainly do not want to hear the Lord saying this to you. It means you were sleeping in a crisis moment when you should have been praying. Watch and pray!
Ask the Spirit to ignite a fresh spirit of prayer in your life.