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October 1, 2019

Stay Alert

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

Jesus took the disciples to a garden in Gethsemane to pray. He left the larger group behind, taking Peter, James, and John with him a little farther. Jesus told them about the anguish he was feeling. He then asked them to wait while he slipped away to pray alone. The nearness of his death was closing in on him as he cried out, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 

Jesus then returned to Peter and found him sleeping (along with the others). He asked, “Couldn’t you stay awake with Me for one hour? Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Jesus, facing death on the cross, longed for human companionship at his darkest hour. His communion with God was powerful – Son to Father in the purest form. Yet, it apparently didn’t fully satisfy his relational or spiritual needs. Jesus wanted his closest followers, his most trusted companions, with him as he prepared for the cross. His pleas to pray with him for even one hour reveal his desire for spiritual support and brotherly fellowship. The physical fatigue, relational insensitivity, and spiritual dullness of the disciples all contributed to their sleeping through the darkest night of Jesus’ life. 

Everyone must learn the discipline of spiritual and relational alertness. You must learn to recognize God’s activity by considering likely circumstances indicating a person is experiencing God’s work. Pay attention to the indicators that people are experiencing life’s challenges and searching for spiritual help and personal support.

Question: What blunts your spiritual senses most – physical fatigue, relational insensitivity, or spiritual dullness? What will you do about this?

Challenge: Ask God to show you areas in your life to grow spiritually. Confess your inability to grow on your own, and ask God to make you more spiritually sensitive.

Prayer: God, I confess that I ignore you at times, as well as ignoring the needs of others. Make me more spiritually aware and obedient.

Jeff Iorg, Former Chapel Leader -- San Francisco Giants


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