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40 Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, 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."
I don't know about you, but I love to pray. I pray on the way to work in the morning. I pray at lunchtime. I pray throughout the day, and I pray at night before I fall a sleep.
I only have one problem. I seem to fall asleep at night when I pray.
I know a lot of you are laughing because you know exactly what I am talking about.
We try so hard to stay awake as we lie in bed thanking the Lord for our day, and prepare for the next day, but it seems we just fall asleep.
They say that you should be on your knees beside your bed at night, but I would just fall asleep right there so it wouldn't do much good.
So the question is, are we bad or wrong when we do fall asleep as we pray?
I don't think so. Look at what Jesus said again.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
It's like Jesus is saying that He understands our weaknesses.
I think the disciples were praying here in the garden with Jesus, but they were so tired that as they did, they fell asleep.
Also Jesus' words were not that of anger or disappointment.
What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?
If you use it in the right tone of voice, it was more of a concern for them rather then a yelling at them, as we tend to think it is.
I think Jesus was also warning them why they needed to pray.
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
One last thought about falling sleep as you pray. I would rather fall asleep talking to the Lord then fall asleep being angry with someone or worried about my problems. Also when you fall asleep talking to the Lord, you tend to awaken doing the same thing. And what better way to start and end your day then with the Lord!