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Merci for Mercy!

Weekly Devotionals

Merci for Mercy!

Matthew 26:41

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

We hear these words from Jesus on the night that He was betrayed. As stated in a previous verse, Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death due to what lay ahead of Him.  Thus, He goes to pray in the garden of Gethsemane asking Peter, James, and John, to join Him. However, these three ended up sleeping more than praying, and it is in this context that we hear the words of Matthew 26:41. Now the obvious teaching in this verse concerns the priority of prayer and its place in our faith related to spiritual awareness and the strength to overcome temptation. So brothers and sisters, let’s be sure to have and guard our intentional times of prayer! AMEN!

But there is another insight in this verse that I would like for us to take note of that may not be as obvious but is just as significant. That Jesus knows that though our spirits are willing, our flesh is weak. That though in our hearts we may sincerely desire to be passionately committed to Jesus and all that He is about, to be sincerely and passionately committed to prayer, and the study of God’s word, and evangelism, and fasting, and giving, etc.; the weakness in our flesh, many times, keeps us from being able to fully live out those sincere desires.

But the insight to note in this is that despite our weakness, Jesus did not and does not give up on us! He still remains faithful to us even though we are not faithful to Him!  And we clearly see this truth in our passage for Jesus stayed committed to those that were not nearly as committed to Him, with all he had, to the point of death. In such, this passage is not just a verse that teaches us about prayer, but also one that reminds us of God’s faithful love and mercy for us! That again, even though He knows FULL WELL that we are a people whose spirits may be willing but our flesh is weak, He will never abandon us or forsake us!

Therefore, despite our struggles and even failures in our faith, may we be those that nevertheless continue to press on to pursue ALL the things of our Lord and His Kingdom, with BOTH joy and confidence, due to the mercy of God; in view of the fact that even though we will never be perfectly faithful to Him, that as long as the spirit in us is willing, He will ALWAYS be faithful to us! PTL and AMEN!!!