#4672 – Weak Flesh

Good morning people who do not allow the flesh to rule over your spirit

When Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, they repeatedly fell asleep. It’s in this context we read the following verses:

Matthew 26:40-41 NIV Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Have you ever uttered the words, “I’m too tired to pray”?

I have. And sometimes, it might just be a time to rest. But I have felt like this many times when I knew it was time to pray.

Today, I am simply restating what we mentioned yesterday, and that is, many of the right things that we are called to do in life – including prayer – require us to say no to the flesh and yes to the Spirit.

Have you ever set aside time to fast and pray? Have you ever been so hungry that you have broken your fast?

I have.

What’s this?

Our flesh; our natural desire for food. And again, this is not wrong – eating food is something we were created to do.

But there are most definitely times, that if we want to push in deeply to God, receive greater revelation from heaven, and fulfil His assigned kingdom purposes for our lives, we will need to say no to the flesh and yes to the Spirit.

Don’t wait for the decision to be easy; choose to submit the desires of the flesh to the authority of the Holy Spirit.