PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 26:40-46
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
Jesus understands that His disciples are tired.
He knows they mean well, that their spirits are willing.
But given the situation, He urges them to pray harder for God’s strength.
Because not even willing spirits is enough for what is about to happen.
In my experience, not only is my flesh weak but my spirit is weak too.
Sometimes I am willing and determined, but other times I lose my fire and focus.
As Jesus followers we need to admit our weakness and constantly seek God’s help.
His Spirit is willing and strong; He can sustain us through every crisis.
Our strength and hope is in “Him Who is able to keep you from stumbling” (Jude 1:24).
God knows my willingness and my weakness, and how my weakness limits my willingness.
My spirit is weak, but partnered with His Spirit I am stronger (2 Peter 1:3ff).
Jesus is reminding His disciples that God’s grace is available, if they seek it.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
As I seek His strength, He adds His strength to my weak spirit and flesh!
Lord, both my spirit and body are weak. May today’s words provoke me to do more than admit my weakness, may I be inspired to make every effort to be stronger with Your Spirit’s help!