If you haven’t read my post from Saturday, go back and read it first or much of what is to follow won’t make any sense at all.
You need to be a lert. I need to be a lert. We all need to be lerts.
Now, you may be shaking your head thinking this is the dumbest thing you’ve read in a long time, but tell the truth—how likely are you to forget about this?
Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.
Mark 14:38 (NLT)
Jesus is nearing the end of his ministry on earth. He’s taken a select few disciples into the Garden of Gethsemane with him to pray through the night. While Jesus is in such great distress to the point of sweating blood, the buddies he’s brought with him fell asleep—three times.
They lost their focus. They lost their sense of purpose. It seems as though the disciples were always one step behind. How do we feed these people? Weren’t you with me a short while back when I fed 5000 men plus women and children? Keep these kids away! Hey! Bring them here. The kingdom of Heaven belongs to the children. She’s dead. She’s not dead, she’s just asleep.
Over and over again, even the disciples forgot who they were with. When we forget who we’re with, we forget what they can do. When we forget what they can do, we rely too much on ourselves.
Prayer is meant to be a deep, intimate communion with our Creator. Not a hardship or a task forced upon us by religious leaders. When we seek after the heart of God, we get to know Him better. The better we know Him, the better we know what He is capable of. The more we know what He is capable of the more we can rely on Him.
The more time we spend with God, the less likely we are to allow ourselves to be lead away by the things of the world. Jesus is calling us to him. He wants to speak to us. He wants to guide us. All we have to do is stay still and pay attention long enough to hear him.
Pray! Be a lert!
Daily Bible reading: Deuteronomy 20-22, Mark 14:26-50