The passage for today is Mark 14:32-42. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Mark 14:32-42 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
The Garden of Gethsemane is the scene of one of the most powerful, gut-wrenching moments in Jesus’s life on earth. He was filled with distress about the crucifixion he knew was coming, so he took three of his disciples with him to pray. They did not share his level of distress, and quickly fell asleep. Three times Jesus went away to pray, and each time he came back he found them sleeping. They did not understand the significance of the moment, but Jesus knew exactly what was about to happen. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” he warned them. A willingness to pray is not the same thing as actually praying.
We rarely understand the true significance of important events in our lives, especially as we are going through them. The disciples had no idea what was coming for Jesus, so they did not conjure the strength or determination to stay awake and pray. But Jesus warns them, and us, that we should always “watch and pray so that we will not fall into temptation.” The moment is always significant, and we should be ready to rise to the occasion in prayer.
Jesus, strengthen my flesh. May I be ready to pray and to act in accordance with righteousness at all times. May the willingness of my spirit overcome the weakness of my flesh by the power of your Spirit. Amen.