KEY SCRIPTURE: Matt 26:40 KJV” And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?”
The Lord returned from prayer to see the disciples sleeping. The Lord asked, could you not watch with me for an hour? There is a time to rest, and a time to pray. These men were supposed to pray yet they were sleeping. At least the Lord had said to them that, they would all forsake Him that very night. This should have pushed them into prayer, yet they were sleeping. They did not consider what the Lord said. What has God said about you, that you are refusing to act upon? Dear one refusing to be aggressive about prayer will cause you great loses.
The Lord said to them, watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. These men were unfortunately sleeping. Sleeping has a lot of spiritual significances. To sleep, is spiritually a work of darkness. The night is a time of darkness, and it is the time sleep takes place. Practically the works of darkness is anything sinful. Rom 13:12 KJV “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
Any form of sinful lifestyle can be referred to a moment of sleeping.
You have to wake up from that slumber, less you are overwhelmed with Satan’s power, that would ultimately destroy you.
The Lord says we must watch and pray. From our discussions above sleeping is likened to a sinful life. To watch is to keep yourself from every sin and turn unto the Lord in prayer. You can’t pray effectively when you are living in any life of sin. Wake up by forsaking sin so you can pray with impact. The Lord says if you turn away from every sleepy or sinful life and would pray, no condition of the devil will get you down. What is temptation? Temptation is not just a trying moment, but a condition that controls you to do what you may not want to do. Temptations would lead you out of the way of God, and get you into Satan’s rule, yet praying makes God’s strength available to overcome.
THOUGHT: PUT AWAY SIN THAT YOU MAY BE AWAKE TO PRAY
Ephesians 5:14 KJV “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
Luke 18:1 KJV “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”;