Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.– Matthew 26:41
Over time I have become aware of many of the subtle ways that my spirit and my flesh battle within me. Every morning, after my husband leaves for work, I begin my morning routine of reading the Bible, devotionals, and Bible study. I began to notice that almost every morning the same thing would occur- my eyes would become heavy and I would start to drift off into sleep! However, If I switched from my Bible study to scrolling through Facebook I would have no issue staying alert and focused!
This is a classic example of what Galatians 5:17 is referring to- “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
This is also a classic case of “… the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
I Praise God that I have become wise to the schemes of my weak, contrary flesh in this regard. Now before I begin my morning Bible reading routine I start with turning on more lights; putting on my reading glasses to decrease strain and reduce eye fatigue; I sit up straight in my chair; and, MOST IMPORTANTLY- I pray!
Prayer is an important component of the armor of God (Ephesians 6) we are to put on daily and we are called to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) exactly because of situations like this. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can help us overcome the flesh, guide us to obedience, and keep us on the narrow way!
So many times we just give up- quit- close our eyes and go to sleep! We tell ourselves it’s no use- the Bible is just too boring! Our flesh persuades us of this lie!
We CAN break the chain of bondage to that lie! We MUST pray and keep watch that we enter not into temptation- “take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man (Luke 21:34-36).