Mark 14:38 “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
During a moment of serious spiritual warfare, Jesus asked three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John, to stay alert spiritually, and to pray. The time for Jesus to be crucified was almost upon them, and the devil was running full speed.
However, their flesh was weak, and they fell asleep at that one vital moment when the Lord wanted them awake and engaging their Heavenly Father in prayer. Jesus wanted them to pray for their own protection, as he said: “lest ye enter into temptation”.
The temptation for us to try and do spiritual things in our own carnal strength is great. How often our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. We cannot accomplish what is spiritual by being carnal.
Paul said in – 2 Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”.
The Christian life is a spiritual battleground, and therefore we must use spiritual weapons like the Word of God, and prayer. Only these things can get the victory over Satan.
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Keep your spiritual guard up, and be disciplined in your prayer life.