Devotion for Tuesday after Lent 5

Woman on Knees Praying

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~ Matthew 26:36-41

How often are our spirits willing but our flesh weak! We want to do God’s will. We want to spend time in prayer and devotion. We want to serve God above all. Yet we get bogged down in life and fall asleep or put something off for another day or take the easy way out.

Lord God, forgive me for the times I give in to my weak flesh. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to do Your will, to spend time with You in prayer and devotion, to serve You above all. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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