“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:46
Sleep is one thing that many people really like and desire more of. When a person is sleeping, he is at rest and all of the problems of the world appear to disappear. Once in a deep sleep, one will often forget about the challenges of the day.
People will even take drugs to help them fall asleep to get away from the stress they are under. Facing the problems is rejected for the peaceful sleep in a world of dreams.
As Jesus was preparing to be crucified He went into a garden to pray with some of His disciples. He asked them to pray. When they fell asleep, He told them they need to pray to keep from falling into temptation.
Just as the world desires to sleep away the problems of their day, many in the church get weary and have gone to sleep. Instead of praying for strength to overcome temptation, they turn the other way and go to sleep. In their drowsiness many turn to and accept sin as a normal part of their lives.
Whole churches have fallen asleep, rejecting God’s word and allowing sin to be actively practiced and promoted inside the church. They have fallen into the temptation presented for them.
Both individual believers and churches are living in a way that does not set them separate from the world, but a part of the world.
Every believer needs to be awake and alert in prayer, keeping watch out for the evil temptations of Satan in their lives. Their prayers need to be ones of asking God for wisdom, direction and strength to accomplish His will–to be like Jesus.
As you examine your life, does it show that you have fallen asleep and allowed sin into your life? Any sin that you have chosen to accept as normal is against God.
God is right there with you, giving you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you in His ways. He does not want you to fail and fall into temptation and makes a way out of it every time. However to overcome temptation, you must be willing to stay awake and pray to know how to overcome it.
Are you awake and praying? Or are you asleep?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be awake and alert to the evil ways of this world; that you will pray as Jesus prayed; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit to flee all temptation.