“What? Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Matthew 26:40-41
Jesus expresses concern when He finds His disciples asleep instead of praying. He left Peter, James and John to watch and pray while He went away a little further to pray alone. The agony of the betrayal and crucifixion weighs heavily upon Him, but instead of His disciples bearing the burden of prayer with Him they fall asleep.
When the church began it was customary for them to pray for an hour each day at three o’clock in the afternoon. In Acts 3 we read of Peter and John going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
Prayer is vital in your relationship with God and time must be set aside to pray. God does nothing here on earth unless we pray. Prayer changes us and makes a great difference in our daily lives. When you pray you fellowship with God. As you wait on Him you will, as the scripture says, “mount up with wings as an eagle; you will run and not be weary; you will walk and not faint.” You will be empowered to face daily challenges.
Decide today that you will spend an hour every day in prayer and reading the word of God in fellowship with Him. Remember, Jesus expected His disciples to pray with Him for an hour.
In the critical days in which we live, with all the pressing needs and responsibilities that we have, we need to set aside this important hour of prayer. If you have been spending just a few minutes now and again in prayer, decide today to spend at least an hour in prayer.
Dear Father in heaven I ask You to forgive me for my lack of devotion to You and I decide as from today to spend more time in Your presence in prayer, in the name of the Lord Jesus.