Then He returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. When He returned to them again, He found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say. Mark 14:37-40 (NLT)
Are you ever just too tired to watch and pray?
I know you’re embarrassed and just like the disciples you don’t know what to say… I’ve been there before. Through prayer hidden dangers are exposed. Blind spots come in many forms. You know that it’s there, but you may not turn your head to look in that direction until it’s almost too late. While driving, have you ever turned your head just slight enough to realize at the last second that completing your lane change would have caused an accident? You can never assume that because your blind spot was clear the last time you checked, you can safely change lanes minutes later. For this very reason we must maintain a strong prayer life. We never know what kinds of everyday things are lurking in our blind spots. Prayer keeps us alert! Consider these warning signs and don’t let them go unnoticed; avoid a serious spiritual collision:
- Taking on too much to please others.
- Being over tired because you don’t get enough rest.
- Bringing home frustrations from work that affects your loved ones.
- Not listening when the Holy Spirit prompts you to do something.
- Ignoring an important sermon that really spoke to your heart.
- Choosing to do what you want instead of what God said.
- Unwisely spending your time; too much time on social media.
- Forgetting to keep a close watch on your priorities.
Perhaps you’ve skipped time with God to save a few extra minutes on a busy day? The super busy life that many Christian women lead can cause serious problems down the road. If you’ve found yourself caught off guard in the past and have allowed some of the more important priorities slip, prayer will get things back in focus. Prayer produces power and when your life lacks prayer you will also lack power. As summer comes to a close and schedules begin to normalize, watch out for hidden dangers that go unnoticed because of prayerlessness. God is our compass guiding us until we reach our ultimate destination. His internal systems will alert us when danger is nearby. No matter what high-ranking items you have lingering on your “To Do” lists keep God first and never slack off in prayer.
Enjoy the peace of nurturing relationships that help you grow as a Christian. Don’t allow yourself to experience feelings of guilt if you fall a little short of your goals. If you miss one of those non-negotiable quiet time appointments, let it go and begin again. We can experience much greater peace and fulfillment when we make it a point to set aside time to nurture and tend to our most important relationship; the one we have with God.