Why should we pray, anyway? This was the question I introduced in last Friday's newsletter. I feel that it is important for each of us to review regularly just why it is that we pray for each other, and this is the purpose of this mini-sermon "mini"-series entited, "Why Pray". In Part 1 we saw that prayer is not only the VERY BEST thing, but also the JESUS RECOMMENDED thing to do for anyone in desperate need. But there is also another good reason to pray:
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (Mark 14:38)
It seems that Jesus asked His disciples to pray for more than one reason! Jesus knew what was ahead of Him and His followers, and He knew how ill-equipped His followers were. So He told them to pray so that they would not fall into temptation. Jesus knew that their spirits were more than willing. But He also knew that their bodies were weak!
This sounds much like the cry of
another desperate soul, found in Romans, chapter 7: "So I find this
law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in
my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in
the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making
me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a
wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" (Rom
7:21-25). But Paul, too, knew the answer to this dilemma:
Rom. 7:26: "Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
(Rom 7:25). Is it for naught that we are told to: "pray
continually" (1 Thess 5:17-18)?
Lord, it doesn't matter how willing my spirit may be, my body is still a prisoner to the law of sin at work within me! I need YOUR strength to overcome! Lord, let me NOT sleep when I am in need of strength! Help me to have the desire in my heart to "Pray continually"!
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( www.scripturalnuggets.org ), Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org
(To access the entire "Why Pray?" mini-series, please click here.)