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A Heart of Gratitude
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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #488)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 26:41, which reads: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

While the disciples were sleeping, they lost the benefit of joining in Christ’s prayer. "Watch yourselves, and pray yourselves. Watch and pray against this present temptation to drowsiness and security; pray that you may watch; beg of God by his grace to keep you awake, now that there is occasion.’’ When we are drowsy in the worship of God, we should pray, as a good Christian once did, "The Lord deliver me from this sleepy devil!’’ Lord, quicken thou me in thy way, Or, "Watch and pray against the further temptation you may be assaulted with; watch and pray lest this sin prove the inlet of many more.’’ When we find ourselves entering into temptation, we have need to watch and pray. Jesus kindly excused for them; "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." We do not read of one word they had to say for themselves (the sense of their own weakness stopped their mouth); but then he had a tender word to say on their behalf, for it is his office to be an Advocate; in this he sets us an example of the love which covers a multitude of sins. He considered their frame, and did not chide them, for he remembered that they were but flesh; and the flesh is weak, though the spirit be willing.

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