Matthew 26:40-41 (NLT)
40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Jesus and the disciples are in the garden of Gethsemane. It is the final moments before Jesus will be taken captive to face torture and execution. Jesus had gone off to pray alone, but He had asked the disciples to pray also. But each time He came back to check on them they were asleep. Even Peter who was always so quick to act was asleep as Jesus woke him to tell him he should pray not to give into temptation.
James tells us “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.” Satan may tempt us, but it is our own desire which reaches out and takes hold of the sin. Satan never forced Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Instead they reached out and took hold of the fruit of the tree on their own. They gave into their desires that enticed them and they were pulled away from God into eternal sin. In the verses above Jesus had warned the disciples they were going to face temptation. Jesus himself had faced many temptations, but He was always able to overcome them. It says in Luke 4:13, "Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time." Satan is always looking for an opportunity to tempt us. It is why we must stand vigilant, defended by prayer and the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said in Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Are you praying against the temptations you might be faced with? Pray God would strengthen you and protect you from the temptations that come your way. Ask God to help you endure against your own desires. Pray always so that Satan may not have an opportunity to come against you.