The Boy Scout Code
Read Mark Chapter 14
Mk 14:30 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown Me three times.” 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with You, I will never disown You.” And all the others said the same.
Mk 14:37 Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” He said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Need we have to say that we are weak? Most men and women who have resolved to battle same-sex attractions are fully aware of the weaknesses that are exposed within us. We have moments just like Peter, where we say, “I will never disown You,” followed by some moment of failure at a later time. I wish it were not so, and I’m sure you do as well. The fervor we feel one moment, with true sincerity, suddenly disappears in the face of temptation.
In verse 38, Jesus had a word for the disciples, completely unrelated to Peter’s denial. But it contains some great thoughts for us as we face the reality of our weaknesses. He said, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Oh, how true that is! That perfectly describes our battles at times. But look what Jesus said just before those words. He said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” That, my dear friends, is super-great advice.
We cannot let our guard down for even a moment. We must be in a continual state of watching and praying. We do not know what kind of problem, trial, or temptation lurks just around the corner. The spiritual life is not something that we suddenly conjure up the first moment we experience temptation. Our spiritual lives are a 24/7 proposition. We have to be prepared at all times for any circumstance we might encounter during our waking moments. If we are not watching and praying, all the time, we are completely unprepared for a sudden moment of temptation.
It is a tall order for us to be perpetually watching and praying. But we must be working toward that goal. Keeping our Lord always on our minds, asking Him for wisdom in every situation of our day, is something we must be working on. It isn’t likely to happen quickly. It will take a lot of practice to develop that kind of dedication to our spiritual growth. I am better at it than I was last year, or the year before, and so on. Yet, I am not 100% there. Even if we still have moments when we are unprepared for temptation, we will have greater resistance if we were connected to our Savior most of the day, or a good part of the day.
Every additional moment of watching and praying gives us some measure of protection for our next test. We know that we cannot resist in our own strength. Therefore, we must gain strength from our Lord, through faithful watching and praying over everything we do during our busy days.
Col 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
That is called “watching and praying” – having a perpetual awareness of how much we need God all the time, and seeking His will and purpose in all we do, think, and say.
Prayer: Lord, we are so lacking in this discipline. Help us! Give us a desire, and the ability, to accomplish this great task – that we will be always watching and praying.