“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
I love the above verse. I feel like it really encompasses the idea of Lent. Lent gives us an opportunity to feel and understand just how weak we really are. It doesn’t matter what you give up, the flesh will crave it. We are human. We are tempted. We are weak.
Our spirit can be incredibly willing to do the right thing, to say no to temptation, but the flesh is weak. Lent defines our weakness for us. Most importantly, it shows us how apart from God, we cannot be strong.
Whenever I think of my own weakness, I hear the voice of Patsy Cline singing those true and beautiful words from “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”:
I am weak but Thou art strong
Jesus keep me from all wrong
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee
During these days, let us walk close with Him because He can and will make strong.
Lord, I am weak, but you are strong. I am tempted, but you can guide me away from all those things that are wrong. I ask that you help me to remember that with your spirit, I have the strength to move mountains, no matter how weak I may feel.
Isaiah 40:29; Ezekiel 34:16; 2 Corinthians 12:9