Watch For One Hour

“Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.  “Abba, Father,”  he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?   Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.  When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.”    Mark 14:35-40

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I read of the goings on in Jesus day and the choices made by his chosen 12 and I find myself wondering “what were they thinking” and “why can’t they see . . . ” 

We were not there and facing all that they faced.  We live in an easier time, yet we are no different than they were.  Would we have watched and prayed for one hour?  All too often, I believe, we find ourselves too busy to “watch and pray for one hour.”   Even though I “pray a lot” it’s often in “stolen moments” as I rush about through my day.  Why don’t I more often find the time to “watch for one hour” since I know that when I do so, my life is changed!  Grace flows and my soul rejoices, yet I find myself too busy . . .

Busy?  I find time to bake a pan of brownies.  I find time to catch a 30 minute sitcom on tv.  I find time to be online in social networking sites.  I find time to run off to the bookstore . . . surely I can find time to “watch and pray for one hour.” 

Today I will.

13 Responses to Watch For One Hour

  1. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Martha, thanks for your message, it reminded me of the battle Jesus went through for us but not just His suffering and pain .

    How wonderful that today we have The Holy Spirit, the Disciples didn’t till after Pentecost, even though Jesus had given the gifting of the Holy Spirit, but not His power so they could not put their flesh nature to death and die to its control because Jesus hadn’t died and been resurrected, it is in Him doing so we are set free… We see a big difference in the Disciples after Pentecost, most were willingly Martyred for Jesus, what a change.

    How incredibly hard it must have been for Jesus knowing what was to come, the grief of separation from The Father whom from birth He had been in Unity with having been conceived by The Holy Spirit, even though He had the limitations’ of the human body but with our sin placed on Him They would indeed be separated …good and evil can’t be in Unity they cannot co-exist and so it was when Jesus on the cross became fully man.

    But Jesus knowing the heartache the Father would have if His Children could not have the free gift of Salvation and because He also Loved us greatly, He freely chose to offer His Life to save us submitting to The Father’s heart desire to save us for eternity.

    Can we say with all our heart… not my will Father but yours be done, regardless of the cost.

    Thanks again Martha – Christian Love Anne


    • Anne, thanks for your wonderful, thought provoking comment. We do find it difficult to say “not my will but thine be done” and yet when we do say those words and His abundance is poured out in us, we know we are loved and blessed. We have nothing to fear. HIs Holy Spirit is so activee and present in my life and it is so amazing. I do not always understand but that is where trust comes!


  2. Debbie says:

    Sadly when I read about the disciples and their failures, I always think that, most likely, I would be just like them, if even that faithfyl. I have the entire revelation of the Word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and I still often find it hard to simply, quietly ‘watch for one hour’.
    “Grace flows and my soul rejoices, yet I find myself too busy . . .”
    Me, too,


    • Ah, but everlasting love is always there and His forgiveness when we miss the mark. It is well, Sister!


    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Martha, as I was having my Lunch I thought of somethings that we need to ask ourselves,

      First …are we talking about weaknesses and shortcommings when we refer to not doing what God asks us or are we talking about sin.

      When we are Born again the Bible tells us …

      1 We have the mind of Christ .. so does Jesus choose to do God’s will? 1 Corinthians 2:16 – as a man thinks in his heart so he does -Proverbs 23:7

      2 If is our evil flesh nature that causes us to sin as Paul tells us Romans 7 when we have put it to death, do we continue to sin?Romans 6&8 & 2 Corinthians 7:1 & Colossians 3:4-6

      3 The Bible tells us when we are Born again we no longer sin, we can’t sin and that is because we have God’s Nature or His seed.

      The Bible tells us we are to aim to be perfected in God’s Love and His Love can do no evil 1Corinthians13:5 so are we Born again if we continue to sin? 1 John 4:17-19

      The Bible tells us Jesus set us free from sin so we would no longer sin so if we do have we really been set free. John 8:34-36

      The Question we need to ask ourselves is… are we Born again of God’s seed according to what He tells us in the Bible and do we really understand what it means to be Born again.

      Christian Love Anne.


      • Ah, lots to pray about and opportunities to grow in our relationship with Him and in HIm – we live and grow – lifelong. Thanks for the thoughts Anne!


      • Freedomborn says:

        Hi Martha, we are to aim for perfection as you said, Paul talked about this and he like the others in the early Church were perfected so it is not something that happens just when we die but in our life time…How long will we live? so importantant we put the flesh to death so we can be perfected in Love and can do God’s good works that He has prepared for us to do.

        2Timithy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

        1John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world

        Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

        Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

        Phillipians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

        John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast Loved them, as thou hast Loved me.

        Philippians 1:9-10 And this is my prayer: that your Love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.

        1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

        1Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

        There are more Scriptuers Martha that talk about us being perfect now, we are to aim for it not just hope it happens, God will bring us to perfection as we seek to by His empowering to put our evil flesh nature to death, not sometime in the future but now, as we can see in the Scriptures if we are Born again of God’s seed we do not sin…

        1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

        Christian Love Anne.


  3. Mel says:

    Your last couple paragraphs sparked this thought:

    The timeless question: are we really building our lives around God or honestly just trying to cram Him into our hectic schedules?

    “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” has taught me to obey God, do what I know He’s telling me to do, even when I don’t feel like it. Which is most of the time!

    Do I really feel like getting up an hour earlier than I need to in order to spend time alone with Him and put Him first? Not really. I’m tired and I want to sleep. Do I really want to forgive and love and pray for that person that just completely ticked me off and stepped all over my feelings? No, I want to tell them off. Do I really want to get down on my knees and really pray instead of watching tv? No, tv is easier and instantly entertaining. Do I really want to tithe when there is an awesome shoe sale going on? No, I want those shoes…

    The flesh is weak.

    Tell the flesh to shut up and follow the Spirit instead. Obeying and following is hard and definitely doesn’t fit in with our current culture but He gives us the strength to do so and it’s ALWAYS more than worth it!!!

    Thanks for posting! 🙂


    • Thanks ladies. i love it when a blog post becomes a communion of the body of Christ in this world. We are called to be together as His body and how amazing it is when we bring our experiences and messages we are given together like this! Y’all bless me! In His love, Martha


  4. Freedomborn says:

    I do too Martha and your so welcoming I enjoy my visits with you I always find something to ponder on, I read most of your posts in my inbox but don’t always get here when I intend to.

    Hope your Mum is going along ok and things are working out for you too with the Laptop and glasses.

    Christian Love Anne


    • Oh, thank you Anne. the drama continues and seems “all at once” as so often happens, but that being said, He has a plan. Mom’s having a test on Tuesday which sounds scary but it is in His hands with all the rest of it.

      IN His love, Marth


  5. Caddo Veil says:

    Hi Martha–I’m delivering more awards to you!! Come see me!


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