(NIV) Mark 14:37, “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?”
Three different times Jesus went to prepare for what would happen to Him. Three different times He asked the disciples to keep watch, to pray.
Three times they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
(NIV) Mark 14:40, “When He came back, He again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to Him.”
How different would it be if Christ called us out for every time we couldn’t keep watch? Just because we don’t physically hear His disappointment doesn’t mean He isn’t sad when we can’t keep our word.
We are accountable to our words. If we plan to spend time with Christ, then we need to uphold our word. “I’m going to set aside this amount of time for prayer and worship.”
It’s astounding how we don’t have to go out of our way to be ready for Christ, yet it’s one of the hardest things for many of us to do. Some take an hour or more for self-care to get ready to go out to meet with loved ones.
God doesn’t care what we look like. He accepts us as we are. What could we do in the minutes or the hour we take to get ready for someone else when we are getting ready for God?
To prepare for God means to have a living relationship with Him, not a dead one. Not a past due one.
Not a canceled date.
(NLT) Joshua 23:08, “Rather, cling tightly to the LORD your God as you have done until now.”
We need to bow our heads in humility when we fail to keep our words. When we fail to keep our eyes focused on Him in prayer, and get distracted.
For those thinking it’s okay because they haven’t given a spoken word of accountability, understand the moment we confessed with our mouth and received salvation from Christ, with our mouth we made a commitment to be Christlike.
With our mouth, we are accountable to spending time with Him.
God forgive me for not always keeping my word.
O God, forgive us – King & Country