Obedience Requires Perseverance
"'Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.' He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, 'My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.'...And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more." Matthew 26:41-42, 44
In verse 41 Jesus told the disciples to keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Jesus knows that the enemy–and our own desires to satisfy self–will do everything possible to keep us from obeying. This provides yet another example of the war of the flesh and spirit. Jesus displayed for us in these verses His perseverance to obey.
Don’t you think that when Jesus stated, "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" that He was experiencing this Himself? Because He was God, though He came in the form of man with the mind, emotions, and will like ours, He knew what He was capable of doing or not doing.
I believe Jesus kept entreating the Father for His strength, power, direction, and for the Father’s will to be done above His own. He knew without divine ability, He would not be able to do this. He knew he must keep going to God.
Friend, the question I must ask, anytime I read something like this is: If Jesus needed to persevere and then entreat God over and over to obey, how much more should we?
Oh Lord, may we keep watching & praying as Jesus did. May we persevere as Your Son did to make sure we obey You fully and without hesitation. Amen.