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Sep 11, 2017 by Will Maule

Joyce Meyer: 'Prayer Strengthens Us To Overcome The Flesh'

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." You may have heard this verse in Matthew before, but what does it really mean? Surely, if our spirits are willing, we should be able to overcome the temptations of the flesh? Preacher Joyce Meyer explains. 

"The night before Jesus was crucified, He gathered the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane and made just one request: All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41)," writes Joyce at her blog

"All the disciples had to do was stay awake and pray, but they kept falling asleep. Jesus, on the other hand, did pray, and an angel strengthened Him in spirit, enabling Him to endure the cross. The disciples didn't pray—they slept—and proved that the flesh truly is weak."

This story shows us the absolute necessity of prayer in our fight against the flesh. "As Christians, we must realize that without daily prayer and interaction with God, we have nothing," writes Meyer. "We all struggle with living according to our “weak flesh,” but when we make prayer a priority, God strengthens us in the spirit, allowing us to overcome the limitations of the flesh."


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