“‘Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.'” (Luke 22: 46, NIV)
The most compelling temptation is not the urge to do something that is wrong, but it is the urge to do something that is good but falls far short of excellent. It is the urge to settle for the near-term tactical advantage at the expense of the strategic victory.
Sleeping is not a bad thing. It is while we sleep that our bodies repair, refresh and regenerate. However, in today’s scripture verse, something was happening that called for a response from the disciples that sleeping could never deliver.
To choose to pray is to aspire to see the world as God sees the world. In prayer, we avoid temptations to settle for anything less than God’s will in the challenges we confront each day. – Luther