“The Spirit Indeed is Willing”
We acknowledge, O Lord, that in this life our spirits cannot be separated from our bodies; we cannot experience things spiritual unless we experience them in and through our bodies.
We also acknowledge, though, that sometimes what your Spirit leads us to do we don’t do even if we want to do it and sometimes what your Spirit leads us not to do we do even if we don’t want to do it.
We must acknowledge also, however, that sometimes even our spirit is not willing.
Give us through your Spirit, O Lord, the mind of Christ so that in the totality of our being we want to do your will and in fact try to do your will.
“Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” (Matthew 26:40-41)