Mark 14:38a - Watch & Pray

Keep alert and pray.
Otherwise temptation will overpower you.
Mark 14:38a (NLT)

Pray (Gr., keep praying) in order that they might not enter into temptation.
[Wycliffe Bible Commentary]

If you do not watch and pray, and use the means of perseverance, you may be
overcome. (Matthew Henry's Commentary)

Watching (keeping alert) and prayer (remaining constantly dependent on the Lord)
are imperative for us too, if we are to overcome our temptations. [Victor Bible
Background Commentary]

The way to overcome temptation is to keep watch and pray. Watching means being
aware of the possibilities of temptation, sensitive to the subtleties, and
spiritually equipped to fight it. Because temptation strikes where we are most
vulnerable, we can't resist it alone. Prayer is essential because God's strength
can shore up our defenses and defeat Satan's power. [Life Application SB]

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."[1 James 4:7, 8.] We cannot
save ourselves from the tempter's power; he has conquered humanity, and when we
try to stand in our own strength, we shall become a prey to his devices; but
"the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is
safe."[2 Prov. 18:10.] Satan trembles and flees before the weakest soul who
finds refuge in that mighty name.  DA131

We may close every door to impure imaginings and unholy thoughts by lifting the
soul into the presence of God through sincere prayer. SC99

It is only through the strength and grace gained from heaven that we can hope to
meet the temptations and perform the duties before us.  GW257,8

this compilation of material on this passage.  Have a good day in the Lord and
God bless!