Jesus was about to be arrested and crucified. He knew it, he had planned for it, and He prepared His men for it. Still, as the hour approached, the sense of dread and reality of what was ahead bore down on Jesus like a vise. He took his men to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray with him. He had to go to His father, one more time. As Jesus grieved and prayed, He longed for the support of those men He had raised and befriended.
Sadly, each of the three times Jesus returned to the guys, they were fast asleep. They neither sensed the pain the Lord was going through, nor did they feel the sense of urgency that Jesus felt. They had a full belly and that was the most important thing to them. Had they known that in only moments their world would be forever turned upside down, then they probably would have been in an intense prayer of support for the Master. Still, Jesus knew that his guys were going to be shaken to the core, and He was about to suffer and die–so on he prayed. “Not my will, but Your will be done!”
Like Jesus, we need to remain on our face before God. We live in a time where the church is feeling the increased pain of a world that has abandoned God. The devaluation of Life, marriage and family has reaped unprecedented violence, arrogance and selfishness in all corners of the globe. It is only a matter of time, until worship of our Lord will be considered illegal, and the church an enemy. Then, like the disciples, we will be shaken to our very core and driven to our knees to worship the Lord. We will then seek his protection, provision and preparation for what lies ahead. We need to sense the urgency that is upon us, and like Jesus, pray this very hour for God’s intervention and our nation’s revival. Don’t let our full tummy and sense of invincibility, fool us into thinking that we will never lose what we have. Things can always change in a minute, and we must be ready for that eventuality!!! Wake up and pray.
God Bless You
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”