39 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him.
40 When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,
42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.
44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
45 When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow,
46 and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Can you feel the intensity of this solemn scene?
It’s a little hard to imagine. Jesus and His disciples are getting ready to face their toughest trial. In the weight of this moment, how does He teach His followers to prepare for what is about to come?
By praying. He models this as He goes away to spend some time alone with His Father.
Jesus is fervently praying in the Garden of Gethsemane in preparation for the imminent suffering that is soon to come. He showed us here that prayer is the key to surviving spiritual crisis, and it is vital when facing temptation.
Jesus faced impending execution and His obedient reaction is so beautiful. He responded with faithfulness and courage.
So how do we stand strong against the enemy’s schemes?
Not passively, but eagerly, intensely and regularly. Prayer should be a common part of your day. It should be the norm, not the exception. It is a great honor to get to communicate with our Father anytime we want. Every moment, whatever we are doing, is a chance to become closer with Him.
What an incredible joy and privilege! Don’t miss a chance!
- What does this say about God?
- Is prayer your first response or your last resort? How can you intentionally make prayer a regular part of your day?
- Pray to God: “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Make that your anthem!