Jesus Goes With His Disciples to Pray

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Prayer

Gethsemane was a lush garden east of the city of Jerusalem near the slopes of the Mount of Olives (v. 36).  Jesus often went there for peace and quiet. On this occasion He takes Peter, James and John further into the garden (v. 37). Isaiah called the coming Messiah “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3), and in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faced sorrow like He had never known. Truly, “He was in all points tempted as we are” (Heb. 4:15). He then stops and asks these three to keep watch while he separates Himself from them to pray (v. 38). When He prays for the cup to pass from Him it is not due to His fear of death. The cup represents the wrath of God against sin which was soon to be placed on Him, on the cross. The sin of the world was poured on Christ as He became “sin for us” (II Cor. 5:21). He submitted His will to the will of His Father (v. 39).

When Jesus returned to the three He found them asleep (v. 40). He woke them up and reprimands Peter for not watching while He was praying. He encourages them to watch and pray but at the same time acknowledges the weakness of the human  flesh (v.41). He goes off by Himself to pray two more times but each time He returns He finds them asleep (vv. 42-46).

Because these disciples are not prayerfully watching, they will not be prepared for what is about to happen. Man who knows the Lord and has the Spirit of God may have good intentions, but he must have control over his body (Rom. 12:1) in order to experience spiritual victory. Have you ever been challenged to pray urgently for something for at least an hour, only to find yourself falling asleep after a few minutes. It is so true that often the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. We really can’t do anything until we pray but after we pray we can do more than pray.

Application

What has Jesus asked us to do (Matthew 28:19-20)? If He returned today would He find you doing what he has asked? Are there any priorities that need to be changed in your life?

Matthew 26:36-46 (English Standard Version)


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