Alone, but supported

23 Apr

Good morning,

The description of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane has always touched my heart and raised questions in my mind.  One question was whether events of Thursday night and Good Friday would have changed if the disciple could have stayed awake while Jesus prayed.

This morning, while thinking about solitude, I think about the support Jesus would have gained if disciple could have prayed for him that night.  I know in my life I have had friends praying for me during difficult time and it has been a wonderful source of support.

Thursday:  The solitude of the garden                                 Matthew 26: 36-46

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 38 Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” 39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” 40 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? 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

I think it is good lesson that when Jesus knew life was getting harder, he wanted to be alone to pray and he wanted his friends praying for him.  Have you ever thought about that?  Who prayed for Jesus and his ministry?

I pray you continue to find quiet moments.  It is difficult to sense the Divine Presence in the midst of noise and hurry.  God is waiting; draw near and find strength for the day.   Peace

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