Monday, February 24, 2014

The Savior's Prayer and Sorrow's Sleep

Luke 22:39-46
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[a]

45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
I'd like to think I wouldn't be like the disciples who couldn't stay awake, but I'd likely be worse.  I'm guilty of trying to sleep away sorrow.  I'm also pretty sure that I've never gotten through a lengthy prayer meeting without snoozing, so this one would not have been an exception.  That my Jesus, God's own Son, would have to make due with flawed followers the night before the He was to be crucified says much about His ever patient, long-suffering love.  The old hymn "Lead Me to Calvary" has been playing in my head tonight.  I did find a Youtube offering that I liked.  
Billy Gaines "Lead Me To Calvary"

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