It was Jesus’ final night before the cross. After the Last Supper, he took Peter, James and John to an olive grove to do some heavy praying. Here’s what Jesus told them:
My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.
Then Jesus went off by himself to pray. When he returned, the three disciples were sound asleep. He woke ’em up, told ’em to keep watch and left again to pray. When he came back, he found ’em napping again. He woke ’em up, told ’em to keep watch and left a third time to pray. He returned once more and found ’em snoring.
Then Jesus said this:
Are you asleep? Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
Are you asleep? That’s a great question for us all to ponder today.
Are we awake and alert, keeping watch like Jesus instructed? Or are we sleepwalking through life, stumbling around in a sad state of spiritual snooziness? As Jesus warned: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Heed Jesus’ words. Stop slumbering. GET UP and PRAY!
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