Keep Watch and Pray

It is not difficult to get burdened down by the barrage of frightening information we are privy to daily. One evening my husband and I were discussing such information to the point that our moods declined and nothing positive seemed to be within our grasp. The Holy Spirit impressed on me that I needed to let go of my focus on the work of the enemy; and instead, concentrate on who the Lord is, and the work He does.

I immediately turned my attention to the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations that describe the unstoppable and unassailable power of the Lord. These scriptures made plain that God is indeed in charge of everything, form beginning to end. Then I opened to Matthew 26: 31-54:

On the Mount of Olives—just before the crucifixion of Jesus—He revealed to the disciples that that they would all (not just Peter) desert Him that night. Furthermore, Peter vehemently denied that he would ever do this; yet later he did just that. Afterwards, when they all went to the Garden of Gethsemane for Jesus to pray, Jesus began to be sorrowful and troubled, and He asked those closest to Him—Peter, James, and John—to watch with Him. After He had fervently prayed, Jesus found them sleeping. Now Jesus said, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.” Incredibly, after a second session of prayer, Jesus returned and found them sleeping again; He said nothing but returned for a third time to petition His Father. Following this intense time of prayer, Jesus said to them:

On the next post, we will examine how this experience with Jesus and His disciples applies to believers today.