Jesus’ time in Gethsemane is so important that I’ll devote two blogs to it.
They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here while I pray” (Mark 14:32 THE MESSAGE).
THE MESSAGE: Mark 14:32-36
In Your Bible: Mark 14:32-36
After Jesus prayed for his disciples (John 17), he took them to Gethsemane. Now he would pray for himself with his Father. At this critical time he wanted human fellowship as well as God’s fellowship. Jesus prayed both for himself and for what God wanted. He knew the price he must pray to reconcile man’s sin and knew it would be physically awful.
Jesus Prayer and Man’s Physical Weakness
Jesus took three disciples aside with him to pray. These three had seen his glory at the Transfiguration and now would see his suffering. He told them, “I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here with me and keep vigil” (Mark 14:34 THE MESSAGE).
Jesus Prayed and Prayed and Prayed
- Jesus prayed then stopped and returned to the disciples, but found them unable to stay awake. He chastened them.
- He returned to pray, then went back again to the disciples to check on them and found them asleep again!
- He returned to pray, returned to the disciples a third time and found them asleep!
- Jesus chastened them, told them to get up and leave Gethsemane because his time had come.
Application: At Gethsemane, Jesus’ deep intimate prayer was interrupted by the disciples physical inability to stay alert and wait for him. Even to the point of shortening Jesus’ time in prayer. His chastening of them should be a notice for believers to be strong in prayer and not slumber in it!
Prayer: Father, we do need help in being steadfast in prayer. Please help us.
- Prayer -steadfast, unswerving, resolute, unfaltering, persistant, committed, dedicated, firm – in prayer.
Question: How do you feel about falling asleep when you pray? It is human to do so, but Jesus will help in overcoming our weaknesses. Can we ask for his help here?