Luke 22:40, 42, 46
On reaching the place, he said to them, Pray that you will not fall into temptation. Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. Why are you sleeping? he asked them. Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
Jesus has told the disciples that he must go. That He would be betrayed and slain. He prays and asks that they pray as well, that they would not fall to temptation. We see Jesus in anguish here. He asks God to remove this duty from him, but we also see his incredible surrender too. Thank God Jesus died for our sins!
Jesus tells the disciples to pray that they do not fall into temptation two times – in verses 40 & 46. The fact that this command is repeated should draw our attention. We must pray also so we do not fall when trials come. Prayer is one of our greatest weapons of spiritual warfare. We must use it often. Even when all seems fine, pray, so that you are strengthened when the test comes. Don’t be caught asleep! Will you commit to pray with God regularly?
These verses also highlight surrender. Jesus asked God to remove this task from him, but he also surrendered to God’s perfect will. We can always ask God to take our burdens away from us, but we should always submit to His will. We don’t know how these things fit into the big picture. Will you surrender to the will of God today? He knows whats best for us, and he always works all things out for the good of those who love him!
Prayer for Today: Father God thank you for instructing us to pray. It strengthens us and prepares us for battle. It’s also a way for us to commune with you, our Most Holy One! Lord help me to surrender to your will for my life. Order my steps in your word Lord. I love you today! Amen.