36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
42He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
So many days we walk around asking one another to “pray for me”. Here we learn that there are times when not even our most reliable prayer partners will not “watch out” for us as we instruct. Even Jesus said, I can take you this far. The few of you even further. However at some point, I need to go and be alone.
These are the times when having your own relationship with God and understanding that sometimes you have to be your own prayer advocate comes into play. With that being said I have the following scenario and questions.
I used to be a late night person who enjoyed sleeping in when morning came. Now once I put my daughter on the bus I use this time to study, post, pray and to hear what God has to say to me.
When is your quiet time with God? How do you hear his voice? Are you afraid to go to God on your own behalf? Do you spend all of your prayer time lifting others instead of yourself? Do you feel praying for yourself is selfish?
I sit some mornings wondering why I wasted this precious time all these years.
Be Blessed and talk to me!