The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of March 5-11, 2017, is Matthew 26:36-46. In this passage, we see that although Jesus is the Son of God, He is also very much the Son of Man. He is human! With emotions and weaknesses that we all have! Can you imagine how you would be acting if you knew that you were to soon die a horrible and excruciating death?
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told His disciples, “Sit down here while I go over yonder and pray.” And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to show grief and distress of mind and was deeply depressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and keep awake and keep watch with Me.” And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying,“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter,“What! Are you so utterly unable to stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour? All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again a second time He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass by unless I drink it, Your will be done.” And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were weighed down with sleep. So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, using the same words. Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of especially wicked sinners [whose way or nature it is to act in opposition to God]. Get up, let us be going! See, My betrayer is at hand!” (Matthew 26:26-46, AMP)
Have you ever questioned this passage? It seems abrupt and how could the disciples fall asleep that fast?! This passage is not a short as it first seems. Jesus’ prayer went on all night! We are only given a brief overview of His prayer. Jesus was continually praying that night; asking His Father for another way! Jesus was struggling! He loved His Father, our Father, and wanted to honor Him. He loved us deeply and wanted to save us. Jesus’ prayer that night would be worthy of its own book! We can learn from His brief, but powerfully recorded prayer. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s passage, honestly evaluate your prayer life.