devotional post # 2069
Luk 22:39 And he came out and went, to the Mount of Olives like he used to, and the disciples followed him.
Luk 22:40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not go through tough times.”
Luk 22:41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,
Luk 22:42 saying, “Father, if you are have planned it, take this cup away from me. However, I want not what I want, but what you want to happen.”
Luk 22:43 But an angel from the sky appeared to him, strengthening him.
Luk 22:44 And being in agony he prayed more fervently; and his sweat became like drops of blood pouring on the ground.
Luk 22:45 And when he got up from praying, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping from depression,
Luk 22:46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into tough times.”
Some people wonder how the disciples could be so insensitive as to fall asleep when their lord is in such turmoil. I don’t. If I were there, I would be doing the same thing. My reflexes are to shut down emotionally when facing an intensely emotional experience. It is sometimes frustrating to those around me. For me, it is a defense against the pain. But Jesus challenged his disciples on that day to snap out of that defensive posture and address their depression head-on through prayer. That was the only way to prepare for the tough testing time that was to come.
LORD, show us how to use prayer as our defensive posture.