“And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.“ Matthew 26:37-38, 43-45
Jesus was a few hours from his execution by the Romans. He knew that the hours and horrors of darkness were upon him. His heart was filled with heaviness and grief that he turned to prayer.
The content of his prayers are quite instructive. Because of the unimaginable prospects of being separated from his Heavenly Father bearing the sins of the world, he asked if there was another way around this.
Jesus called three of his disciples and set out to go pray. On three occasions he came back to check them but they were asleep. Each time he encouraged them to tarry with him at least for an hour but they were too burdened with sleep to do this. While the Lord prayed, they slept soundly!
In admonishing them to pray Jesus said in Luke 22:46, “And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
At the third time, Jesus meets them sleeping again. This time he tells them it’s too late to pray. He actually tells them to sleep on.
There’s something called Allotted Prayers. This is a season in which prayers are meant to be offered and as well a ‘quantity’ as it were that should be offered.
Jesus made two things clear, just an hour of prayer would have done so much in the situation. Also there was a time when they were to pray. Anything after that was late!
Peter ultimately fell into temptation and denied the Lord simply because when he was to be praying he was sleeping.
There’s an allotted time and quantity of prayer expected of the Lord for certain things to happen. We must remain sensitive to the nudges of the Spirit to pray and yield to them.
Anything short of the time expected would not do. We must respond within the time of His nudgings too.
I have always imagined, what would have happened if Jesus didn’t pray? It’s better not imagined!
Thank you gracious Father for the opportunity to pray. I am sensitive to the timings, nudgings and seasons of prayers in my life. I declare that i am given to, and i yield to allotted times of prayer in my life. Thank you Father for the discipline to pray, and as i pray, i receive the benefits of these seasons of prayers, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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