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Mark 14:32-42 (NIV)
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. 41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Why do you think Jesus warned the disciples of their upcoming betrayal?
Lord, life can be tough. There are situations that are out of my control, that I fear, and don’t handle well. You were faced with a much tougher situation than I could ever imagine. You handled it with prayer. Prayer filled You with the strength to walk on an extremely difficult road. The disciples had no idea what was ahead of them and how much they needed prayer that night. I have no idea how much I need prayer for the coming day either. Keep me faithful in prayer and submissive to Your Spirit to give me the strength to keep from falling into temptation and to walk through any difficulties that may be ahead of me. How I want to serve You and honor You with my life but without Your Spirit guiding me, my flesh is weak. Oh, how I need You, Lord! Lead me to do Your will and to be alert for when the evil one comes for me, so I am ready. Amen.