Read Mark 14:32-42
Here they are now in the garden of Gethsemane, praying- supposed to be watching and praying, but it looks like they’re sleeping. They’ve sung the song, now it’s time to pray. Jesus prayed. Jesus asked Peter, James, and John to “watch and pray” in vs. 38, “lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Ever felt like that? I have. Sometimes my alarm goes off in the morning and I remind the Lord that I’m still tired and I don’t feel like I’ve had enough sleep, but when I go ahead and get up I’m blessed, but when my flesh rules, I’m rushed and my time with my “Abba” is cut short. He waits patiently for me at our “meeting place,” which is a little peach-ish colored chair in a corner of my dining room. If I’m late- he is still waiting, and I lose that precious time in His presence. Help me Lord, give more time to you! I want more of you time and less of me time.
My earthly father was not around very much, while I was growing up. As a matter of fact, rarely, but my Heavenly Father is near me everyday. I loved Beth’s insight for us on the word “Abba.” I’m so thankful I can call Him- my “Dear Father.” As I read today’s devotion, I couldn’t help but think about my own son and how much I love him and how it would hurt to know, if he were in desperation calling out to me and I had to let him suffer to save someone else’s life. Jesus loved us so much, He pressed forward to the will of the Father. He asked to let the cup pass, but yet He remembered us and His Father’s plan for us and was willing to give His life. Thank you Lord!!!
Vs. 39 says: “And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.” That lets me know, there is nothing wrong with repeatedly making our requests known to the Lord. If we have to pray about something everyday until the victory comes, it’s okay. I have a tendency to want to talk about something until I wear it out so-to-speak. But, the whole time I’m talking about it, I’m letting go of some of the worry. Maybe this counts for prayer, maybe I should spend more time praying about it and less talking and the worry would be less and less. My husband would probably fall out. I’m going to work on this!
Dear Father, thank you for sending your only son to die on the cross for our sins that we could live in Heaven someday. Thank you, that His life does not end on the cross but He rose again and lives today! Please, bless our sweet sisters that have joined us on this 90 day journey. I’ve been blessed and every day it seems to get richer. I pray the remaining days will be the miracle days for us all in this study as we draw close to your side. In Jesus Holy Name–Amen.
Keeping the Faith,
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