Each time Jesus returned to his sleeping band of friends, he admonished them about not taking this hour seriously. He told them that they needed to watch as well as pray, so that they enter not into temptation. Peter, the main disciple that vowed to be with him through this terrible hour fell unconscious as well. Jesus says to him in Mark 14: 37, " Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch on hour? This is the Lydia Ford's version of that passage: "Peter, of all the my brothers, with your big mouth, I thought you said you had my back! What do you mean falling asleep on your Man"!
The passage says that again Jesus went just a little farther and prayed and spoke the same words. And when he returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him." (Mark 14:39-40). Isn't it something how we put such confidence and burdens on our close close friends and confidants. We expect to hold us up before God, and pray fervently on our behalf for God to move our tr trouble out of the way. And when we find that they are weak, won't answer our phone call at 2:00 AM in the morning, retreat into their own cocoon, and avoid us like the plague, or admit that this one, this burden is way beyond their power of intercession, we become disappointed in them. But when we come to the end of ourselves, and the end to seeking help from others, it is then that; "We look to the hills from whence cometh our Help." Our Real Help can only come from the Lord. he is our Savior, he is our Deliverer!
But Jesus didn't stop there. The Bible says that he came to them a third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? it is enough! the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners." Mark 14:41-42 NKJV). There comes a time when we are confronted with our own Garden of Gethsemane, where we too have to utter the words, "Not my will, but thine be done." It is a journey that no one can take but you.It is a bitter cup that no one can drink but you. It is a decision that will sometimes rock the core of your faith. Sometimes the terror and pain of intercession will literally make you feel like you are having a nervous breakdown! That is what happened to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Luke 22:44), says: "And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. He had twice asked that this bitter cup be removed from Him. This proved that Jesus was both human and divine. No one in their right mind would have wanted to be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of an evil, ungrateful, rebellious, pious, wicked, world. All I can say is thank God for Jesus.
Just a footnote, as I close out this session. When pastor Jim Cymbala took a broken-down church in a bad neighborhood, there were fewer than twenty-five members. Now, twenty-five years later over 6,00 people attend Brooklyn Tabernacle. He says, "It didn't happen because of programs, it happened because if intercessory prayer." How about it, is god calling you to go "a little farther?" Selah! Pause and think about it. Many a ministry is born out of intercessory prayer. God takes our misery and turns it into a ministry. He does it not just because of your or my sake, but because somebody needs to know how we survived the storm, and yet,l give god the glory and bless His name.
Bless on this day before Palm Sunday.
"Don't Forget To Say your prayers."