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Take Up Your Cross April 30th 2015

Are you nodding off in this world?

And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. (Mark 14:37-39 KJV)

Jesus was speaking to Simon Peter, James, and John who had all drifted off to sleep asleep when they were on watch outside the garden as Jesus spent time in solitude in the garden praying to His Father.  Jesus desired that His disciples be vigilant aware as He spent time alone in prayer with His Father about God’s will.

No doubt it had been a long day for Jesus as well as His disciples they had just finished The Last Supper and Jesus Simon Peter, James, and John; His inner three walked to an area called The Mount of Olives where the Garden of Gethsemane was located.

Jesus said to Simon Peter:  “sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation…” Jesus desired that His disciples be vigilant paying attention knowing they were humanly weak and that time was short.  Jesus knew what was about to befall Him but the disciples did not understand His hour was almost at hand.

Jesus knew that in their exhausted state at the end of a long day they would be more vulnerable to fall into temptation.  Jesus told them for a second time to be on the alert and seek time in prayer with God.  This is important advice for anyone to heed; especially when temptation is near, man is exhausted, and his flesh is weak.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearWhat Jesus had to say man was inspired to be recorded in scripture because of its importance; then and now.  When Jesus’s words and commandments are repeated in the Bible it is of the utmost importance.  God desires that you and I spend time in prayer and be attentive with regards to time.  Not the measurement of time according to a clock but God’s measurement of spiritual time.

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