Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them,
“My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying,
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter,
“So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away again a second time and prayed, saying,
“My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples and said to them,
“Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”
– Matthew 26:36-46 NASB
This is Matthew’s report on what happened the night before Jesus was crucified. Since I told you yesterday that Jesus wants us to live – and pray for – one day at a time, I wanted to show you today how Jesus practiced what He preached.
Yesterday, we read:
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
– Matthew 6:34 NASB
Jesus had long known that He would be rejected and crucified by the rulers in Jerusalem. In fact, He had warned His disciples on several occasions that this would be happening. However, He didn’t concern Himself with the spiritual preparation for it until the day it was to happen. He didn’t worry about tomorrow until tomorrow became today. Let us do the same.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for demonstrating how to take on no more trouble than the trouble of the day before us…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.