"What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?" (Matthew 26:41)
- Soul sufferings should be the Soul of our sufferings
- Pray when we are faced with making the biggest decision of our lives
- Pray to overcome, conflict, contest, and spiritual battle
THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN
"Then He said to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.'" (Matthew 26:38)
Soul sufferings should the SOUL of our suffering. Our deepest and purest prayers to God should come from soul sufferings.
Jesus, as the Prophet Isaiah said, was indeed a suffering servant, acquainted with our grieves: "A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." (Isaiah 53:3)
Pray when your soul is exceedingly sorrowful.
"Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, 'What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?'" (Matthew 26:40)
When you are faced with deep sorrow that has eternal significance, even your close friends cannot help you. Only God can help you in your deepest soul sufferings.
The fellowship with Jesus in the garden was an invitation to suffering and vulnerability.
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41)
When your soul is consumed with the fire to make the biggest decision that has eternal consequences, pray.
When Jesus was about to make the most important and biggest decision, he prayed.
THE GLORY IN THE GARDEN
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done." (Matthew 26:42)
When we yield to God, He yields his glory to us. When we yield to God, He reveals His glory to us.
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)
Jesus yielded to the glory of the Father in the garden through prayer.
"And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words." (Matthew 26: 43-44)
When you pray be consistent and be persistent. Pray over and over again like Jesus did. Pray and be persistent like the widow prayed.
Jesus prayed three times the same prayer.
THE VICTORY IN THE GARDEN
"Then He came to His 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.'" (Matthew 26:45)
We can overcome deep conflict, contests, and spiritual battle through prayer.
"However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." (Matthew 17:21)
Jesus overcame his sorrow in the garden through prayer.