Saturday, November 3

Pray through!

Scripture: Job 25, Mark 13-14

Mark 14:36-38 And he said, “Abba, Father!  All things are possible for you.  Take this cup away from me.  Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.” 37 Then he came and found them sleeping.  He said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping?  Couldn’t you stay awake one hour? 38 Stay awake and pray so that you won’t enter into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 

Observation

In the moment of crisis, Jesus turns to His Father in prayer.  The disciples, overcome by fatigue and grief, fall asleep, so Jesus prays in agony alone.  As He wrestles with what awaits Him, Jesus comes to this point of faith: “Not what I will, but what you will.”  He trusts God enough to fully surrender to His will.  He is ready for whatever comes.  He has prayed through.

The disciples, on the other hand, have slept through.  When Jesus awakens them, they are not prepared for what is coming.  Jesus tells them to pray to avoid temptation, because the flesh is weak.  They failed to pray, and sure enough, they failed when the crisis broke.

They resorted to violence, swinging a sword and whacking an ear off.

They ran away, deserting Jesus to face His suffering alone.

And Peter denied knowing Jesus—even after Jesus had predicted this only hours before.

What a contrast between Jesus who prayed through and the disciples who slept through.  Jesus faced His crisis with peace, trust and strength, knowing His was in the Father’s will.  The disciples failed in their crisis at every point.  

Application

Pray through!  This is an old phrase—Christians a couple generations ago used to talk about “praying through”—meaning that you pray through a crisis until you have peace and strength.  

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Pray through!  Every worry can be a catalyst to prayer.  Pray until God’s peace fills your heart and mind.  Pray until you can say, “May your will be done,” and mean it with a joyful heart.  

Pray through and you’ll be prepared for your crisis.  Your spirit will be strong and you won’t fail the test!

Prayer: Lord, I don’t want to sleep through my crisis—I want to pray through it and have Your peace and strength to carry me through!