Friday, August 12, 2011


August 12, 2011
The Life of Jesus; read today: The fellowship enters Gethsemane; Matthew 26:36; Mark 14:32; Luke 22:39-40; John 18:1

ESV: Matthew 26:36. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, Sit here, while I go over there and pray.

ESV: Mark 14:32. And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, Sit here while I pray.

ESV: Luke Chapter 22
[39] And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. [40] And when he came to the place, he said to them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation.

ESV: John 18:1. When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

Normally in writing these, I try to find one verse that sticks out, but I feel today that all must be added.  I find it interesting in two of the four Gospels that it is Jesus is the one to pray while the disciples sit, in one, Jesus tells the disciples to pray and in one, pray is not mentioned at all.  Though not mentioned, it could be assumed that there was prayer going on. After a Passover meal prayer is usually observed and what better place than a garden to do it in.

So we can assume from all this that prayer is important.  And it is. What type of prayer becomes the question.  Jesus did not enter in with the disciples in prayer here.  He encourages them to pray and He prays also.  What he have here is prayer to God in one on one terms.  I have heard so much teaching on prayer being a corporate thing, and I do not deny there is strength in it, but there is a time for just talking to God alone, and this was one of those times.

In the hour that was the darkest, Jesus took some time to pray, something that I can learn from as well.  And He did not use His friends to pray with, also something that I can learn from.

Read for next time: Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane; Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46