Garden of Gethsemane
Recently I was studying the scripture in the book of Mark where Jesus was taking his disciples into the Garden of Gethsemane. On my recent trip to Israel, I was privileged to see the garden and several 2000 + year old olive trees that still
cover the landscape. It was easy for me to imagine, after knowing this passage so well, that Jesus had walked the garden, and prayed there. eventually He was arrested there, and then led to a cruel death on my behalf.
Mercy Gate from the garden perspective.
As you look straight west from the Garden of Gethsemane you can see the walls of Jerusalem and the only gate straight ahead called The Mercy Gate. I think to myself,how appropriate that the Mercy Gate was the main gate viewed from that garden, a constant reminder of who Jesus is. The Jews say that the Messiah would first enter the city through this gate. In latter years, the muslims blocked the gate off, for fear that He might very well do that. I am sure he thought of the meaning of that gate many times as he went to the garden to pray and seek the Father’s face. But in that hour of torment, I can only imagine the GREAT mercy He had on our behalf to follow through with His divine destiny.
Today I want us to reflect on Mark 14:37. Prior to this revolutionary passage we read that Jesus has taken his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane and leaving most of them in one place, takes Peter, James and John a little further ahead. He then said to them “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.”
He goes ahead and after praying and being willing to do whatever the Father’s will was, he returned to them. Mark 14:37-38 says, “Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
I find it significant that Jesus said that we are to watch and pray. we know that Jesus had already taught his disciples in John 5; 19-20. So Jesus answered then, "I tell you the solemn truth, the son can do nothing on his own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing. for wahtever the Father does, the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does, and greater deeds than these he will show him, so that you may be amazed."
When we pray beloved friends, we are to hear and judge and seek God’s will. We can only do that when we see what God is doing, and then walk therefore in it. We can only pray the will of the Father, once we know HIS will. How are we going to know unless we WATCH first what He is doing, then obey. We must watch first, know His will, and then pray. If we do not watch, we will most likely pray erroneously.
How is your prayer life? Do you watch and pray, or pray amiss? Are you tuned into what God is doing in your life, or are you casting out numerous prayers in hopes that God will answer some of them. The bible tells us that we can know His will when we watch, seek, and ask. Find God’s will for your life and then pray, and see your prayer unfold before your eyes. It will revolutionize your prayer life ----leaving you never the same.
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