36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
The Footsteps Experience
Observation: While Jesus is engaged in an epic battle with the temptation to flee and escape his impending torment, His closest disciples are missing out on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support their Rabbi through His most difficult hour. Instead of watching and praying, they are snoozing! Have you ever missed an important opportunity because you were distracted or not paying attention? I hate that feeling of regret, knowing that opportunity will not come again. The question I hear God asking me is, “Where is your attention?” Am I focused on the things that threaten me? The things that woo me? The things that distract me? Or are my eyes fixed on Jesus, whether he is sweating blood or healing the blind? I don’t want to miss those moments today when I have the privilege of standing with Jesus in his death and in his resurrection.
Action: Ask the Holy Spirit to focus my attention on what Jesus is doing and what Jesus is saying in each situation I face today. At the end of the day reflect on the question, “Where was my attention today?” Celebrate the moments I stood with Jesus and learn from the moments I missed.