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.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Bethlehem Lutheran – Carson City NV
Observation: Jesus’ disciples were willing to follow Him as people of peace, but they weren’t strong enough to keep up with Jesus in prayer. However, Jesus doesn’t cast blame or cut himself off from them. He reminds them once again of their calling to pray.
Action: Sometimes, the people following me don’t meet my expectations. Instead of acting out of anger or spite when I become frustrated or angry and cutting off these permanent relationships, this week I am going to exhibit that fruit of the Spirit that is patience and call them back to obedience, just like Jesus.