45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:45-46
I don’t ever remember reading this scripture before, but I love the simple truth laid out here. Lots of things happen in this passage, the last supper and then the tough prayer Jesus prayed where His sweat was bloody. After Jesus had prayed He came upon His disciples asleep due to the great sorrow they felt because He was about to die. I never saw the sorrow part in this before. The disciples were at a low point, or a weak point. They did not know what the future held for them without their teacher still with them. They loved Jesus and did not want to let go of Him, but that was not in their power to stop what was about to happen. The point I am trying to make, and Jesus points out after He wakes them up is when we are at a weak point, we will come under attack. Usually when we are attacked it’s when we are not expecting it and are tired. Jesus has a simple remedy and that is prayer. He told them to pray so that they will not fall into temptation. Back a few blogs ago, I talked about David falling into temptation and going so far as to sleep with another mans wife and murdering him. If David would have used this advice he probably never would have done what he did. Prayer is the best thing to do when faced with temptation. The out God provides is just as simple as talking to Him about it.