Rise and Pray

Rise and Pray

I believe that most sincere Christians would agree that prayer is an essential part of our daily walk with the Lord.  I set aside time for prayer each morning because I know I need an infusion of God’s strength, patience, and wisdom in order to get through the day.

Jesus demonstrated the importance of prayer again and again.  In Luke’s Gospel, we read about Jesus as He prepares for the crucifixion.  On this night he takes His disciples with him to Gethsemane for prayer.  

When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." – Luke 22:40 (NKJV)

We are told that Jesus moved a little way off and prayed fervent, heartfelt prayers.  He then returned to His disciples and found them sleeping.

Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation." – Luke 22:46 (NKJV)

I have to admit, my pride rises up when reading this.  I find myself thinking, “If I’d have been there, I would have stayed awake for Jesus.”  Then I immediately have a mental image of myself in my early-morning prayer time.  I remember a time when I started out in prayer but ended up thinking about work instead.  Then I have another memory of a morning when I realized I’d been staring at the same spot on the wall for several minutes, dozing off during time that I could have been experiencing the presence of my Lord.  Now I see there is no difference between me and the disciples in Gethsemane.

What a humbling experience!  My prayer is that this new view of my morning time with Jesus will help inspire me to deeper, richer, more faithful time spent seeking Him.  I hope this helps you as well.