Sorrow Must Not Stop Us

Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation (Lk 22:46).

The Lord’s final meal with His disciples was a very serious and disturbing event! At the beginning of the Passover Seder as Jesus institutes the “Lord’s Supper,” He declares that He will never observe the Passover again.  He sobers the scene even more when He states that He will no longer  “drink of the fruit of the vine.”  The disciples’ dreams and visions of reigning with power and prestige were dashed.  Jesus announced that He was no longer going to be around.

Immediately after the covenant meal, they walked a mile or so to the nearby Mount of Olives to pray. Jesus was in such anguish “that His sweat was like drops of blood.” The Father even dispatched an angel to minister and strengthen His Son who was in agony and pain.

Jesus finished praying and returned to His disciples who were supposed to be on watch with Him and praying.  He found them all asleep.

If Jesus ever needed supportive intercessors, it was at the time just prior to His Crucifixion.  But those that He counted on to hold Him up in prayer proved non-reliable because they were “exhausted from sorrow.”

Fellow intercessors, this is a lesson we must learn. We must not let sorrow stop us from interceding. It is easy to view God’s destiny for this nation as in jeopardy, but we cannot allow this to produce sorrow that stops us from praying.

  • Father, help us to faithfully watch unto prayer—and when the Church and our nation do turn back, help us endeavor, as it says in Luke, to strengthen the rest of our fellow believers across the world.  Amen

Dave Kubal, President, Intercessors for America, FacebookGet America Praying!

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