We Give Ourselves To Prayer, Part 1of4, Evans Olang

Luke 22:39-46,“39 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

One struggle in our lives as believers is having a prayer life. Even men mightily used of God confess their struggle too. Daily prayer is essential in our walk with God. We need to understand that God does not need prayers to be God, we need prayers to be like God (Jesus), to walk in His ways for we are His children. We do not pray because we want to, we pray because we need to.

As Jesus time for crucifixion grew near, He began to prepare His disciples for what was to come. The very best was to tell Peter to be ready for the devil had desired to sift him as wheat and to assure him of His prayers for him. This was not just for Peter but also for the rest of the disciples. Jesus already warned them, Peter in particular that an egregious trial was imminent. Sadly, that warning as well as His imploring them to pray went unheeded. It did not burden them to do something about what Jesus had told them. This leads me to make this point, those troubled have little or no sleep in their minds. Those troubled will be in vertical position rather than horizontal position. They understand that it is time to watch and pray.

Jesus went up the mountain to pray and He brought with Him Peter, James and John. He left them somewhere to pray while He went further to another division of the mountain to pray. He prayed earnestly, faithfully, agonizing and in anguish. It was an intense prayer time unlike other times. While He prayed, He came to check on the disciples and said to them “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak”Matthew 26:39. To stand strong in the face of what awaited them, they needed to pray. Jesus also knew their spirit was willing but their flesh was too weak. Another point, the willing spirit must concur unwilling flesh to yield to what is needed the most in this crucial hour. The flesh does not like the idea of praying, however it needs it to escape temptations. The body needs it for provision, guidance, protection etc. Coming back to check on His friends, He found them fast asleep, when they awoke, He asked them, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?”, Matthew 26:40. “Watch” here means pray. Wow, the Lord would have loved for them to pray with Him at least an hour.

Luke 22 gives clear reasons why they needed to pray. If the Master was arrested as He would, 1. Their faith would be shaken to the point of denying Christ. 2. Their unity was going to be in jeopardy. You take away the shepherd, the sheep is destined to scatter, 3. They needed to stay solid in God’s will even in the midst of the trial ahead of them. 4. They needed to be strong. Prayer was desperately needed in their case.

What is currently happening in the world ought to remind us that we are in a very crucial moments in life. The question is, are we watching and praying? I don’t see any hope outside of praying. We can champion for morality all day long, support political activities that bring about change, rally against things threatening, families, lives. Without watching and praying, our labors will profit a little. Paul says, “For bodily exercise profits a little…”, 1Timothy 4:8 to make it clear. Will we give ourselves to prayers? Blessings Ev

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