Many of us know that this is Easter Week and we are rapidly approaching Good Friday, which is the day that Jesus was crucified. However, during this present crisis, the Lord has placed on my heart to focus more intently on the day before Good Friday…the evening that Jesus prayed and agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane…asking His Abba Father…His Dad… to let the cup of wrath pass from Him, knowing that His Dad would not be able to look upon the sin that He would bear in just a few short hours.
Just prior to His prayer, Jesus “took with Him Peter and two sons of Zebedee” over away from the others to be closer to Him as He prayed. He first commands these three to “stay here and watch with Me.” Three times Jesus caught these three disciples sleeping, even after chastising them, saying, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak..” (Matthew 26:37-41, NKJV)
So, from Thursday evening at sundown to Friday morning sunrise, I urge all believers to do as Jesus commanded His three precious disciples…join me and others in watching and praying…as an outward demonstration of a willing spirit empowered by the Spirit of Christ…in intercession on behalf of our families, churches, communities, and nations, as well as a night of intimate communion with our Dad…reflecting intently on the cup that Christ drank on our behalf and the absolute love that He demonstrated by doing so.
The well-known American evangelist and preacher, R.A. Torrey, claimed that “real praying is a costly exercise but it pays far more than it costs. It is not easy work, but it is most profitable of all work. We can accomplish more by time and strength put into prayer than we can by putting the same amount of time and strength into anything else.”
Let us watch and pray!