THE PERSONAL POWER OF PRAYER
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his
disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took Peter, James and
John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and
troubled. "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of
death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch." Going a
little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if
possible the hour might pass from him." , father," he
said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.
Yet not what I will, but what you will." Then he returned to his
disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter,
"are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch
and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit
is willing, but the body is weak." Once more he went away and
prayed the same thing. When he came back, he again found them
sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what
to say to him. Returning the third time, he said to them, "Are
you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look,
the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let
us go! Here comes my betrayer!"
There is nothing like a crisis that drives an individual to
prayer. In fact, sometimes I really believe with all my heart
that God allows different crises to occur in our lives so that
we will come back to the basics. For when it is all said and
done, that's exactly what really counts, the basics. Nothing is
more basic to the Christian life than learning and practicing
the discipline of prayer. Where there is much power, there is
much prayer and where there ...
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