Could You Not Stay Awake One Hour?

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Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane

In today’s Bible reading*, Jesus has predicted his betrayal and each of His Disciples has claimed he will never deny Jesus. (Matthew 26:35)

And yet, just a few hours later, Jesus finds Himself praying alone in the Garden. Although they have not denied Him out loud, they have abandoned Him in His time of greatest need.

Prayer is a very private Spiritual Discipline. And if you haven’t been flexing those “muscles” in private, you won’t have the strength when you need it the most. Perhaps hears earlier, His Disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. (Luke 11:1)) Not how to pray, but to pray. Evidently, they haven’t taken it to heart.

When I call prayer a “Spiritual Discipline”, I mean it’s a spiritual activity that you can/should practice. Some other Spiritual Disciplines are Bible reading, Bible memory, Bible study, giving, worship, and evangelism. All of these activities are designed to help you grow closer in your relationship with Jesus.


How do you pray? How often? What do you pray for? Do you find it difficult to pray for extended periods of time? Could you stay awake to pray for an hour? Maybe prayer is a Spiritual Discipline you need to work on a little more, or a little more frequently. The only way you’ll get better is to do it more.

This devotional was originally published on May 10, 2019.

* Today we are reading Matthew 26.

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