“And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done” (Matthew 26:37-42).
Today’s Morsel: The story is told of a man who had to leave home early in the morning for his job. He knew that the church was on his route to work and so he would stop by the church, run in for a few moments, kneel and say, “Lord, this is Jim, just wanted to say I love you and thank you for this day.” He would get up and go on his way to work. Well this went on for several years, and Jim took bad sick, and as he was lying in the hospital ward early one morning with tears in his eyes, he heard a voice speaking to him, “Jim, this is Jesus, I just wanted to say I love you.”
Prayer is as old as man, as universal as religion, and instinctive as breathing. It is practiced by all people in some form by all faiths. Prayer springs from a heart with a need. A need greater than man’s ability to provide. Prayer is man’s way of acknowledging that there is someone more powerful and greater than himself. There are many things we are called to do in the church, and Jesus seems to focus on prayer. He said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He never said how long it had to be, nor the position you had to be in. He just said watch and pray. Therefore, the most simple prayer with the right motive is just as effective as the longest ones.
Sing: Someone is praying for you. Someone is praying for you. When you feel all alone, and your heart would break in two, remember someone is praying for you.
Thought For Today: Pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks.