Jesus in Gethsemane
32 They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.”
33 And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled.
34 And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.”
35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.
36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”
37 And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?
38 “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39 Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.
40 And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.
41 And He came the third time, and *said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42 “Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”
New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Mk 14:32–42). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
When we fail to see the connections.
The scripture above can be seen that we need to pray during our greatest tribulations yet we tend to be like the disciples and fall asleep instead during our difficult times. I do not know about you but, as I keep a prayer journal and a written diary which I guess this is now my diary, I can see the small connections today that turned into big changes later on. We may not be conscious of these answers or in my case even forget that we prayed something specific for someone but is answered six months to a year down the road.
There are few of us who are called to preach or minister to the people. I think that anyone who has been in church for a while and decided to visit a few of the other denominations or just a tent revival will find that they come in all flavors as well. I can tell you that when you go to a friends funeral and the preacher of that church that you attended for years does not go through the trouble of learning the names of your family members before service, that is wife and children, it does not impress me at all. When I go to tent revivals and the evangelist is hooting and hollering but, not using Gods’ Word that does not impress me. When people of other ‘Christian’ faith show up and say that what you learned in the Bible is wrong and you need to get their other Bible to get the ‘whole’ story, that does not impress me. When a young man believes he hears God telling him to go preach the Word and he goes and studies the Word and studies under a pastor who has gone to school and gone out preached for twenty years and after doing this for eleven years finally finds the open door to go back to West Virginia and preach at a church in his old home town for half what he is making here in NC working at a manufacturing plant and he is hoping he gets it…well that impresses me.
How to make those connections.
We make those connections by praying and reading the Word and looking around us for insight. One is like the above paragraph, we need to know if the man or woman who we listen and depend on to dispense the Word to us actually is a man or woman of God. Do they actually care about you and your family? Do they know what they are talking about when it comes to the Bible? Do they need you to look at another book to show you they are right? Are they puffed up? Self righteous? What needs to be done for anyone seeking truth is to fast and pray until you get the answers you seek. For those of you who may have some hard questions or situations ahead of you I ask that you do not leave God out of the equation. I ask that God keeps you on His path of righteousness and puts a hedge around you to keep you safe and to experience freedom the way God intended you to.