Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." Matthew 26:36 NIV
After Peter and the other disciples said they would never desert Jesus, Jesus took them to a place called Gethsemane. I think they had possibly been there before. Later we read that one of the disciples, Judas, betrays Jesus at Gethsemane. He seemed to know right where Jesus would be. I think he knew the way so well, because this had possibly been a gathering place for Jesus and the disciples to be alone.
The truth in this verse, however, is not the place, but what happened at the place. Notice Jesus’ instructions. At this point, He didn’t ask the disciples to pray, He told them to “sit here while I...pray”. Later on they will be called into a time of prayer, but for now, Jesus wanted them to sit still. I think there are times in our life when we have to obey such a command of God, and wait on Him to pray for us. We have to wait on Him to work His plan in our lives.
The disciples, at this point in Scripture, really have no clue all that was about to take place. They knew Jesus’ teaching. They knew the prophecies, but they could not fully comprehend all that Christ would have to endure. Jesus knew. He knew the path that had been marked out for Him, and He knew the time was now. Jesus knew He had a great work to do, and He was preparing Himself to do the Father’s will.
Sometimes in the Christian life we will not understand all of God’s ways. We will not be clear on what we are to do next. Those are times that God may call us to “sit here while I...pray”. That is why the Bible says the “Spirit intercedes for us”, because we “don’t know what we ought to pray”. (Romans 8:26-27)
Are you at a point where you have no plan; you cannot discern God’s Hand; or you simply don’t have the strength to endure the path before you? Ask God if it is time for you to “Be still and know that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10) It may not be a time for action on your part. It may just be a time for patience as you wait on your God.
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