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Watch and Pray

Then He said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."  Matthew 26:38

Photo courtesy of pixabay. The house has quieted after a busy day, and you’ve finally set aside time to pray. Suddenly, the phone rings, disrupting the quiet. You find yourself back in your car and out the door again. It seems every time you purpose to pray, a need arises. Duty calls.

Then He said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." In this account, we see the humanity of Christ on full display. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to the Father in His hour of greatest need. He was deeply sorrowful—to the point of death, and rightfully so. He was preparing to bear the iniquity of us all.

Jesus asks His disciples to keep watch with Him. It seems like a relatively simple request, yet they could not. Upon returning, He discovers them fast asleep.

It’s stunning that Christ—the perfect Lamb of God without sin to confess—would sense His need for communion with the Father. If there were anyone who might be able to discharge His duty without prayer, surely it would have been Jesus. Yet He prayed.

Our own lives are often overtaken with other matters. Prayer is neglected because we’re prone to fill our days with lesser things—neglecting the one thing our Lord emphasized the most: our need to commune with the Father. The reasons for our neglect are often legitimate. Our days are rife with activity from sunrise to sundown.

But we need to give careful consideration to Jesus’ words. God hasn’t changed. He is still looking for those who will watch and pray. Christ instructed us to ask, seek, and knock. Not to watch us perform some exercise in futility but because He fully intends to answer.

Quiet yourself and carve out time to pray. When you do, you’ll experience oneness with the Father.

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Nydia DiCarali

Nydia DiCarali resides in New York, has been happily married for twenty years, and is the mother of two teenagers, ages seventeen and fourteen. She has been a Christian for more than twenty-four years and has spent the last thirteen years teaching women’s Bible studies and coordinating retreats and conferences at her local church. She currently serves on the board of a Christian foundation in Long Island that serves women and children in crisis. Nydia also works for a Christian ministry that has recently opened an orphanage in West Africa. Through her involvement with these ministries, she has had the opportunity to create newsletters and provide website content. She loves to encourage others and believes if we allow ourselves to be governed by God’s Word, we can live as more than conquerors.