Mark 14:32-50 (KJV)

32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;
34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.
40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.
41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.
43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.
46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.
47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?
49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

How did Jesus face the cross with such courage, while the disciples “all forsook Him and fled” (Mark 14:50)? The garden of Gethsemane holds the answer for us.

As the disciples slept, Jesus prayed.

While the disciples were giving in to the weakness of their bodies, Jesus was drawing strength by obeying the will of God.

When your body is tired and everything is falling apart, you must cling to courage by communicating with God. You must pray and draw hope from Him.

Jesus warned, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).

Fear will grip you unless you’re tuned in to what God is doing—unless you are aware of His will and are committed to doing it. That is doubly true when you are physically weak—when you are weary, hungry or sick.

Friend, are you facing a situation that overwhelms and frightens you?

Then pray.

Not only will God give you the wisdom to deal with the circumstances according to His will, but He will give you His strength to face them with courage.

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