Scripture: Luke 22:39 (Jesus) came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” [[43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.]] 45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
Observation: The greek word translated in English as “trial” in verse 40 can also be translated as “temptation”. It echoes the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, “lead us not into temptation”. What’s the temptation Jesus is referring to here? It’s not the temptation to sleep. It’s the temptation to fall away from Jesus once he’s arrested and put on trial. Unfortunately, the disciples succumb to temptation anyway.
Application: This morning’s passage has me thinking about temptation. For me, a great temptation is to think the success or failure of my efforts is primarily dependent on me. And in this mindset I take too much credit when things succeed, and too much blame when they don’t. But when I function in the power of the Spirit, God gets all the glory. God’s power is manifest in my obvious weakness. That’s a difficult thing to admit, but it’s true.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, let your power be manifest in my weakness. For when I am weak, then you are strong. Amen.