Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Week - Thursday Devotional

Past His Tears...

"Come, stand and watch, wait for me as I pray,
Be with Me, I hurt, I don't want to be alone this way."

Not a request too hard for a man to keep,
But instead of keeping watch, they went off to sleep.

Our Lord was forsaken in even the simplest request,
If we can't give Him that, how can we give Him our best?

My Lord, alone, distressed, in pain, was it fear?
Even then my life, my soul, He held dear.

He loved me enough to overcome His fears,
Loved me enough to look past his tears.

He prayed, "Father, let this cup pass if it may...
"But I want YOUR will done, and with My life I will pay."

Three times He did ask as He prayed there ALONE
I wonder, would they have kept watch, if they had known...

By Diana DePriest
© 1998

The Book of Matthew Chapter 26:36-46 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said* to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said* to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. “Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”

"If we are faithless, He remains faithful, He cannot deny Himself."
II Timothy 2:13

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