“And when He rose up from prayer, and was come to His disciples, He found them sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them, ‘Why sleep ye? Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.’” Luke 22:45-46 (KJB)
“And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly…” says verse 44. He was in agony because of what lay before Him. His flesh was growing weak because of the agony. He longed with all His heart to fulfill the task which lay before Him, and He prayed.
The disciples were sleeping, due to sorrow, yet needed to pray. Peter needed to pray for strength in what lay ahead for him in a few short hours; for then he would deny he even knew Jesus. He needed to pray, rather than sleep.
It is with all sincerity I say this, I do not believe that any human being has experienced the agony equal to that Jesus was suffering on the Mount of Olives that night. We could not have born that sorrow, that agony. I too would probably just go to sleep.
O how I need to pray. We need to be in agony for our lost, condemned, and dying neighbors. Are we willing to pray for them? Are we willing to do what it takes to see that they hear the message of Jesus Christ; that He died for our sins, was buried, and He rose again? Are we willing to share with others what He has done and is doing for us?
Let us rise from our stupor of sleep, and pray.