Why do you sleep?

Luke Bible Background

New Testament: Luke 22.45–46

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 22.31–53 on April 30, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

At any moment Judas would betray Jesus to His enemies and that was when He needed His loyal followers praying, but He found them doing something else:

When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

– Luke 22.45–46

You know how you can be emotionally drained and you fall asleep without even noticing it. That happened to the three disciples, Peter, James, and John, whom Jesus had brought with Him while He moved away from them a little to pray.

However, if they had known what was headed their way, how it would change their lives, how it would change the world forever, and what it would do to their dear Master and Lord, they would have overcome their sorrow, stayed awake and prayed.

Questions:

  • What temptation might the disciples have entered?
  • What moves you to pray?

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