Question Jesus Asked[7]: Could you not watch one hour?”


Read: “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?” (Mark 14:37).

Examine: One day before the cross, Jesus said to Peter that he will deny Jesus for which, Peter answered even more strongly, “I will never say that, even if I have to die with you!” And all the other disciples said the same thing.

Just after this event they came to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him. Distress and anguish came over him, and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch.”

He went a little farther on, threw himself on the ground, and prayed that, if possible, he might not have to go through that time of suffering. “Father,” he prayed, “my Father! All things are possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.”

Then he returned and found the three disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Weren’t you able to stay awake for even one hour?” And he said to them, “Keep watch, and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away once more and prayed, saying the same words.

Then he came back to the disciples and found them asleep; they could not keep their eyes open. And they did not know what to say to him. When he came back the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come! Look, the Son of Man is now being handed over to the power of sinners.

Application: The day Jesus warned Peter about the denial, that was the day Peter was supposed to be on guard, and Jesus asked them to stay on guard. Peter was tired, he slept of, other 3 disciples also slept, but Jesus asked to Peter alone, could you now watch one hour.

Then Jesus goes on saying keeping watch and praying will keep us from not falling into temptation, even then when Jesus came back, they were sleeping, Jesus still asking are you still sleeping, there was serious expectation for them to pray.

Decision: Do we really spent time even when we do not feel like, Oh Lord, I am so sorry I have taken prayer so lightly. Lord Jesus, help me to understand that there is a time to pray. Give me wisdom and strength to pray during that time.

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